Living the Dream

David Lain holds a Doctorate of Philosophy and Juris Doctor. He is Fellow Emeritus of the American College of Chest Physicians and Fellow of the American Association for Respiratory Care. Dr. Lain is a researcher, lecturer, health care practitioner, and athlete. His medical background includes sleep science, respiratory care, and sports research. He is also an active archer and USA Archery NTS Level 3 Coach.

Lain Photo

Dr. Lain has published over 120 medical, scientific and sport  articles. Much of his work has been presented at international medical or science congresses. He has lectured globally and was selected as the 38th “Paul A. Turner” Lecturer to the American College of Chest Physicians.1 Lain was named one of the “5000 Personalities of the World” for outstanding performance in neonatology.2

His sports career, aside from high school athletics, began in cycling. During his cycling career he raced in the US and Europe, competed in several national championships, won 4 state championships, and competed in two world championships, placing 4th at the UMCA World 6 hour road cycling championship.3-8 Cycling led to duathlon where he earned a spot on Team USA to compete at the 2007 World Championship Long Course Duathlon.9 Following that by one year he raced at the World Ironman Championship on Kona, Hawaii.10

Ironman Triathlon World Championship, Kona, HI

In November 2013, he purchased a compound bow and within a few weeks entered in a 3D tournament. Twelve months later,   he competed in the IBO 3D World Championship, his 5th World Championship over 4 disciplines.11IMG_1802

Dr. Lain applies his medical/scientific training to understand the physiology behind athletics. That approach has, in part, helped him to have competed in world championships covering four disciplines: cycling (2), duathlon, triathlon, and archery.

In 2013, USA Track and Field awarded him the Phidippides Award for Outstanding Performance in Long Distance Running. 12 He has been keynote speaker during workshops for coaches and athletes. His presentations are based on his published research in sports and medicine.13-16



  1. 38th Paul A. Turner Lecture, American College of Chest Physicians, Atlanta, GA Nov. 16, 1991
  2. “5000 Personalities of the World” for Outstanding Performance in Neonatalogy. American Biographical Institute, 1994
  3. World 6-Hour Road Cycling Championship, UMCA, Eldridge, IA. September 1999
  4. Gold Medal, USCF, Georgia Road Race Championship, 1973
  5. Gold Medcal, USCF, Georgia Cycling 200-meter Sprint, 1973
  6. Gold Medal, USCF, Georgia Cycling 40K Time Trial, 1973
  7. Gold Medal, Georgia State Masters Mountain Bike Championship, 1999
  8. UMCA, World 24-hour Road Cycling Championship, Eldridge, IA 1998
  9. Team USA, Long Course Duathlon World Championship, October 21, 2007
  10. World Ironman Triathlon Championship, Kona, Hawaii, October, 2008
  11. IBO World 3D Championship, Ellicottville, NY, August 8-10, 2014
  12. USA Track and Field, Phidippides Award, 2013
  13. Lain D, Shakar U: Practical pulse oximetry during high altitude hiking, Chest, Vol 118, No. 4, page 203S, 2000
  14. Lain D. Take Time for your Fitness and Health. Advance for Resp Care and Sleep Medicine Jan 3, 2011 online
  15. Lain D. Goal Setting for Professionals. Advance for Resp Care and Sleep Medicine. December 27, 2010 online
  16. Lain D. High altitude respiratory distress. Advance for Resp Care and Sleep Medicine, September 25, 2012