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Marc Rubin, RPh Asthma Educator


I have worked directly with patients as well as caregivers for over 30 years. Have made presentations throughout Illinois educating school nurses as well as the teaching and coaching staff of public schools about asthma, and how they should respond to these students needs. Presented a public education program on asthma through the US Department of Public Health. Specialize in helping guide asthmatic patients to take control of their disease in order to live a near-normal, fully active life.

Experience in the area

Practicing pharmacist for 40 years, specializing in asthma and COPD for 12 years. Developed nationwide education to nurses, teachers and athletic coaches regarding asthma and exercise induced bronchospasm. In addition, and closer to home. my daughter has asthma, and my son has exercise induced bronchospasm. In addition, I serve on the boards and committees of a number of asthma organizations: Sports, Exercise and Fitness Committee of AAAAI, Population Health Committee and Sports Medicine Committee of ACAAI, Sports Medicine Committee of the World Allergy Association. Board of Directors of the Chicago Asthma Consortium, Board of Directors of the Christopher D. Redding Youth Asthma Foundation, as well as the advisory board of a medical education company, Emmi Solutions. Directly involved in the creation of public education programs for asthma, COPD and diabetes.


American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology / Sports Medicine Committee, American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology / Population Health Committee and Sports Medicine, American College of Chest Physicians, American Thoracic Society. World Allergy Association, Chicago Asthma Consortium / Professional Development Committee, Christopher D. Redding Youth Asthma Foundation, and Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago: Development Committee for AE-C prep class, and presenter.


AAAAI PowerPoint on the new guidelines for EIB (Exercise Induced Bronchospasm), AAAAI Powerpoint on Asthma in School Setting for Teachers and Coaches, Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Transition guide for teens with food allergies or asthma going out of the home to live independantly.


BScPharm, RPh, (NAECB Certified asthma educator in 2002), NIPCO Certified Respiratory Care Pharmacist

Past/Present Clients

Emmi Solutions, Chicago Next Level Health, Chicago

What do you like about this subject?

The greatest reward is seeing patients who have taken control of asthma, and are back letting me know that they are now able to partake in activities they never thought possible.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I hope to raise the level of knowledge of those dealing every day with this disease. The more you know, the greater your ability to "take control" and improve your quality of life. I can now offer a new FREE service: Asthma, COPD and Smoking cessation education by Emmi Solutions.You can even pose questions through the program which are available for me to review.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

More is being understood about the genetics of an asthma patient, and their response to therapy. Sometimes treatment failures are due to wrong diagnosis, poor drug choices, bad device technique, patient compliance, etc. We must ALWAYS treat the patient as a unique individual, and determine what is best for them.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Discovery that the bacterial growth in the stomach and intestine of a newborn that is delivered by c-section has a dramatic difference than that of a child born by natural vaginal childbirth. This has been correlated with the c-section children having a greater likelihood of an altered immune system, and greater risk of developing asthma.

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Todd08/17/16101010He gives great information and very thorough .....
Christopher06/06/16101010Marc is an excellent all expert person .....
Barry01/13/16101010Extremely helpful
Lynn 12/01/15101010This information was very helpful and educating .....

Recent Answers from Marc Rubin, RPh Asthma Educator

2016-06-06 Asthma-air purifier:

Hi Chris,     This is an easy one! You want to get a HEPA room air filter. Home Depot and others carry these. I'd check Consumer Reports on the latest testing reviews.      What you do NOT want is an ionic

2016-01-09 Dry cough for 4 months:

Hi Barry,     First, what is your present weight?      Any family history of lung problems?     Did the doctors do any blood testing, like a complete blood count with differential (CBC + Diff)?  Elevated

2015-12-29 pancreatitis:

A way of verification with medicine is to do a rechallenge to see if the issue immediately reoccurs, and is not coincidental to the initial discontinuation. That would be up to you. The alternative is

2015-12-01 pancreatitis:

Hi Lynn,        I think I've found your answer at the National Pancreas Foundation! The following is taken directly from their site       It is directly due to your genetic anomaly

2015-11-29 pancreatitis:

Hi Lynn,      I looked into it, and yes, pancreatitis occurs rarely. There is another condition with rare reports: Churg-Strauss Syndrome, an eosinophylic vasculitis. Although it has not, from what I could


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