This website has been made possible through the dedication and support of many people. First and foremost, I’d like to say thank you to my husband Mark for his love and support during this whole process.

This website was funded in part by a grant entitled the “GlaxoSmithKline Distinguished Scholar Award in Respiratory Health” from the Chest Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American College of Chest Physicians. I wish to thank the Chest Foundation, without which, this work would not have been possible.

I would like to thank all of the Staff and Education Specialists at the American College of Chest Physicians for their invaluable assistance with the planning and execution of the educational content of this interactive website. I would also like to thank all members of the planning committee (listed under the “Faculty” section) for their assistance in developing, modifying, and evaluating the original content presented in 21 cities across the US in the COPD regional programs entitled “COPD: What Really Works: A Best Practices Workshop for Primary Care” throughout 2009-2010.

Special thanks should be given to the students, residents, fellows, and faculty of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and The South Texas Veterans Health Care System and my family and friends for their assistance in reviewing, testing, and helping with modifications of the content of this website.

I am especially grateful for the expert guidance, direction, production, editing skills, and support of Ted Cumpston and his staff at Audio Visual Resource Group, without which this work would not have been possible.

Finally, I am eternally grateful to all of our patients with COPD who have taught me lessons that cannot be learned in books and have allowed me to gain the experience that I am able to share with all healthcare professionals through this educational website.