Joe Breuner, M.D. Director, Obstetrics Fellowship

Joe Breuner, M.D. Director, Obstetrics Fellowship

Dr. Breuner decided to become a doctor because his grandfather was one and he watched the TV show M.A.S.H. when he was growing up. He majored in Government at Harvard and attended medical school at UCSD. 

After residency at the University of Washington in Seattle, he spent a year caring for Afghan refugees in Pakistan.  Upon his return, he chose a career as a community clinic provider at the 45th St Clinic and served as medical director until 1999. He came to Swedish Family Medicine to teach in 2000 and really enjoys practicing and teaching medicine. He sees patients at Downtown Family Medicine, a small clinic caring for the underserved in downtown Seattle. His clinical interests are obstetrics, mental health, and procedural training.

In 2003, he started the obstetrics fellowship, which provides advanced training in operative obstetrics to family physicians. The fellowship has over forty graduates and more than two thirds are currently doing cesarean sections in diverse practice locations all across the country. The fellowship gives him a chance to work with incredibly talented and motivated family physicians, which he really enjoys. 

He enjoys being part of the faculty and resident band called 'Plan B'; this doubles as a chance to play and write music, and a faculty balint.

He has three kids, who range in age from high school to college. They are rapidly growing beyond his ability to help them with math or look them in the eye.  His interests are rowing, running, golf, music, and snowboarding.