Our mission at Santa Barbara Pulmonary Associates is to provide comprehensive state of the art pulmonary care to the Central Coast communities and beyond. We are committed to improving the health of our patients with acute and chronic lung disease through exceptional and compassionate care. Our physicians are board certified in pulmonary and critical care medicine and have special expertise in the care of patients with cystic fibrosis, bronchiectasis, COPD, asthma, interstitial lung disease, asbestos related lung disease and lung cancer. We strive to build strong partnerships built on trust and respect with our patients while collaborating with their other health care providers so that care is personalized and treatments are as effective as possible.
Outpatient Services and Advanced Pulmonary Diagnostics
Comprehensive pulmonary consultation
Complete pulmonary function testing
Arterial blood gases
Cardiopulmonary exercise testing
Exercise induced bronchoconstriction testing
Six-minute walk tests
Oxygen titration studies
High altitude simulation tests
Airway Clearance teaching and review
State-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic bronchoscopies including use of ultrasound technology
Placement of endobronchial valves for the treatment of emphysema and bronchopleural fistula
Santa Barbara Pulmonary Associates provides inpatient pulmonary and critical care consultation at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
Virtual Visit/Telemedicine Program
Santa Barbara Pulmonary Associates, in the setting of COVID-19, has started a robust virtual visit program and have recently transitioned from Spruce Health to a new more robust platform Zoom through Elation, our Electronic Health Record. This is an excellent HIPAA compliant platform that enables private video and audio communication between patients and their physicians.
Virtual visits allow convenient appointments as well as ease of scheduling and safety in the setting of the COVID-19 pandemic to our patients. Most importantly, they allow us to stay connected with our patients and their loved ones, especially during this period when patients are feeling isolated as a result of the pandemic.
Please contact our office if you are interested in learning more about virtual visits. If accessing appropriate virtual visit technology is difficult, please discuss any issues you are encountering with our office staff, who are available to assist you. Telephone visits are also now possible. Virtual visits and telephone visits are now being reimbursed by most government and commercial insurance plans.
ROBERT S. WRIGHT, MD, FACP, FCCP, FRCP (C)
Dr. Wright graduated from Occidental College with a B.A. in Chemistry and he received his medical degree from the University of Southern California. He completed his training as a Medical Intern, Resident and Chief Resident in Internal Medicine at the UCLA Center for the Health Sciences and subsequently as a Fellow in Nephrology at UCLA. He practiced nephrology for four years in Santa Barbara and completed further training as a Fellow in Pulmonary Medicine at the UCLA Center for the Health Sciences. He returned to Santa Barbara in 1990. He is board certified in Pulmonary Diseases, Critical Care Medicine, Nephrology and Internal Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and the American College of Physicians. Read More>
RICHARD A. BELKIN, MD, MSCE, FCCP
Dr. Belkin has practiced Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine in Santa Barbara since 2004. Dr. Belkin thoroughly enjoys the practice of both outpatient and inpatient pulmonary and critical care medicine, with a special interest and expertise in the care of cystic fibrosis (CF) and bronchiectasis patients. He strives to provide comprehensive personalized care with a holistic approach with excellence, integrity and compassion in the care of his patients. He grew up in West Chester, Pennsylvania (near Philadelphia). He completed his undergraduate work in biology at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, graduating cum laude in 1993. He obtained his medical degree (M.D.) from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1997 where he was awarded the Gates Pharmaceutical Outstanding Student Award. Read More>
Conveniently located across the street from Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Emergency Room. The office is on the second floor of the Cottage Outpatient Surgery building.
Parking available on the ground floor and the underground garage. Wheelchair accessible. Elevator access to our second floor office.
COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE FOR SBPA
We are working very closely with the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the California Department of Public Health to secure the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. We will be administering the vaccine in accordance with the California and Santa Barbara County Public Health Department. In the meantime, please don't delay getting any of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized for emergency use by the FDA at local vaccination sites. See below for eligibility.
CURRENT ELIGIBILTY (as of April 1st 2021)
Individuals age 50 years and older
Expanding to ages 16 years and older on April 15
Residents in the following sectors: Health Care, Education, Childcare, Emergency Services, Food and Agricultural, and Public Transit
People ages 16-49 with high-risk medical conditions, as outlined by the Santa Barbara Public Health Department
Please go to My turn to determine current eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine and to schedule an appointment at local vaccine administration sites. Vaccine supply is limited and appointments fill quickly. Appointments are required and must be made in advance.
Cottage Health continues to offer vaccine clinics four days a week (Wednesday through Saturday), based on staffing and vaccine availability. Sign up for vaccination appointments through Cottage Health at cottagehealth.org/covid19.
COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
We take every measure recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and other local public health experts to provide a safe health care environment for you when you come into our office. You will be screened both at the time of appointment confirmation as well as on arrival to the office.
Please inform us if you are experiencing any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 including fever, new cough, shortness of breath, loss of smell or other concerning symptoms as your appointment may need to be rescheduled or changed to a virtual visit.
Please wear a mask when entering our office and throughout your visit and maintain social distancing with others of at least 6 feet. Our waiting room has been arranged to facilitate adequate distancing. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the office for your use. Our staff will take every safety measure for our mutual protection, including strict use of appropriate personal protective equipment.