John Hansen-Flaschen, MD

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Emeritus Professor CE of Medicine
Founding Director, Jay and Randy Fishman Home Assisted Ventilation Program, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department: Medicine

Contact information
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
843 Gates
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (215) 662-5317
Fax: (215) 614-0516
A.B. (Honors in Chemistry)
Brown University, 1972.
M.D. (Medicine)
New York University, 1976.
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Description of Research Expertise

My career research interest is palliative and end-of-life care for patients with advanced respiratory disease with special interest in the assessment and treatment of chronic breathlessness.

Presently, my research focuses on respiratory care for adults with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and other neuromuscular diseases that cause chronic respiratory failure.

Description of Clinical Expertise

I am the Founding Medical Director of the Jay and Randy Fishman Program for Home Assisted Ventilation at the University of Pennsylvania. Our team offers comprehensive care for patients with chronic neuromuscular and thoracic skeletal diseases that compromise breathing, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy, and scoliosis. Our services include ongoing care of patients who require long-term noninvasive or invasive mechanical ventilation at home.

Description of Other Expertise

I am an avid photographer

Selected Publications

Johnson Miriam J, Yorke Janelle, Hansen-Flaschen John, Lansing Robert, Ekström Magnus, Similowski Thomas, Currow David C: Towards an expert consensus to delineate a clinical syndrome of chronic breathlessness. The European respiratory journal 49(5): 1602277, May 2017.

Kerlin Meeta Prasad, Small Dylan S, Cooney Elizabeth, Fuchs Barry D, Bellini Lisa M, Mikkelsen Mark E, Schweickert William D, Bakhru Rita N, Gabler Nicole B, Harhay Michael O, Hansen-Flaschen John, Halpern Scott D: A randomized trial of nighttime physician staffing in an intensive care unit. The New England journal of medicine 368(23): 2201-9, Jun 2013.

Chandra Divay, Lipson David A, Hoffman Eric A, Hansen-Flaschen John, Sciurba Frank C, Decamp Malcolm M, Reilly John J, Washko George R: Perfusion scintigraphy and patient selection for lung volume reduction surgery. American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine 182(7): 937-46, Oct 2010.

Lanken Paul N, Terry Peter B, Delisser Horace M, Fahy Bonnie F, Hansen-Flaschen John, Heffner John E, Levy Mitchell, Mularski Richard A, Osborne Molly L, Prendergast Thomas J, Rocker Graeme, Sibbald William J, Wilfond Benjamin, Yankaskas James R: An official American Thoracic Society clinical policy statement: palliative care for patients with respiratory diseases and critical illnesses. American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine 177(8): 912-27, Apr 2008.

Kreider Mary Elizabeth, Hansen-Flaschen John, Ahmad Nadia N, Rossman Milton D, Kaiser Larry R, Kucharczuk John C, Shrager Joseph B: Complications of video-assisted thoracoscopic lung biopsy in patients with interstitial lung disease. The Annals of thoracic surgery 83(3): 1140-4, Mar 2007.

Halpern Scott D, Hansen-Flaschen John: Terminal withdrawal of life-sustaining supplemental oxygen. JAMA 296(11): 1397-400, Sep 2006.

Margolis Mitchell L, Christie Jason D, Silvestri Gerard A, Kaiser Larry, Santiago Silverio, Hansen-Flaschen John: Racial differences pertaining to a belief about lung cancer surgery: results of a multicenter survey. Annals of internal medicine 139(7): 558-63, Oct 2003.

Kotloff R M, Hansen-Flaschen J, Lipson D A, Tino G, Arcasoy S M, Alavi A, Kaiser L R: Apical perfusion fraction as a predictor of short-term functional outcome following bilateral lung volume reduction surgery. Chest 120(5): 1609-15, Nov 2001.

Kotloff R M, Tino G, Bavaria J E, Palevsky H I, Hansen-Flaschen J, Wahl P M, Kaiser L R: Bilateral lung volume reduction surgery for advanced emphysema. A comparison of median sternotomy and thoracoscopic approaches. Chest 110(6): 1399-406, Dec 1996.

Hansen-Flaschen J H, Brazinsky S, Basile C, Lanken P N: Use of sedating drugs and neuromuscular blocking agents in patients requiring mechanical ventilation for respiratory failure. A national survey. JAMA 266(20): 2870-5, Nov 1991.

Hansen-Flaschen John: Annals of the American Thoracic Society: Ocean Faring at Age 4. Annals of the American Thoracic Society 14(2): 160-162, Feb 2017.

Hansen-Flaschen John: A PIECE OF MY MIND. What Now? What Next? JAMA 315(8): 755-6, Feb 2016.

Hansen-Flaschen John: The New ATS journal for clinicians. Annals of the American Thoracic Society 10(1): 54-5, Feb 2013.

Mahler Donald A, Selecky Paul A, Harrod Christopher G, Benditt Joshua O, Carrieri-Kohlman Virginia, Curtis J Randall, Manning Harold L, Mularski Richard A, Varkey Basil, Campbell Margaret, Carter Edward R, Chiong Jun Ratunil, Ely E Wesley, Hansen-Flaschen John, O'Donnell Denis E, Waller Alexander: American College of Chest Physicians consensus statement on the management of dyspnea in patients with advanced lung or heart disease. Chest 137(3): 674-91, Mar 2010.

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