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John B. West, MD, PhD

John B West, M.D., Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor

Contact Information

University of California, San Diego
Department of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine
Section of Physiology

9500 Gilman Drive #0623A
La Jolla, CA 92093

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Recent Awards

2018 Revelle Medal Recipient John B. West

The Revelle Medal—created in honor of Roger Revelle, who helped establish UC San Diego during his tenure from 1950-1964 as director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography—honors the contributions of current and former faculty members to UC San Diego.
October, 2018

John B. West, M.D. Ph.D. is one of the world’s most noted physiologists for his work in respiratory physiology. His impressive body of research examines the lung in extreme environments, from high altitude atop Mt. Everest to microgravity aboard the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. 

West’s long interest in high-altitude medicine and physiology culminated in him leading the 1981 American Medical Research Expedition to Mount Everest, during which five people reached the summit, and the first physiological measurements on the summit were made. He also worked from 1967 to 1968 at the NASA Ames Research Center, where he submitted a proposal to study pulmonary function in astronauts. The program was approved and funded until 2006. 

His book, “Respiratory Physiology: The Essentials,” has been translated into 15 languages and is used around the world.