Brian W Carlin

Dr Carlin currently practices pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and completed his internship/residency/chief residency at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. He then completed a pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowship at the University of California San Diego.

He is currently employed by Pittsburgh Critical Care Associates and by Sleep Medicine and Lung Health Consultants. He is a senior staff physician at UPMC Altoona Regional Medical Center where he attends in the critical care units. He is the Medical Director for both Lifeline Sleep Disorders Centers as well as Lifeline Pulmonary Rehabilitation Centers.

Dr Carlin is a former Training Program Director for pulmonary and critical care medicine fellows at Allegheny General Hospital. He expanded the training program during his tenure to include a training program in critical care medicine. He is also a former Past President of the National Association for Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Training Program Directors.

Dr Carlin has been active in other national and regional organizations during his career. He is a Past President of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) and is a former Associate Editor for the Journal of Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention. He is the current Chairperson of the National Lung Health Education Program (NLHEP) and is a member of the board of the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).

He is the former Chair of the Education Committee for the American College of Chest Physicians and is a current member of two networks within that organization (Pulmonary Function, Physiology, and Rehabilitation Network and the Interdisciplinary Team Network). He is a former board member of the CHEST Foundation and was the Program Chairperson for the CHEST 2007 annual meeting. He is the former Chair for the Training and Transition Committee for the American Thoracic Society and is the chair-elect for the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Assembly annual meeting.

Dr Carlin has been actively involved in scholarly activities in the field primarily with COPD, 30-day readmission rates, and pulmonary rehabilitation. He was a member of the 1997 and 2007 Evidence Based Guidelines for Pulmonary Rehabilitation (a conjoint project of the ACCP and the AACVPR) and has been a participant in recently released guidelines (ATS/ERS) for pulmonary rehabilitation as well as the timed walk test. He is the current co-Chair for the upcoming 4th edition of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Guidelines for the AACVPR. He has coauthored many papers including those in the field of core competencies for pulmonary rehabilitation professionals, comorbidities for COPD, and roles and responsibilities for the pulmonary rehabilitation medical director. He is also a participant in the upcoming individual certification program for pulmonary rehabilitation professionals.

He has helped to develop two successful 30-day readmission reduction programs for patients who have been hospitalized with COPD exacerbations in the western Pennsylvania area. These programs have resulted in a decrease in the 30-day readmission rates for patients with COPD and heart disease by 25%. He is currently interested in the development of educational programs for professionals in the fields of performance of spirometry and the use of devices for inhaled medication delivery.

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