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Bob Brown

Respiratory Care Career: I began my Respiratory Care career at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Medical Director: Barry Shapiro, MD; Respiratory Therapy Department Director: John Walton, MHA, MBA, RRT) in June 1976, by working in the Blood Gas Laboratories. After completing an accelerated Respiratory Therapy Registry program (Program Director: Robert Kacmareck, PhD, RRT), through Northwestern University Medical School, I became Supervisor of Respiratory Care, Central Blood Gas Laboratory, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in June 1979. I also taught part-time in the Respiratory Therapy programs & Medical Technologist program at Northwestern University. I moved to Madison, WI in September of 1980, where I began employment at the University of WI Hospitals and Clinics (UWHC); primarily performing specialized Respiratory Studies, along with providing general & critical patient care therapeutic support. I soon transitioned into the UWHC Pulmonary Function Laboratory (Director/Mentor: Richard Beauchamp, RPFT) and continued teaching Respiratory Therapy students (part-time), via the Madison Area Technical College. In September 1985, I became Director, Pulmonary Diagnostic Services & Assistant Director, and Respiratory Care Services, at UWHC. I continued in that role until January 1997. During that time period I had the opportunity of serving in member and leadership capacities, with the American Association of Respiratory Care (primarily Chair Elect and Chair Diagnostics Specialty Section, Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics Clinical Practice Guidelines Working Group) and the National Board for Respiratory Care (primarily CPFT and RPFT examination committees), teaching in numerous CME events across the country, as well as publishing in peer-reviewed media; 1 book (co-author), 5 book chapters, 33 articles (primary or co-author) & 5 original research abstracts (also defended in scientific sessions).