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Mission & History

WPHP’s mission is to facilitate the rehabilitation of health-care professionals who have health conditions that could compromise patient safety and to monitor their recovery.

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 30 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.

 

Affiliations

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 President of the organization as well.