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General Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care

Our team of pulmonary experts can diagnose and treat breathing problems and lung disease, including asthma, COPD, pneumonia, other pulmonary problems, and sleep disorders. And, our critical care pulmonologists are specially trained to provide advanced treatment, such as mechanical ventilation, for hospitalized patients with lung diseases like asthma, emphysema, and pneumonia.

Palliative medicine experts are also available to support care planning and help optimize quality of life for you and your family. We'll help you identify priorities and collaborate with the rest of the pulmonary care team to drive toward what matters most to you.

Highlights & Resources

  • General Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care

    Biography

    Saadia R. Akhtar, MD, MSc serves as a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Washington and supervises residents at the Boise VA Medical Center. She completed her residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Ohio State University Medical Center and served her fellowship in pulmonary disease and critical care medicine at the University of Washington Medical Center. She earned her master's degree in epidemiology from the University of Washington School of Public Health.

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    Accepting new patients
  • General Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care

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    Gregory R. Ball, DO earned his medical degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine in and his fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine. He is a member of the American College of Chest Physicians and the American Thoracic Society.

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  • General Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care

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    William G. Bergquist, MD specializes in internal medicine, pulmonary diseases, and critical care medicine. He has served a fellowship in pulmonary medicine through the University of Washington at the Boise VA Medical Center.

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  • General Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care

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    Lloyd Blake, MD has a patient-centered focus in critical care medicine, delivering high-quality care to patients in intensive and critical care units.
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    Danielle Brunk, FNP is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing through the Intercollegiate College of Nursing with Whitworth University and Washington State University. She earned her master's degree in nursing from Idaho State University and served at Evans Army Community Hospital.

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  • General Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care

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    Amy M. Dancer, NP-C is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. 

    Amy earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from Pacific Lutheran University and her master's degree in nursing, family nurse practitioner, from Graceland University.

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  • General Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care

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    William J. Dittrich, MD earned his bachelor's degree in cell and molecular biology from the University of Washington, where he also earned his medical degree. He served as chief medical resident at the Boise VA Medical Center during his internal medicine residency through the University of Washington. Dr. Dittrich performed his fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the Boise VA Medical Center and the University of Washington.
  • General Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care

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    Matthew DiVietro, DO is board certified in pulmonary and critical care medicine. He completed his internship, residency, and chief residency in internal medicine at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia and his fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina.

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  • General Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care

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    Michael J. Fall, DO practices sleep, pulmonary, and critical care medicine. Prior to attending medical school, he worked as a paramedic.

    Dr. Fall earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Wake Forest University. After medical school, he completed fellowships in pulmonary and critical care at the Medical University of South Carolina, and sleep medicine at Oregon Health and Sciences University.

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  • General Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care

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    David E. Fonseca, MD earned his bachelor's degree in biology from DePauw University. He completed his fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where he served as chief fellow.

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  • General Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care

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    Brian W. Goltry, MD earned his bachelor's degree in business from the University of Idaho. He completed his medical internship and internal medicine residency at the University of Utah Medical Center. Dr. Goltry served as chief medical resident at the Boise VA Medical Center through the University of Washington, and performed his fellowship in pulmonary disease and critical care medicine at the University of Washington Medical Center.

    Dr. Goltry currently serves as associate clinical professor through the University of Washington.

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  • General Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care

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    Linda Gould, FNP is certified by the American Nurse Credentialing Center. She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from South Dakota State University and her master's degree in nursing from Arizona State University, specializing in family nurse practitioner and community health nursing. She has worked as a family nurse practitioner in internal medicine and pulmonary and sleep medicine.

    Linda has served as a student preceptor and provided community and academic facility presentations on specialty topics. She has also worked on various committees to improve patient care.

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  • General Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care

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    Carolyn J. Green, PA-C is a certified physician assistant by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She earned her bachelor's degree in biology from College of the Ozarks and her master of physician assistant studies degree from Missouri State University.

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  • General Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care

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    Michelle Groth, FNP-BC is certified in both family medicine and acute care. She specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of all pulmonary diseases, and has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea. Michelle is dedicated to providing comprehensive, evidence-based, compassionate care to adult patients, with an emphasis on improving patient outcomes and overall quality of life through the development of a collaborative patient relationship, patient-specific education, and goal-oriented therapy.

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  • General Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care

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    Dr. Kahlstrom evaluates sleep studies only and doesn’t see patients in clinic.
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    Darren Klassen, PA-C is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. He earned his bachelor's degree in respiratory therapy from Weber State University, and practiced as a respiratory therapist before becoming a physician assistant. He earned his master's degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Utah School of Medicine, and has worked in primary care.

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  • General Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care

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    Oleg S. Kouskov, MD, MCR serves as director of pediatric sleep services with St. Luke’s Sleep Medicine Institute and co–director of the pulmonary nodule program. Dr. Kouskov earned his medical degree from the Belarusian State Medical University in Minsk, Belarus, and his master's degree in clinical research from Oregon Health & Science University. He completed general practice training and worked for several years in Zimbabwe and Botswana, seeing both adults and children, and performed his internal medicine residency through Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh. He completed training in pulmonary and critical care medicine and fellowships in sleep medicine and lung cancer/research at Oregon Health & Science University.

