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 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. 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 and 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.