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Pulmonology Patient Stories

Asthma Institute 

Our patient stories profile those who are asthma patients at the University of Pittsburgh Asthma Institute at UPMC. Although everyone's care experience is unique, we hope that sharing these stories will help prospective patients and their families better understand these procedures and their potential impact on patients' lives.

Note: These patients' treatments and results may not be representative of all similar cases.

Tere Long

Tere Long

Shortness of breath and exhaustion were controlling Tere Long's life, but with the help of Sally Wenzel, MD, a world-renowned asthma expert and researcher at the University of Pittsburgh Asthma Institute at UPMC, she now has her life back.

Read Tere's story.


Doris Coletta

Prior to being treated by Dr. Wenzel at the Asthma Institute, Doris Coletta experienced severe asthma without much hope of feeling better.

A patient of UPMC since 2007, Doris is determined to live each day to the fullest, with the help of her team of asthma specialists.

She recently retired, and is looking forward to enjoying time with friends and family and doing the things she loves.

Read Doris' story.