Loutfi S. Aboussouan, MD, Board Certified Physician


Loutfi S. Aboussouan was born in Beirut, Lebanon. He is a staff physician for the Cleveland Clinic's Respiratory Institute and Neurological Institute.

He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, critical care medicine, and sleep medicine. His interests include general pulmonary medicine, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, neuromuscular diseases, sleep medicine, long-term ventilator care, and teaching. He directs the pulmonary curriculum for the second-year class of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner School of Medicine. He has several publications in the fields of pulmonary and sleep medicine and is a reviewer for several scientific journals.

Aboussouan received College Teaching Awards at Detroit's Wayne State University in 1999 and 2003 and is peer-elected for listing in the Best Doctors in America.

Why I Care

"It makes me happy to combine my career with my interests, and help people at the same time. My hobby is playing classical piano. I've always been active in the Doctor-Patient Music Connection at the Arts and Medicine Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. Doctors and patients play a series of concerts with the help of local professional musicians and internationally renowned artists. The aim is to improve medical care, by raising the level of the patient-doctor relationship and by getting the therapeutic benefit of musical performances."


Recently Published on Caring.com

back pain does it relate to COPD and swelling of stomach and ankles — Jan 30, 2012
Although it is possible for COPD to cause swelling (a condition that is called "Cor pulmonale"), it is very difficult to know at this point whether her ankle swelling is du...
What can I do to help improve my COPD symptoms? — Nov 04, 2011
In reading your question there are several issues that come to my mind such as how was your COPD was diagnosed and how was it determined to be mild. If it is mild, why are ...
What kind of doctor is best for a COPD patient? — Aug 09, 2011
Your husband's regular physician may well be able to handle his management of COPD, particularly is he is uncomplicated. However, a doctor for COPD (a pulmonary doctor) sho...
What are the best places to live if you have mild emphysema? — May 19, 2011
There are several things to consider when a decision to move depends in part on a diagnosis of emphysema. The most important of which is that everybody is different. Theref...
I've never smoked, so how can I be diagnosed with COPD? — May 05, 2011
Although there are many reasons for people who never smoke to develop COPD (I will discuss those at the end), consider that a diagnosis of COPD is based on numbers that com...
My friend with COPD is tired and out of breath all the time, is she in her last days? — Apr 14, 2011
There is probably still much that can be done for your friend. Even though she appears to have advanced COPD, this does not necessarily mean she is in her last days. Althou...
If someone has stage 1 COPD and still smokes, how long will they live? — Apr 06, 2011
The question of smoking with COPD and lifespan is difficult to answer because the stage of COPD is only one factor that determines how long someone with COPD can live. Roug...
How do I sleep better and soundly at night with COPD? — Feb 06, 2011
There are many reasons why patients with COPD have disrupted sleep and poor sleep quality, including: 1) worsening of breathing during sleep, 2) the effect of medications, ...
What is the life expectancy of a stage 4 COPD patient that does not stop smoking? — Jan 06, 2011
I hope your mother recovers quickly. Based on original studies, someone with a grade 4 COPD (which is also called "very severe" COPD) has a 60% chance of living 3 years. If...
Can cold winter weather make COPD symptoms worse? — Jan 05, 2011
COPD symptoms could certainly worsen with weather change, including heat, cold, dry or humid environments. Your mother's case may be similar to patients with exercise induc...