The Emerging Role of the Respiratory Therapist in PAH

 Published: January 29, 2020

By: Heather Willden


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As part of Big Ideas Theater 2019, Tonya Zeiger, RRT, CPFT, discusses the vital role respiratory therapists play in delivering care to patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension. She explains how educational opportunities have grown through the partnering of the AARC and Pulmonary Hypertension Association to develop courses and credits for respiratory therapists. Zeiger believes staying up to date on new technology in the industry allows for better care of the patient.

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Big Ideas Theater 2019 was filmed at the AARC Congress 2019 in New Orleans, LA. Congress speakers and lecturers shared their expertise and insights during these brief interviews.

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Heather Willden

Heather Willden is the Director of Governance and Strategic Initiatives for the AARC where she works with state affiliates as the HOD liaison. She also manages DEI efforts and strategic initiatives. Connect with her about these topics by email, AARConnect or LinkedIn. When she's not working, you can find her podcasting with her husband, exploring new hiking trails, photographing, and spending time with her family.

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