Ed Portillo is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy and Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner (CPP) at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital where he practices in pulmonary medicine. Dr. Portillo’s research integrates dissemination and implementation science strategies to promote integration of COPD best practices within primary care. His research program, COPD CARE, positions pharmacists as prescribers for post-acute COPD management in rural settings. The program is being scaled nationally over the next year in rural communities across the Department of Veterans Affairs as part of a VA Enterprise-Wide Initiative. Dr. Portillo also has the privilege of teaching in the School of Pharmacy Rural Pharmacy Practice Program, which is designed to prepare pharmacy students for a career serving patients living in rural communities.