Carmen Ruzica Mikacenic M.D.

Carmen Ruzica Mikacenic M.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Critical care medicine, Pulmonary Disease




Dr. Mikacenic is an attending physician in the Center for Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) at UW. She also attends on the inpatient pulmonary consult service and medical intensive care unit at Harborview Medical Center. She is an assistant professor in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. Her research interests focus on genetic and inflammatory factors that alter patients' risk for interstitial lung disease and organ failure during critical illness. Dr. Mikacenic earned her bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and her medical degree from the University of Washington. She trained in internal medicine as an intern and resident at Brigham and Women's Hospital. She returned to the University of Washington to finish her fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine. She joined the University of Washington’s School of Medicine faculty in 2009.

Patient Care Philosophy

In my approach to patients, I believe the individual evaluation and plan should be tailored to each individual. I enjoy trying to help patients with complex lung problems develop a good understanding of their disease so they can make informed decisions about their medical care.

Personal Interests

Soccer; cooking; spending time with my family

Clinical Interests

Sarcoidosis; autoimmune-associated pulmonary fibrosis; hypersensitivity pneumonitis; idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis; acute respiratory distress syndrome

Research Interests

Interstitial lung disease; sarcoidosis; acute respiratory distress syndrome; genetics; inflammation.


UW - Division of Pulmonary/Critical CareFellowship2013
Brigham and Women's HospitalResidencyInternal Medicine2009
Brigham and Women's HospitalInternshipInternal Medicine2007
Univ. of Washington, School of MedicineMedical education2006

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal MedicineCritical Care Med. (Int Med)2012
American Board of Internal MedicinePulmonary Disease2011
American Board of Internal MedicineInternal Medicine2009
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