Robert Wright, M.D.

Dr. Wright was born in Montreal, Canada, and raised in upstate New York near Potsdam. He moved to Ventura, California as a teenager and graduated from Occidental College with honors. He received his medical degree from the University of Southern California and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) honor society his junior year. He did his medical internship and residency at the UCLA Center for the Health Sciences. He was an intern with Dr. Ungerer and they became long time friends and ultimately practice partners. Dr. Wright was Chief Resident in Medicine at UCLA Hospital and did a three-year fellowship in nephrology (kidney diseases). In 1983 he joined the Santa Barbara Medical Foundation Clinic and met Dr. Kupperman. As Dr. Wright shared call coverage for critically ill patients with Drs. Kupperman and Ungerer, he decided to change fields and go back to UCLA for further training. After completion of a pulmonary and critical care fellowship at UCLA, Dr. Wright became a full time faculty member of UCLA’s Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.