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Long Covid Webinar

Shortness of Breath as a Post-COVID Symptom: What Have We Learned?

Dyspnea, or shortness of breath, is one of the most common and distressing symptoms that can be experienced following a COVID infection. Dr. Mark Fenton, lung specialist and researcher, will present an update on the latest scientific evidence about this important breathing symptom. A study currently underway in Saskatchewan is assessing lung function and exercise capacity in people who experience shortness of breath following a COVID infection. Dr. Donna Goodridge, professor and researcher, will provide an overview of the study and also how people can become involved.


About The Presenters: 

Dr. Fenton was born and raised in Saskatoon. He did an undergraduate, Masters and medical degree at the University of Saskatchewan. He first trained in Internal Medicine and later Respirology. Dr. Fenton also completed fellowships in Lung Transplantation and Sleep Medicine. He is currently the Director of the Lung Transplant Program, Medical Director of the Sleep Disorders Centre, and Program Director of the Respirology Training Program at the University of Saskatchewan and Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon. If anyone from Saskatchewan is in need of, or has had a lung transplant, they will know Dr. Fenton. He is well loved by his patients and often described as personable, caring and dedicated to helping others.

Dr. Goodridge is a Professor in the Division of Respirology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. She was the Co-Chair of the Canadian Thoracic Society (CTS) COPD Clinical Assembly from 2011 until April of 2018 and is a member of the CTS Choosing Wisely Task Force. Dr. Goodridge is a co-Director of the Foundations undergraduate Respiratory Module in the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. She has received extensive training in realist evaluative approaches and mixed methods and uses these methodologies in current projects related to improving health service delivery. She recently received funding for a research project designed to better help people with advanced COPD work as a partner with their physicians to achieve their health-related goals and priorities. She has a research interest in how mindfulness-based approach may improve the wellness of people with respiratory illnesses. Dr. Goodridge is a member of the Steering Committee of Age-Friendly and works closely with members of the Saskatoon Council on Aging and other community-based groups. She is also the Director of the Respiratory Research Centre at the University of Saskatchewan.