About us

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Our Mission

We are dedicated to improving health and wellness by advancing patient care, fostering ground-breaking research, and empowering through teaching in Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine. Our faculty and staff demonstrate a commitment to this goal every day in our clinics and ICUsresearch centers, and through a steadfast devotion to education.

Our History

The Division of Respiratory Diseases was founded in 1965 by Dr. John Butler. Under his leadership, it grew from a division of one member to a faculty of 28 and staff of 52.

Group photo of original faculty members

The name was later changed to the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine to reflect the wider range of patient care and research with which the faculty was engaged. In a similar vein, "Sleep Medicine" was added in March 2017.

Now spread over seven sites covering the length and breadth of Seattle, we boast a dedicated faculty of over 130 physicians, researchers, and advanced practice providers. 

As we have grown over the last several decades, we have built an international reputation for our strength in research and dedication to the education and training of physicians and researchers. This can be largely attributed to the stability of leadership and vision. We have had only three division heads since the 1960s and these individuals have helped to cultivate a culture and reputation that has made our division a truly remarkable nexus of academia. 

Division Heads

Dr. Reena Mehra

Dr. Reena Mehra

2024 - present

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Dr. Robb Glenny

Dr. Robb Glenny

2001 - 2024

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Dr. Len Hudson

Dr. Leonard Hudson

1985 - 2001

Dr. John Butler

Dr. John Butler

1965 - 1985