Guide to Prescribing Home Oxygen
L. Petty, M.D.
to Prescibing Home Oxygen
to Successful Treatment
Considerations in Selecting Equipment
Thomas L. Petty, M. D.
Thomas L Petty,
Dr. Petty was head of
the Pulmonology division of the University of Colorado from 1971 to 1985.
Thomas L. Petty received his M.D. at the University of Colorado in
1958. He interned at Philadelphia General Hospital and received his
residency training at the University of Michigan and at the University of
Colorado. His pulmonary training was at the University of Colorado. Today,
he is a pulmonologist and professor at the University of Colorado Health
Sciences Center in Denver. He is also professor of medicine at Rush
University in Chicago. He is a consultant to HealthONE and to other
medical institutions throughout the United States.
Dr. Petty’s group pioneered the use of ambulatory oxygen therapy. He
was the chairman of the Nocturnal Oxygen Therapy Trial, the first
controlled clinical trial to show that ambulatory oxygen given for most of
the day improved survival, compared with stationary oxygen given for only
approximately 12 hours per day, including the hours of sleep. Dr. Petty
remains active in research and development in oxygen therapy equipment and
Dr. Petty is chairman of a new healthcare initiative, the National Lung
Health Education Program (NLHEP). NLHEP is directed toward primary care
physicians and the public. Its goal is the early diagnosis of chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease and related disorders, particularly lung
Dr. Petty received the Distinguished Service Award of the American
Thoracic Society. He was elected to the Colorado Pulmonary Physicians’
Hall of Fame. He also received the annual award for excellence by the
American Association for Cardiovascular Pulmonary Rehabilitation, all in
1995. The same year, he was elected to Master Fellow of the American
college of Chest Physicians. He also received the Master of the American
College of Physicians award in 1996. Dr. Petty was organizer and founding
president of the Association of Pulmonary Program Directors, APPD. He has
been past president of the American College of Chest Physicians. He is a
former member of the Board of Governors of the American Board of Internal
Medicine and served on the Pulmonary Disease Sub-specialty Board.