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Gail Harris (Pulmonary Rehabilitation)

Phone: (312) 864-2923

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is a ten week program for adults who suffer with chronic lung disease. The patients attend three days a week and are exercised while being monitored.

Lectures are given at each session on different topics regarding living with lung disease. Some of the topics include: how the normal lungs function, Asthma, Emphysema, Sarcoidosis, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Oxygen Therapy, Nutrition, Stress and the dangers of smoking.

After ten weeks, the patients graduate and those who qualify may enter our maintenance classes which allow them to continue to exercise with us two times a week.

In addition, we have a Better Breathers Support Group, which meets once a month in the cafeteria, Room #3. Patients hear from staff members to assist the patients with their needs and to enlighten them further on the resources that we are able to offer them here at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital. For instance, some of our topics and speakers have included:


  • Alcohol/Recreational Drugs
  • Basic Foot Care
  • Dealing with hearing problems
  • Dealing with Stress & Depression
  • Disability & Medicare Updates
  • Ear, Nose & Throat
  • Foot Clinic
  • Health Advocate
  • Lung transplants
  • Medication Training for COPD
  • Oxygen Therapy
  • Pulmonary
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • RHA Lung Educator
  • Social Worker
  • Updates on changes at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital


  • Paul Concialdi
  • LaSharon Dennis
  • Jacqueline Marshall
  • Dr. McGarry
  • Stephanie Newland (Audiologist)
  • Loretta Odom R.N.
  • Sara Semal
  • Dr. Quesada

Finally, the Pulmonary Rehab program has partnered with community resources like The Respiratory Health Association and the American Lung Association. These two organizations host annual conferences and events for people with lung disease and many of our patients attend.

Dr. Shirin Muzaffar is the Chairman, Dr. Nancy Quesada is the Medical Director and Gail Harris, who is a Registered Respiratory Therapist, is the Coordinator of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program.