David Shrader, M.D.
Dr. David Shrader graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in chemistry before continuing his education at the University of Florida College of Medicine. His internship, residency, and fellowship were performed at the University of Washington, which he finished in 1977.
Dr. Shrader was the first Pulmonologist in Southeast Idaho, where he practiced in Idaho Falls from 1977 to 2007. Previous to joining the Bingham Memorial Team, Dr. Shrader was practicing in Afton, WY.
When asked why he chose the medical field, Dr. Shrader shared that he loves the challenge that taking care of people brings. “I am a people person and a scientist,” says Dr. Shrader. He also explained that he loves that medicine is the perfect mix of physiology, biology, and chemistry.
Dr. Shrader’s quality of care results in a strong patient-doctor relationship. Loyal patients have been seeing Dr. Shrader for years. He treats patients with respect and confirms that is the key to building strong relationships. He enjoys getting to know his patients and learning about their passions in life. Dr. Shrader says, “You have to know what drives their lives so you can help them. I want to know what is keeping them from smiling so I can help.” The fact that people come from miles away just to see him is very humbling to Dr. Shrader.
As a pulmonologist, Dr. Shrader sees patients who have challenging respiratory disorders such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), chronic bronchitis, asthma, emphysema, occupationally related breathing disorders, and inflammatory lung disease and pulmonary fibrosis. He also offers evaluations for unexplained shortness of breath and lung cancer. He was one of the first physicians to perform the bronchoscopy evaluation procedure for cancer in Seattle. Dr. Shrader is very passionate about treating the lethal disease known as Pulmonary Artery Hypertension (PAH). Although PAH is considered lethal, all of Dr. Shrader’s patients have survived. Dr. Shrader has also published health related studies and safety guides.
While Dr. Shrader is a very accomplished physician, he is equally accomplished outside the office. Now a retired mountaineer, he has climbed everything in the Cascades, Southern Canada, and the Tetons. In his spare time, Dr. Shrader enjoys skiing, equestrian sports, and fly-fishing.