Carolyn L. Rochester, MD, FCCP

Professor; Medical Director, Yale COPD Program; Medical Director, Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, VA Connecticut Healthcare System

Research Interests

Emphysema; Exercise Test; Quality of Life; Rehabilitation; Respiration; Pulmonary Medicine; Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive

Research Organizations

Internal Medicine: Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

Faculty Research

Office of Cooperative Research

Research Summary

Partial List of Past and Current Research Projects

Collaborator, National Emphysema Treatment Trial, in conjunction with Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY. Established Gaylord Hospital-based pulmonary rehabilitation program as official satellite rehabilitation center for the NET Trial.

Co-investigator: "Quality of Life and Survival of Patients Affected by Chronic Respiratory Failure", International Study (PW Jones, London, UK, and Mauro Carone, Veruno, Italy, Principal Investigators). This study aims to validate a newly developed questionnaire to assess health-related quality of life in patients with severe COPD or kyphyscoliosis who require supplemental oxygen and/or other non-invasive equipment to support ventilation.

The Effect of Electrical Muscle Stimulation on Exercise Performance in Patients with COPD

Impact of Medical Co-morbidities on outcomes of pulmonary rehabilitation

Use of a pedometer as an outcome measure in pulmonary rehabilitation

Selected Publications

  • Exercise training in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

    Bourjeily G and Rochester CL, Exercise training in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Clin Chest Med 21 (4) 763-81, 2000.

  • Rochester CL, Case Records of the Massachusetts General Hospital, "A 47 year old woman with hypogammaglobulinemia, asthma, non-resolving pulmonary infiltrates, and progressive respiratory failure", New Engl J Med 343 (25) December 21, 2000.
  • Rochester CL, Mechanisms of improvement in exercise tolerance following pulmonary rehabilitation, Clin Pulm Med 7 (6) 287-94, 2000.
  • Rochester CL, Which pulmonary rehabilitation program is best for your patient?, J Respir Dis 21 (9) 539-46, 2000.
  • Rochester CL, Chapter 74: The Eosinophilic Pneumonias, in Pulmonary Diseases and Disorders, Alfred P. Fishman, Ed, Third Edition, McGraw Hill, New York, NY, p1133-50, 1997.

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Carolyn L. Rochester, MD, FCCP
Patient Care Locations
Winchester Chest ClinicFitkin Memorial Pavilion
789 Howard Avenue

New Haven, CT 06519
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Yale Pulmonary & Critical Care MedicineYale New Haven Hospital
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New Haven, CT 06510
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Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep MedicinePO Box 208057
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New Haven, CT 06520-8057