Meet Your COPD Foundation Captains!

COPD Foundation Captains are volunteers with COPD, caregivers, friends and family members or healthcare providers who use their contacts and talents and partner with the COPD Foundation to serve as state and community leaders.

Captains promote the importance of becoming a part of the COPD community. They work to spread COPD awareness in their state and local areas, mentor fellow COPD community members, and participate in online and in-person grassroots advocacy and community building activities focused on health policy issues that are important to those who have COPD. If you are interested in joining our group of volunteers, click here.

If you'd like to speak with a COPD Foundation Captain directly, please email and we will connect you with the Captain in your area of interest.

Dr. Kiran A Palande

Dr. Kiran A Palande Profile Photo Mumbai, India

Hi! I am Dr. Kiran A Palande and I am honoured to be the First Captain of the COPD Foundation in India (Mumbai). I am a Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapist with a special interest in Pulmonary Rehabilitation. I hope to achieve my goal of raising COPD awareness and improving the daily activities of COPD patients by promoting Pulmonary rehabilitation, which will have a positive impact on the lives of countless individuals living with lung diseases by providing them with the tools and support they need to live healthier and more fulfilling lives.

My motivation for becoming a State Advocacy Captain is to broaden my knowledge base, expand my networking opportunities and services to people in need. Many patients have limited access to and knowledge of the resources available to them.

I plan to achieve these goals through community events, raising awareness, advocacy, and fundraising. We need to engage real people with real issues, real tales. This is where the battle starts.

I would also want to hear your ideas, so please connect with me if you have any ideas or just want to talk! :)

I am always ready to lend a compassionate ear via COPD360social.

One of my favourite quotes is “The trick to life is to just keep breathing. ~Johnny Lung”

I feel that by working together with others who share my enthusiasm, we can make a big difference in the lives of COPD patients.


I am very grateful to be a part of this experience.



COPD Foundation State Captain Program Informational Video

The COPD Foundation is looking for new State Captains to join our community to be champions for promoting COPD awareness, improving quality of life for those with COPD, to participate in research opportunities, policy, and much more. Email for questions and to start the onboarding process today!