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Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Many patients with pulmonary (lung) disease improve their quality of life by participating in The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program. We offer expert care for patients with lung disease. Ohio State is nationally recognized in this specialty by U.S.News & World Report.


Pulmonary rehabilitation can benefit you in several ways:

  • Increase your understanding of your condition
  • Reduce your shortness of breath with daily activities 
  • Increase your ability to manage your breathing
  • Improve your quality of life
  • Increase your independence
  • Keep you out of the hospital

Our Program

Our Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is personalized to meet the needs of people with many different lung diseases. This includes people who have COPD (chronic bronchitis, emphysema), asthma, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary fibrosis and sarcoidosis.

Patients who have lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) at Ohio State also must participate in pulmonary rehabilitation both before and after the surgery. Satellite hospital rehab facilities are available for LVRS rehab participants who do not live in the Columbus area.

Our Pulmonary Rehabilitation team will provide your care through Ohio State’s Center for Wellness and Prevention (CWP), which is a medically managed prevention and wellness center. The Center is located just west of Ohio State in Ohio State's Martha Morehouse Medical Plaza.

Ohio State’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). AACVPR certification is awarded to programs that meet high quality patient care standards.

Program Features

  • Pulmonary rehab sessions consist of exercise and education
  • Rehab activities include stretching exercises, weights, treadmill, bicycle, upper body bicycle and NuStep
  • Rehab sessions take place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for approximately eight weeks
  • Both morning and afternoon sessions are offered
  • Each session lasts approximately 2.5 hours

Program Staff

  • Our Pulmonary Rehabilitation team consists of a pulmonary physician, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, exercise physiologists, behaviorists, dietitians and nurses.
  • The team has extensive experience working with patients with breathing problems and understands that it can be difficult to return to an active lifestyle after being hospitalized for a lung problem.

Evaluation Process

You will be scheduled for two appointments in order to be evaluated for pulmonary rehab. They include the following:

  • Testing appointment – Breathing and exercise tests along with a blood gas.
  • Evaluation appointment – At this evaluation, you will learn more about the program, perform a six-minute walk, set program goals and be seen by a pulmonary physician.


Enrollment in the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is dependent on a physician referral. Download a physician referral form. If you need assistance with getting a referral, call us and we can help you.


Please consult with your health insurance carrier or company benefits administrator for explanation of your coverage.

Additional Programs

In order to maintain your fitness, we offer several membership options for continuing your exercise at the OSU Center for Wellness and Prevention upon the completion of the Pulmonary Rehab Program. The cost is adjusted based on the number of days per week you would like to exercise, and three-month fitness memberships are available at our medically managed facility.

Contact Us

For more information about Pulmonary Rehabilitation at the Center for Wellness and Prevention, call 614-293-2820.


Ohio State’s Martha Morehouse Medical Plaza
2050 Kenny Road, Suite 1010
Columbus, Ohio  43221
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Columbus, Ohio 43203
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