Dr. Barbara Yawn is a family physician and clinical researcher with 14 years’ experience as a full time rural physician and 25 years as a clinical researcher. She has authored over 350 peer reviewed published manuscripts, 3 books, and numerous book chapters in a variety of topics from rural primary care to chronic respiratory diseases, primarily asthma and COPD. She was a member of the 2007 Expert Review Panel that developed the current asthma care guidelines and the WHO panel that developed the International Primary Care Respiratory guidelines for obstructive lung disease. She has served on 6 other national evidence based guideline panels in addition to the one for asthma, most recently co-chairing the NHLBI Sickle Cell Disease guideline panel. She developed a research department in a large primary care based medical group in Rochester and SE Minnesota where she led studies funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for HealthCare Quality and Research, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and private foundations. She has recently retired from the position as Director of Research at the Olmsted Medical Center but continues working with other research around the US and is participating in educational work directed to primary care physicians and other clinicians.