Mark W. Mangus, Sr. has worked
in respiratory care for 37 years taking a non-traditional path to earning his
credentials. Like many of his era, he began as an OJT, receiving his CRTT 10
years into practice after completing a one-year ‘C of C’ program. Earning
Associates Degrees in Arts and Science he challenged and earned the RRT, CPFT
and RPFT credentials. He completed his BSRC at the University of Texas Health
Science Center at San Antonio in 2000.
a hospital staff therapist, Mark spent more than 20 years critical care.
Additionally, he spent more than 15 years in home respiratory care, helping to
launch and build several independent HME companies, serving as a consultant and
therapist for a number of companies along the way. Mark taught clinical
respiratory care for three years at St Philips College, San Antonio and
Management of Respiratory Disease for six years at the University of Texas
Health Science Center at San Antonio.
As part of launching a new
hospital for the Christus Santa Rosa system in San Antonio, Mark launched a
Respiratory Therapist-driven Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program in 1989
that over nearly 20 years has seen more than 3000 patients and become a resource
for numerous programs throughout the region as well as a training center for
respiratory care training programs in south-central Texas.
In 1998, Mark joined the
on-line COPD group EFFORTS (Emphysema Foundation For Our Right To Survive) and
became a part of the medical advisory board where he continues to share his
knowledge and caring with those who suffer from COPD and other chronic
Mark served as
a consulting editor to the journal Respiratory Care from 1984 – 1990. He
currently serves on the editorial advisory boards and writes articles and
columns for a number of publications for those with lung disease and those who
care for them, including; “The Pulmonary Paper”, “Breathing”, “Everything
Respiratory” and assorted newsletters. He recently contributed to the revision
of the American Lung Association publication; “Around the Clock with COPD” and
the new publication; “The Caregivers Guide to COPD”, published jointly with The
American Lung Association and Krames Co. He has lectured extensively on topics
encompassing pulmonary rehabilitation, management of COPD and home oxygen
therapy/Long Term Oxygen Therapy (LTOT) among other topics.
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