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Mission & History

Our Mission

WPHP is Washington’s trusted resource for restoring the health of medical professionals. Our confidential support and exceptional outcomes provide reassurance of safe practice and promote workforce sustainability. 

Our Vision

Advancing the health and well-being of our medical community.

Our Values

  • Collaboration: We honor the role that each person plays in working together.
  • Respect: We believe in the inherent worth of all people and foster a safe and affirming environment.
  • Equity: We recognize diverse backgrounds and needs.
  • Advocacy: We champion people and causes that further our mission.
  • Transparency: We build trust through honesty and openness.
  • Excellence: We are driven to be the best at what we do.
  • Service: We are dedicated to providing outstanding support to all we serve.

Our History

The Washington Physicians Health Program was founded in 1986 by a group of concerned members of the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) who wanted their colleagues to receive treatment, rather than discipline, when illness threatened safe practice. Today, WPHP is an independent, physician-led, nonprofit organization providing critical support to Washington’s health professional workforce. With more than 35 years of developed expertise, service commitment, and outstanding outcomes, WPHP has earned the trust and support of the medical community in Washington and the program participants we serve.


The Washington Physicians Health Program is an affiliated training site for the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Residency Training Program. Dr. Bundy, MD, MPH, FASAM, WPHP Executive Medical Director, is an Associate Clinical Professor in the department and is supervisor for this training site. He is also active in the supervision of psychiatry residents and regularly lectures to medical students, trainees, and faculty on topics related to physician health and impairment.

WPHP is a member of the Federation of State Physician Health Programs (FSPHP), a national membership organization that provides a forum for guidance, education, and research collaboration among state physician health programs. The FSPHP develops evidence-based guidelines for healthcare professional monitoring programs. Our Executive Medical Director, Dr. Chris Bundy, MD, MPH, FASAM is the Chief Medical Officer and a Past President of the organization as well.