Grace Anne Dorney Koppel Will be Keynote Speaker at AARC Congress 2011

October 06, 2011

Grace Anne Dorney Koppel will be the keynote speaker at the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Congress 2011, according to their website.

Her keynote address is titled, "Dispensing Courage" and it will focus on the real meaning of heroism and courage in the context of working with COPD patients for whom there is no medical cure.

Koppel will share her insights into COPD and pulmonary rehabilitation with Congress goers during the opening ceremonies in Tampa on Nov. 5, and attendees are sure to walk away with a new appreciation not only of how pulmonary rehab can help COPD patients, but how COPD patients can make the most of the rehabilitation they receive. Learn more about Koppel’s impact on the COPD community in this article in the March 2010 issue of AARC Times.

Koppel was diagnosed with COPD in 2001 and told she might only have another few years to live.

Despite this diagnosis, she found a pulmonary rehabilitation program and enrolled, and ten years later is still going strong, serving as an attorney in private practice in Potomac, MD, and business manager for her husband, former Nightline anchor Ted Koppel.

“For me, until the cure is here, the Gospel of COPD is that other than our medications, our best hope is to teach, to inspire and to rehabilitate, to give those who have lung disease the motivation to persevere,” said Koppel. “We have a shared mission with the AARC—improving the quality of life of all who have lung disease.”

And she’s gone to bat for COPD patients in an underserved area of the country as well, with the establishment of the Grace Ann Dorney Pulmonary & Cardiac Rehabilitation Center in Leonardtown, MD, a state-of-the-art facility funded by husband Ted as a birthday gift to his wife. They are currently scouting other areas of the country where other centers may be built.
To read more, read the full article on the AARC website.