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Suzanne Lareau, MS, RN, FAAN

Senior Instructor

Suzanne Lareau

Suzanne Lareau’s clinical expertise is in the management of pulmonary patients. She is internationally known for her work in pulmonary rehabilitations and is former Chair of the Assembly on Pulmonary Rehabilitation in the American Thoracic Society (ATS). She has developed international guidelines on the treatment and management of COPD patients for ATS. She has served on task forces to develop statements by both the ATS and European Respiratory Society (ERS): Pulmonary Rehabilitation (1999, 2006, and 2013); Dyspnea (1999, 2012); and a document on integrated care of the patient with COPD (2012). She serves on the editorial boards of two journals and is a reviewer for more than 25 medical and nursing journals. She has developed two instruments evaluating symptoms and functional status in pulmonary patients (the Pulmonary Functional Status and Dyspnea Questionnaire [PFSDQ] and the shorter version, the PFSDQ-M). These have been used and translated into eight languages.

Degree Awarding Institution Field of Study Graduation Date
MS University of Arizona,Tucson, AZ Nursing 1973
BS University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC Nursing 1969
Diploma Sacred Heart Hospital, School of Nursing, Manchester, NH Nursing 1966
Title Organization Year
Elizabeth Rich MD Awardee American Thoracic Society 2013
Pioneer Award

