Juliette Wait, MD

Areas of Focus: 
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Evaluation of Dyspnea (Shortness of Breath)

About Me

I love the practice of medicine in general and specifically the specialty of Pulmonary Diseases. ‘When you can’t breathe, nothing else really matters’. This is a complex specialty that involves the entire body and is a daily challenge to diagnose and to treat.

- Juliette Wait, MD

Dr. Wait grew up in Kansas and graduated from both the University of Kansas and the University of Kansas Medical School in Kansas City. After completing a residency in Internal Medicine, she proceeded to the Yale School of Medicine for her fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care. Following that, she joined the initial faculty on the newly started medical school, Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA where she remained for nearly 8 years before moving to Dallas, TX to join the faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She started her research in the structure and function of the diaphragm in Virginia and continued it in Dallas. With co-investigators at NASA, she developed a technique of using ultrasound to visualize the moving human diaphragm that eventually led to several publications and a patent. She continued her research in Dallas with her colleagues in respiratory physiology at UTSWMS. In 1996 she left academics and eventually formed a successful group of Pulmonary and Critical Care physicians at a large, tertiary medical center in North Dallas. She and her husband, Michael Savin, MD, a medical Oncologist, have recently moved to Portland in order to be closer to their children and grandchildren who have all settled in the northwest.
Other Interests: 
In her spare time, Dr. Wait enjoys painting, riding her horse and seeing her grandchildren.

My Work

Areas of Focus: 
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Evaluation of Dyspnea (Shortness of Breath)

Education & Honors

Board Certification: 
Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
Education & Training: 
  • Fellowship, Pulmonary Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, 1980
  • Internship & Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, 1978
  • MD, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, 1974
  • BA, Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 1971
  • ‘Best Doctors in Dallas’, D Magazine: frequently since 2002, yearly from 2008-2016
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Certificate of Recognition: For the disclosure of an invention entitled: ‘Method and Apparatus for NonInvasive Evaluation of Diaphragmatic Function”, 1994, 1995
  • Parker B Francis Fellowship Award for Research Training in Pulmonary Medicine, 1981
  • BA with Honors in Biology, Univ of Kansas, 1971
  • Wait,J. Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing: A review of noninvasive approaches. Chest 90:504510, 1986
  • Wait JL and Movahed A. Anginal chest pain in Sarcoidosis. Thorax 44: 391395, 1989
  • Wait JL, Nahormek P, Yost T, Rochester DF. Ultrasound measurement of human diaphragmatic thickness in relationship to lung volume. J.Appl Physiol 67 (4): 15601568, 1989
  • Wait J, Pitcher WD, Pingleton SK. Chapter 36: Chronic obstructive lung disease in critical care. Critical Care Medicine: Principles of Diagnosis and Management. Parillo, JE and Bone RC, editors. Mosby-Year Book, Chicago, 1994
  • Wait, J, Staworn D, Poole DC: Diaphragm thickness heterogeneity at FRC and TLC. J. Appl. Physiol, 78(3) 10301036, 1995
  • Wait JL, Preoperative pulmonary evaluation. Am J Med Sci, 310:118125, 1995
  • Wait JL, Johnson RL, Patterns of shortening and thickening of the human diaphragm. J. Appl. Physiol. 83(4): 11231132, 1997
  • Karpel JP and Wait JL. Outpatient management of asthma: Adding therapies for longterm control. J Crit Ill, 14(5): 284293, 1999
  • Karpel JP and Wait JL. Outpatient management of asthma: Treating the patient with “difficult” asthma. J. Crit Ill, 14(6): 346352, 1999
Other Activities: 
  • Member, American Thoracic Society
  • Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians