David Kaufman, M.D.

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David A. Kaufman, M.D., wrote about lung disease, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and more for HealthCentral. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. He sees patients with lung diseases, including asthma, COPD, and interstitial lung diseases. He also cares for critically ill patients in the ICU at Mount Sinai.

Latest by David Kaufman, M.D.

Progression of Emphysema: How Do You Know It's Near the End?

Emphysema is one of the main diseases included in the diagnosis "chronic obstructive pulmonary disease," or COPD. The other is chronic bronchitis. Most people with COPD have a combination of both. Some people have mostly chronic bronchitis...

Pulmonary function tests and lung age: Do you know yours?

In the last post, I discussed COPD and asthma, and how to distinguish them. I introduced the topic of pulmonary function tests, or PFTs. Today, I would like to discuss PFTs in more detail. PFTs allow health care professionals to make the diagnosis of ...

COPD and asthma: What's the difference?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is, I think, one of the most misunderstood common lung diseases. It is very important, as it is the 4th most common cause of death in the US, and the only common cause of death that is becoming more common...

Smoking on screen and on the field: Athletes and celebs who smoke

I came across an interesting article yesterday while I was catching up on soccer news. David James is an English soccer goalie who smoked for many years before giving it up about 7 years ago. He discusses many of the strategies he tried to use to sto...