Richard W. Tobin
Clinical Professor
Director, Eastside Specialty Center Gastroenterology
Division of Gastroenterology

Faculty Information


Richard Tobin, M.D., is a board certified physician and director of Gastroenterology at the Eastside Specialty Clinic and a UW professor of Gastroenterology and Medicine. He has been listed in “The Best Doctors in America” and a Seattle Top Doctor by Seattle Met Magazine.

Dr. Tobin has extensive experience in endoscopic procedures and colon cancer prevention, gastroesophageal reflux and esophageal motility. He strives to treat patients with compassion and the highest quality of care.

Dr. Tobin earned his M.D. at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He is board certified in both Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine. He is a member of the American Gastroenterology Association, American College of Gastroenterology and American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He is on the editorial review board for the journal Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and is past president of the Pacific Northwest Gastroenterology Society.

Board Certifications:

  • Gastoenterology, 1993, American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine, 1990, American Board of Internal Medicine
Education & Training: 
Fellowship in Internal Medicine
University of Washington
Residency in Internal Medicine
Barnes Jewish Hospital
Internship in Internal Medicine
Barnes Jewish Hospital
Medical Education
University of Texas Southwestern
Research & Clinical Interests
Clinical Interests: 
  • Gastroenterology (Digestive)
  • Telehealth Services
Tobin RW, Hackmen RC, Kimmey MB, Durtschi MB, Hayashi A, Malik R, McDonald MF,
Gastrointestinal Endoscopy 1996;44:223 229.(original work)
Tobin RW, Pope CE, Pellegrini CA, Emond M, Sillery J, Raghu G: Prevalence of gastroesophageal
reflux in patients with idiopathic pulmonar y fibrosis. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical
Care Medicine , 1998; 158:1804 1808. (original work)
Prakash NM, Brown MC, Spelman FA, Nelson JA, Read P, Heitkemper MM, Tobin RW, Pope CE II,
Dis Sci 1999;44:1735 40.(original work)
Tobin RW, Gonzales AJ, Golden RN, Brown MC, Silverstein FE. Magnetic detection to position
human nasogastric tubes . Biomedical Instrumentation and Technology 2000;34:432 6. (original
Richter JE, Kahrilas PJ, Johanson J, et al. Efficacy and safety of esomeprazole compared with
Gastroenterol 2001;96:656 65. (collaboration)