Dr. Pittle shares why he is a doctor:
Dr. Lester Pittle grew up in New Jersey and went to the University of Michigan graduating with a B.S. in Psychology. While attending the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, Dr. Pittle became involved in community medicine. Working with the Department of Pediatrics to gather data, Dr. Pittle helped to support the establishment of the Arvonia Community Health Center in rural Virginia.
Dr. Pittle completed a rotating internship at Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon and then his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Continuing in his interest in the problems of accessing health care, Dr. Pittle completed his Masters Degree in Public Health at the University of Washington. Following graduation in 1981, he began work at the Pike Market Medical Clinic (PMMC) where he acted as the Medical Director from 1989 to 2002. During his time at PMMC, Dr. Pittle served the chronically ill and primarily poor population of Downtown Seattle giving him extensive experience in treating HIV illness, hepatitis, mental illness, and the common medical problems of the elderly. He served as the lead clinician for the Community Diabetes Initiative of the Community Health Council and acted as Chair of the Council for two years in the 1990’s. In 2004, Dr. Pittle’s work was recognized as he received both the Director’s Award from the Seattle-King County Department of Public Health and the Clinician’s Achievement Award from the Northwest Regional Primary Care Association.
Dr. Pittle is excited about being part of Qliance, which he sees as the next needed step in restructuring primary medical care delivery in the United States. In his free time, he enjoys playing the guitar and jogging around Seward Park.