Joe Breuner, M.D. Director, Obstetrics Fellowship

Joe Breuner, M.D. Director, Obstetrics Fellowship

Joe is a grandson of a family physician and doctor for the Pendleton Roundup. He majored in Government at Harvard and went to medical school in sunny San Diego.

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, addiction medicine, and procedural training.

He completed fellowships in Faculty Development and Genetics in Primary Care.

In 2003, he started the obstetrics fellowship, which provides advanced training in operative obstetrics to family physicians. The fellowship has sixty five graduates and roughly 80% 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 running the faculty and resident band called 'Plan B'; this doubles as a chance to play and write music, and a faculty balint. The musical styles of the band change every year with the arrival of residents with new talents.

He was the initial (and for a long time the only) prescriber for Downtown Family Medicine’s low barrier buprenorphine pathways program run in conjunction with the needle exchange. Beginning in January 2017, we’ve had over 300 clients and no known overdoses prescribing for the highest risk substance use disorder patients in the city.

He has four kids, who range in age from college sophomore to twenty six. He remains gratified that they continue to join him for adventures. His interests are backpacking, rowing, music, mountaineering, cycling, and scuba diving. He hopes to get the chance to meet you!