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Disparities In Asthma: Who Is At Risk?
Disparities In Asthma: Who Is At Risk?
Effective Date: 10/1/2011
Expiration Date: 9/30/2012
Credits: 1.0
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LeRoy M. Graham, Jr, MD, FCCP

Georgia Pediatric Pulmonology Associates, PC
Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Morehouse School of Medicine
Founder and Medical Director Not One More Life, Inc

LeRoy M. Graham, Jr., MD, FCCP is Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Morehouse School of Medicine and Staff Physician at Scottish Rite Children’s Medical Center, Hughes Spalding Children’s Hospital, and Egleston Children’s Hospital, all located in Atlanta, Georgia. He is also one of the partners of Georgia Pediatric Pulmonology Associates, PC, a private practice in Atlanta, Georgia. He is also founder and Medical Director of Not One More Life Asthma, Inc. He received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. Dr. Graham completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado, and he completed a fellowship in pediatric pulmonology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado. In addition, he completed a fellowship in pulmonary research at the Cardiovascular Pulmonary Research Laboratory of the Webb Waring Lung Institute in Denver. Dr. Graham serves on the Board of Regents of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) and on the AACP’s Diversity Task Force commissioned to address health disparities attributable to respiratory disease; he also serves as chair of the Task Force’s subcommittee on education and research.

Dr. Graham has published numerous articles and abstracts in Chest, Journal of the Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, American Review of Respiratory Disease, Pediatrics and Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Gerald W. Staton, MD, FCCP

Professor of Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia

Gerald W. Staton MD, FCCP, FACP is a Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. He received a Bachelors of Chemistry degree from The Georgia Institute of Technology and his Medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and was honored as the summa cum laude graduate of his class. Dr Staton’s internship and residency were completed at Stanford University and he was honored to be chosen for pulmonary fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital of Harvard University. He came to Emory in 1981 as an Instructor of Medicine, rising to Professor in 1993. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, and Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Staton has previously published research relating to the diagnosis and immunopathogenesis of sarcoidosis and other interstitial lung diseases and the effects of off bypass coronary artery surgery on lung function. His current research interests are the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and sarcoidosis.

Dr. Staton has been named one of the Best Pulmonary Physicians in Atlanta from 1995 up to the most recent listing in Atlanta Magazine and has been chosen one of the Best Doctors in America from 1995 to currently.


Asthma in the United States continues to be characterized by alarmingly persistent, if not increasing, healthcare disparities. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reviewed asthma prevalence, disease characteristics and self-management education in the United States over the period of 2001 – 2009. The overall prevalence of asthma increased 12.3% from 7.3% (20.3 million persons) in 2001 to 8.2% (24.6 million persons) in 2009. This increase in prevalence was most notable among the young, minorities, women and the poor. Persistent disparities in prevalence, healthcare utilization and morbidity attributable to asthma continue to increase primarily among minority and poor populations. The current review documents these disparities and several areas of investigation into possible associations and mechanisms inherent in these disparities.

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