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  • General Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care

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    Jeffrey H. Lin, MD, MBA is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, critical care medicine, and sleep medicine. 

    Dr. Lin earned his bachelor's degree in microbiology from the University of Texas at Austin. After medical school, he pursued a sleep medicine fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center and later obtained a master of business administration in health care from Oregon Health Sciences University.

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  • General Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care

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    Derek J. Linderman, MD is board certified in pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine, and has special interests in caring for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pulmonary nodules (spots on the lung).

    He is originally from Virginia and received all his education there.

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  • General Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care

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    Karen S. Miller, MD served as chief medical resident at Jerry L. Pettis VA Medical Center in Loma Linda, and performed her pulmonary-critical care fellowship at the University of New Mexico.

    Dr. Miller earned her bachelor's degree in English from Goshen College and her master's degree in English from Wright State University. She taught high school and college English before embarking on a career in medicine.

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  • General Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care

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    Wendi Norris, MD, MSW earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Washington, and her master's degree in social work from the University of North Carolina. She completed her residency in internal medicine and served as a fellow in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
  • General Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care

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    Sogol Nowbar, MD earned her bachelor's degree in molecular biology from the University of Washington and her medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine. She performed her internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, where she served as chief medical resident and instructor of medicine. Dr. Nowbar completed her fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Minnesota.
  • General Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care

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    Mark Rasmus, MD specializes in adult and pediatric sleep medicine, and is dedicated to public education about sleep matters. He currently serves as medical director of Idaho Sleep Health. He obtained his bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College. He completed a combined residency in internal medicine and pediatrics through Albany Medical Center, followed by a pulmonary/critical care fellowship at the University of Utah and a sleep medicine fellowship at LDS Hospital. Dr. Rasmus is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics.

    Dr. Rasmus is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the American College of Chest Physicians, the American College of Physicians and the Society of Critical Care Medicine. In 2007, he was awarded an appointment at the University of Washington Department of Medicine as a clinical instructor.

    Dr. Rasmus has appeared on television and frequently speaks to community groups and physicians. He has conducted clinical research and published articles on sleep disordered breathing and CPAP humidification. Additional research projects focused on the relationship between cardiovascular disorders and sleep disordered breathing. His expertise allows the Idaho Sleep Health staff to deliver the best possible care to patients of all ages with sleep disorders. In his free time, Dr. Rasmus enjoys skiing, whitewater kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, gourmet cooking, and traveling.


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  • General Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care

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    Eric N. Rich, MD earned his bachelor's degree from Montana State University. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Michigan, where he also served as chief medical resident. Dr. Rich performed his fellowship in pulmonary sciences and critical care medicine at the University of Colorado and National Jewish Health in Denver.

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  • General Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care

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    Molly Roy, PA-C is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She earned her bachelor's degree in biology and mathematics from the College of Idaho and her master's degree in physician assistant studies from Idaho State University. She has practiced in a multiple sclerosis clinic and a neurology/sleep medicine clinic.

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  • General Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care

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    Ron Sandow, FNP is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from Idaho State University. He also earned a bachelor's of physical education degree, with an emphasis in sport science, and a master's degree in physical education, with an emphasis in exercise physiology (specialty in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation), from the University of Idaho.

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  • General Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care

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    David Sasso, MD earned his bachelor's degree in biology and history from the College of Idaho. He served as chief resident at Internal Medicine Spokane. He performed his pulmonary/critical care fellowship at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

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  • General Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care

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  • General Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care

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    Margery Soni, FNP is certified by the American Nurse Credentialing Center. She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing and her master's degree in nursing, family nurse practitioner, from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She also holds a bachelor's degree in English from Middlebury College. She has worked as a family nurse practitioner with Terry Reilly Health Services in Boise and the Albuquerque, New Mexico VA Medical Center.

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  • General Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care

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    James P. Souza, MD serves as chief medical officer for St. Luke’s Health System. Dr. Souza earned his bachelor's degree in cell biology from the University of Montana. After completing his residency, he served as a senior fellow in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Washington and the Boise VA Medical Center.

  • General Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care

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    Brent Taylor, PA-C is a certified physician assistant with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is an experienced respiratory therapist.

    Brent earned his bachelor's degree in respiratory therapy from Boise State University and his master's degree in physician assistant studies at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

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  • General Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care

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    William Thompson, MD serves as associate professor in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Washington and as medical co-director of St. Luke’s Sleep Medicine Institute. He earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Washington. He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals in Seattle and Boise, serving as chief resident at the Boise VA Medical Center. He also performed his pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowship through the University of Washington in Seattle and Boise.

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    Patrick D. Weis, MD earned his bachelor's degree in biology from Drake University. He completed his internal medicine residency through the University of Washington, and his fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Oregon Health & Science University.

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  • General Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care

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    David K. Wyler, DO earned his bachelor's degree in zoology from Brigham Young University. He completed his pulmonary and critical care fellowship at Case Western Reserve University.

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