J. David Godwin M.D.

J. David Godwin M.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Chest Radiology, Radiology & Imaging


Radiology and Imaging Services




Primary Location

Radiology/Imaging Services at UWMC

1959 NE Pacific St.
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206.598.7200|Map It 


Dr. Godwin is a chest radiologist at UW Medical Center and a UW professor of radiology and adjunct professor of medicine. He has particular experience in interpreting radiographs and CT scans for diagnosis of interstitial lung disease, chest complications of solid organ and stem cell transplantation, and occupational lung diseases. He has authored or co-authored over 150 publications, mostly dealing with clinical research in radiology.

Dr. Godwin earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry at San Diego State College and his M.D. at Stanford University. His residency in diagnostic radiology was at University of California, San Diego, and his fellowships in chest radiology were at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden and at University of California, San Francisco. After six years on the faculty at Duke University, he came to University of Washington to direct the thoracic radiology section.

He is board certified in diagnostic radiology and is a past president of the Society of Thoracic Radiology, of which he was a founding member. He has received an outstanding educator award from the Radiological Society of North America. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Thoracic Imaging.

Patient Care Philosophy

I want to provide the highest possible level of subspecialized expertise in chest radiology in order to help referring clinicians with their challenging cases. Close communication is the most important tool. Often getting all the specialists together in the same room is best way to focus everyone's skills and solve complicated problems. These meetings sharpen the radiologic interpretation and improve diagnostic accuracy. Working with the superb clinicians at UW Medical Center to help their patients is richly rewarding.

Personal Interests

Walking, classical music and robotics.

Clinical Interests

Interpretation of chest x-rays and CT scans.

Research Interests

CT and high-resolution CT findings in lung and cardiovascular diseases.


Stanford University School of MedicineMedical education1971
Karolinska HospitalFellowshipRadiology
National Institutes of HealthInternshipResearch
Stanford University Medical CenterInternshipMedicine
Univ. of Calif. San DiegoResidencyRadiology
Univ. of Calif. San FranciscoFellowship


Board Certifications

American Board of RadiologyDiagnostic Radiology1977
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