American Thoracic Society

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Assembly

Elizabeth Rich MD Award Nominee American Thoracic Society 2001 & 2012
Fellow American Academy of Nursing 2006
Who's Who in ATS American Thoracic Society 2005
Excellence in Nursing Leadership and Clinical Practice Gamma Alpha Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International 1999
Nursing Excellence in Writing Gamma Alpha Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International 1990, 1996, 1999
Excellence in Nursing Award VAMC, Loma Linda CA 1993
Professional Employee of the Year Federal Executive Board of Los Angeles 1993
  1. Spruit, MA, F Pitta, C Garvey, R ZuWallack, CM Roberts, E Collins, R Goldstein, R McNamara, P Surpas, K Atsuyoshi, J-L Lopez-Campos, G Vogiatzis, J Williams, EM Clini, S Lareau, D Brooks, T Troosters, SJ Singh, S Hartl, & EFM Wouters. Differences in content and organizational aspects of pulmonary rehabilitation programs. Eur Respir J, 43, 1326-1337. 2014. doi:10.1183/09031936.00145613
  2. SC Lareau, E Moseson, & CG Slatore. Exacerbation of COPD. Am J Respir Crit Care Med, 189:11-12, 2014.
  3. Puhan M, & SC Lareau. Evidence-based outcomes from PR in the COPD patient. Chest Medicine Clinics 35:295-3-1, 2014.
  4. Fahy B, M Sockrider, S Lareau. Pulmonary function tests. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 189:17-18, 2014.
  5. Lareau S, P Meek, R ZuWallack. Effect of Pulmonary Rehabilitation on Dyspnea Chapter 14: Dyspnea: Mechanisms, Measurement, and Management, Third Edition, eds D Mahler, DE O'Donnell, for Informa Health Care (Taylor & Francis Group). CRC Press.
  6. Spruit MA, SJ Singh...SC Lareau et al. 2013 An Official American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society Statement: Key concepts and advances in pulmonary rehabilitation. American Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine. 188: 1011-1027.
  7. M Sockrider, S Lareau, B Fahy, L Reinke. The Flu-Prevention and Treatment of Influenza Infection. 2013-2014 update. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 188; 3-4, 2013 (online publication October 2013) at
  8. Lareau SC, M Mealer. History of Pulmonary Critical Care Nursing and Where are we Going? Crit Care Nurs Clin N Am. 24: 355-359, 2012.
  9. Nici L, R ZuWallack, S Adams, J Bourbeau…S Lareau… An Official American Thoracic Society Workshop Report: The Integrated Care of the COPD Patient. Proceedings of the Am Thor Soc 2012. 9:9-18. . DOI: 10.1513/pats.201201-0145ST
  10. Parshall, M B, RM Schwartzstein, L Adams, RB Banzett, HL Manning, J Bourbeau, PM Calverley, AG Gift, A Harver, SC Lareau, DA Mahler, PM Meek, & DE O’Donnell. 2012. An Official ATS Statement: Update on the mechanisms, assessment, and management of dyspnea. American Jounal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine, 185: 435-452. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201111-2042ST
  11. M Neu, E Corwin, SC Lareau, C Marcheggiani-Howard. A review of nonsurgical treatment for the symptom of irritability in infants with GERD. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing. 2011. Doi: 10.1111/j. 1744-615.2011.00310.x
  12. Lareau S, R Hodder. Teaching inhaler use in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 2012. 24:113-120. Doi: 10:1111/j.1745-7599.2011.00681.x
  13. Lareau SC, BP Yawn. Improving adherence in COPD. International Journal of COPD 2011.
  14. Nici L, S Lareau, R ZuWallack R. Pulmonary Rehabilitation in the Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Journal of the American Family Physician. 82:655-660 2010.
  15. Lareau S, L Nici. Outcomes Obtained with Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Update (PCCU). 2010;24 (Lesson 11)
  16. Nici L, J Raskin, C Rochester, SC Lareau et al. Pulmonary Rehabilitation: What we know and what we need to know. J Cardiopulm Rehab Prev 29:141-151, 2009.
  17. Kovelis D, NO Segretti, VS Probst, SC Lareau, AF Brunetto, F Pitta Validation of the Modified Pulmonary Functional Status and Dyspnea Questionnaire (PFSDQ-M) and the Medical Research Council scale for use in Brazilian patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia. 34:1008-1018, 2008.
  18. Huang T-Y, DK Moser, Y-S Hsieh, SC Lareau, A de Souza Caroci, S-Li Hwang Validation of the Chinese Version of the Modified Pulmonary Functional Status and Dyspnea Questionnaire with heart failure patients in Taiwan. Am J Crit Care. 17:436-442, 2008.
  19. C Michaels, Lareau SC. Symptom Perspectives: Patient-provider differences and communication Dis Manage Health Outcomes 16:359-363, 2008.
  20. Lareau SC. Importance of Functional Performance Assessment for Severe COPD. Multidis Respir Med 3:30-31, 2008.
  21. Celli BR, CG Cote, SC Lareau, PM Meek. Predictors of Survival in COPD: more than just the FEV. J Respir Med. 102:S27-35, 2008.
  22. Meek P, SC Lareau, BF Fahy. Selection of Aerosol Delivery Device. International J Respir Care. 2: 130-133, 2006
  23. Reardon, J, S Lareau, R ZuWallack. Functional Status and Quality of Life in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Am J Med 119:S32-37, 2006.
  24. Nici L, R ZuWallack, R Goldstein,...SC Lareau et al. American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society Statement on Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Am J Resp Crit Care Med. 173:1390-1413, 2006.
  25. Tesfaigzi Y, P Meek, S Lareau. 2006. Exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and chronic mucus hypersecretion. Clin Appl Immunology Reviews 6:21-36.
  26. Jones PW, S Lareau, DA Mahler. Measuring the effects of COPD on the patient. J Respir Med. 99:511-518. 2005.
  27. Caroci AC, SC Lareau. Descriptors of Dyspnea by Patients wit hchronic obstructuve pulmonary disease versus Congestive Heart Failure. Heart & Lung 33:102-110, 2004.
  28. Celli, BR, W MacNee, A Augsti A Anzueto, B Berg, AS Buist...S Lareau et al. Standards for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with COPD: a summary of the ATS/ERS position paper. Eur Respir J 23:932-946. 2004.
  29. Meek PM. SC Lareau. Critical Outcomes in Pulmonary Rehabilitation: Reduced Symptoms. J Rehab Res Dev 40: 13-24, 2003.
  30. Meek PM, J Hu, SC Lareau. Are Self-reports of Breathing Effort and Breathing Distress Stable and Valid Measures among Persons wiht Asthma, Persons with COPD, and Healthy Persons? Heart & Lung, 32: 335-346, 2003.
  31. Meek PM, SC Lareau, D Anderson. Memory for Symptoms in COPD Patients: How Accurate are Their Reports? Eur Respir J. 18:474-481, 2001.