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General Assembly



Carol Stonham MBE, RN, MSc, QN.

PCRS Policy Lead

Following 26 years working in general practice Carol now works at Gloucestershire ICB on the Respiratory Clinical Programme Group and is the CYP Asthma Clinical Lead. Carol has also been appointed as a co-clinical lead of the NHSE South West Respiratory Network. 

Carol is the past Executive Chair of PCRS – the first non-doctor and first female to take the chair. She is current policy lead for PCRS. 


She is also a director of the UK Lung Cancer Coalition, and a board member of the UK Inhaler Group and National Asthma and COPD Audit as well as sitting on the NHS Long Term Plan Respiratory Delivery Board. 


She also co-chairs the Lung Health Task Force early and accurate diagnosis group and is a member of the NHS Long Term Plan Breathlessness Diagnosis group.


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    Carme Hernández, PhD, MSc, RN, FERS

    Dr Hernández is Head Nursing Innovation, Research and Innovation Department. Hospital Clinic de Barcelona. Previously coordinator of the Transversal Home Hospitalization Unit under the Medical and Nursing Direction. From May 2021 to May 2022, Research and visiting professor at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Harvard University, Boston, MA, US.

    Dr Hernández graduated from the Nursing School of the University of Barcelona (UB) in 1982 and worked in critical patient care units for 10 years in the Hospital Clinic. She has published more than 60 articles, reviews and editorials, over 15 book chapters and guidelines, and she has participated in several European projects, among which the H2020 projects Selfie and Jadecare.

    Dr. Hernández actively participates in medical and scientific societies. She was Chair of the Nursing Group of the European Respiratory Society until 2006, a member of the European Lung Foundation and she was elected Fellow of the ERS (FERS) in 2015.


    In the Spanish Society of Pneumology and Thoracic Surgery (SEPAR) she was Chair of the Nursing and Physiotherapy Group until 2002 and she is a currently co-chair of Separ Pacientes.  Furthermore, she has been a member of the COPD Strategy Committee of the Spanish Ministry of Health since 2008. In the American Thoracic Society (ATS) Nursing Assembly, she is a currently International Representative. ATS Nursing Assembly Executive Committee, member Program Committee and member Patient and Family Education Committee. In 2005, she received the ATS "Nurse Competence in Aging Award", given for her outstanding commitment to care for older adults through research and practice. 

    Dr Hernández received her PhD Degree in Medicine in 2015 (Cum Laude) and is a teacher of the Master of Respiratory Nursing (UB-SEPAR) and Master of Chronicity and Dependence (UPF/UAB) programs at the University of Barcelona, among others.

    Her research lines focus on nursing innovation, integrated care models (Home Hospital and Transitional care), patient stratification, complex patients, and patient education education.

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    José Miguel Padilha

    Miguel is a Doctor of Nursing, a Nurse Specialised in Nursing Rehabilitation and a Nurse Specialised in Medical-Surgical Care to the person with chronic conditions.

    Professional & Scientific activity:

    • Professor Coordinator at the Nursing School of Porto (ESEP) where he coordinates the Master in Rehabilitation Nursing;

    • Executive Director of IP ALLIANCE

    • Member of the Scientific Board of ESEP

    • Member of the Scientific Board of Associated Laboratory RISE 

    • Principal Investigator of the Health Education and Simulation Technologies Group 

    • Coordinator of the Nurses Group of the Portuguese Society of Pulmonology 

    • Chair of the Nurses Group of the European Respiratory Society (2022-2025)

    • Published more than 30 articles

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    Georgia L. Narsavage PhD, APRN, FAAN, ATSF, FNAP

    Dr. Narsavage is Professor Emerita retired from the West Virginia University (WVU) School of Nursing where she served as Dean of the WVU School of Nursing and founding Director of InterProfessional Education for the WVU Health Science Center. 


    In 2018, she served as Interim Associate Dean at the College of Nursing, University of South Carolina., She is a Fellow in the American Thoracic Society, the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) and the National Academies of Practice, recently re-appointed to the Global Health panel of the AAN. Her education includes: BSN – University of Maryland; MSN in community/adult health- Misericordia University; PhD in Nursing and post-doctoral work-University of Pennsylvania, post-masters Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP) – Case Western Reserve University.

    As an Adult Nurse Practitioner and researcher, she has had the privilege of directly caring for patients, educating the next generation of health care providers and researchers, and contributing to scientific discovery of best practices for out-of-hospital care for patients with lung disease.


    She has been a founding member of the International Coalition of Respiratory Nurses (ICRN), the Respiratory Nursing Society and Interprofessional Collaborative (RNSIC), receiving the Founders Award in 2018 and serves on their Board of Directors. She is on the Board of Campus Community Partnerships for Health (CCPH). 


    Her research focused on chronic disease management in community settings, working with evidence-based medicine and nursing. She has received over $7 million in external federal grants, exploring nursing interventions for patients and families with end-stage COPD and lung cancer, as well as nursing education and practice. She has been Co-PI on an NCI R15 project (CA150999): Telemonitoring Following Hospital Discharge in Patients with Lung Cancer, and continues to work as a consultant on projects with HRSA funding.  


    Her educational expertise centers on developing and testing effective measures of service-learning/ community-based care education, and in establishing clinical partnerships that make it possible to recruit and track multi-disciplinary students’ development over time. In 2013-2014, she obtained funding from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation to support Community-Based Care and Interprofessional Practice projects that changed healthcare practice in WV, and from The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation to support a workshop to introduce faculty in Appalachia to InterProfessional Education. She remains active in nursing as a consultant and grant reviewer for PCORI and HRSA.

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    Malin Axelsson

    Malin is an Associate professor and Senior lecturer in Care Science at Malmö University, Sweden.


    Malin is a registered nurse, bachelor in pedagogy and has a PhD in Respiratory Medicine/Allergology.


    Her main focus is nursing education and research on health psychology i.e. personality, adherence, health-related quality of life and epidemiology linked to obstructive lung disease.


    • Undergraduate and postgraduate nursing education

    • Doctoral education

    • Research leader for the research area of Physical Health.


    Member of the Interdisciplinary research platform Research Informed Development of Higher Education (RIDHE).

    Member of the Nurses Group, European Respiratory Society.

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    Mariana Paula Rezelj

    Born in Argentina where she graduated as a nurse. There she worked in the emergency unit, teaching at the University and in the management of a University hospital.

    In 2007 she moved to Slovenia where she works in the Clinic for pulmonary diseases at the University Clinic Golnik. As a respiratory nurse, her fields of interest and research are mainly allergies and asthma.


    Since 2022 she is President of the Nurses' Section in Pulmonology of Slovenia.​

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