Center for Lung Research in Honor of Wayne Gittinger

Since opening in 2016, the Center for Lung Research in Honor of Wayne Gittinger has served as a regional hub for research and education in pulmonary health. In addition to fueling innovative clinical research on lung cancer screening, pleural disease and advanced malignancy; the program focuses on mentorship of tomorrow’s top clinicians and researchers in the field.  

The Center for Lung Research in Honor of Wayne Gittinger is a clinical research program based within the Department of Thoracic Surgery and Interventional Pulmonology at the Swedish Cancer Institute in Seattle, Washington. The leadership team is comprised of researchers and clinicians who specialize in lung cancer screening, pleural disease, and the management and palliation of advanced malignancy. This close relationship between clinical problems and research questions foster a unique and thriving multidisciplinary collaboration. The goal and mission of the program is to improve the lives of patients and their access to care. At its core the program provides: 

  • Infrastructure and support for collaborative clinical research 
  • Mentorship and research opportunities promoting active research and support for the next generation of clinician researchers and research scientists 
  • Opportunities for clinicians and other health care practitioners to actively engage with patients and clinical experts to improve patient care 

Our Mission

  • To improve clinical care we must always question the care we deliver. 
  • To improve clinical care we must always ensure we deliver care to all. 
  • To improve clinical care we must mentor and inspire the next generation of clinician scientists.