Deborah Leader, RN

Registered Nurse, Medical Writer


Nursing, COPD


Mount St. Mary's College, St. Francis Career College



Deborah Leader, RN, BSN, PHN, is a former writer for Verywell Health covering COPD. She started her career at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on a neurological step-down unit. She then transferred to telemetry and eventually specialized in medical-surgical intensive care, which she did for many years. Currently, she works as a Specialty Infusion Nurse administering IVIG Therapy to patients in their homes. She is also a frequent contributor to the Inogen One Blog where she discusses living with chronic breathing conditions, how to manage COPD, and the benefits of portable oxygen concentrators.


Deborah graduated from Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles, California with a bachelor's degree in nursing. She went on to further her career by attending St. Francis Career College where she received her Critical Care Nursing Certification.

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