Russell G. Buhr, MD, PhD

Russell G. Buhr, MD, PhD

Pulmonology| Critical Care Medicine
Primary Location
200 Medical Plaza
Suite 365
Los Angeles, California 90095


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Dr. Russell Buhr is a pulmonary and critical care physician who has an outpatient practice in Westwood, and cares for hospitalized patients at UCLA facilities in Westwood and Santa Monica and at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center. His primary clinical interests are COPD and a rare lung disease called Alpha-1 anti-trypsin (AAT) deficiency. He also sees general pulmonary patients as well as patients with asthma, lung cancer and pulmonary fibrosis. He is board certified in internal medicine, critical care medicine and pulmonary disease.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Buhr conducts clinical, translational, and health services research on treatments and programs to prevent COPD exacerbations and keep patients with advanced lung disease out of the hospital. The main goal of this research is to help patients with COPD or advanced lung disease preserve their independence and stay as healthy and active as possible. To achieve this goal, he is investigating the use of telemedicine as well as other novel strategies to help these patients manage their lung disease at home.

Dr. Buhr grew up in the Willamette Valley of Oregon before moving to Los Angeles, where he graduated with honors from Azusa Pacific University. He completed his medical degree at the University of Southern California with induction into the graduate honor society. He completed his internal medicine residency at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC, where he served as Chief Resident at the Washington, DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He then completed his pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowship at UCLA. He also received his PhD in Health Policy and Management at UCLA, focusing on ways to prevent unnecessary hospitalizations in patients with advanced lung disease.

Dr. Buhr is an assistant professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine, an active member of the American Thoracic Society and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.


Spanish, English


Medical Board Certifications

Critical Care Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2017
Pulmonary Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2016
Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2013


UCLA School of Medicine, 2017


MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, 2014
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, 2013


MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, 2011


UCLA School of Public Health, PhD, 2019
UCLA STAR Program, PhD, 2019
Keck School of Medicine of USC, MD, 2010


  • Super Doctors® Southern California Rising Stars 2021
  • Super Doctors® Southern California Rising Stars 2020
  • Medical Student Training in Aging Research Program Mentor of the Year 2021
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West Los Angeles


Pulmonology| Critical Care Medicine| Interstitial Lung Disease +3 more

Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center

Areas of Focus

Biologic therapy for asthma
Endoscopic lung volume reduction
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency
Lgbtq+ health



  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Scarce Resource Allocation
  • Healthcare delivery system improvement
  • Patient and provider communication
  • Healthcare finance reform
  • Health disparities
  • Social determinants of health


  • Super Doctors® Southern California Rising Stars 2021
  • Super Doctors® Southern California Rising Stars 2020
  • Medical Student Training in Aging Research Program Mentor of the Year 2021
  • Health Policy Article of the Year - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 2021