Dr. George ‘Bud’ Vana

Dr. George ‘Bud’ Vana


“I love ECHO’s unique opportunity to talk about the possibilities telemedicine brings and leveraging it for better access for tribal communities. I’m inspired by providing access to patients who have lacked access to high quality coordinated care and treasure the patient connections and seeing people thrive.”

George ‘Bud’ Vana, MD, is a general pediatrician, adult psychiatrist, and child psychiatrist practicing at the Lummi Tribal Health Center in Bellingham, Washington. He and his psychiatric team are integrated into the medical clinic, substance use disorder treatment program, pediatrics department, school-based health clinic and behavioral health department. Bud is a graduate of Harvard University, and he completed medical school at the University of Vermont and his residency training at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He has worked to develop a telehealth infrastructure at the Lummi Tribal Health Center, as well as a child psychiatry consultation service for other tribal health clinics. His other professional interests include family-based psychiatry, acceptance and commitment therapy, treatment of co-occurring disorders, treatment of developmental disabilities, and integrated medical and behavioral healthcare. Outside of work Bud enjoys canoeing, hiking, and curling with his family.

Virtual Care Implementation ECHO Program

Bud is faculty for the Virtual Care Implementation Program, which is designed to support I/T/U clinicians and administrators in implementing and overcoming common challenges associated with virtual care programs.

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