Butka, Brenda J., MD

Dr. Brenda Butka
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Director, Pulmonary Rehabilitation at Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital
Primary Department:
Department of Medicine
Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine
Office Address:
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Division of Allergy, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
1161 21st Ave. South, Suite T-1218 MCN
Nashville, TN 37232-2650
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Undergraduate School & Degree:
Andrews University, Barrien Springs, MI; B.A.
Medical School & Degree:
Emory University School of Medicine, Decatur, GA; M.D.
Graduate School & Degree:
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; M.S.

Brief Bio:

Dr. Brenda Butka received her undergraduate degree from Andrews University, Michigan, in 1970, and a masters degree from the University of Michigan in 1972. She earned her M.D. from Emory University in 1979, and trained in Internal Medicine at Vanderbilt from 1979-1982. She finished a Pulmonary Fellowship in 1984.
She has been on the Vanderbilt faculty since that time, initially as the intensivist at Nashville General Hospital, then as Medical Director of the Progressive Respiratory Care Unit at St. Thomas Hospital. She was Medical Director of the Respiratory Therapy Department at both hospitals.

Currently Dr. Butka is the Director of the pulmonary program at Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. Her special interests include long-term ventilation, both invasive and non-invasive, and the pulmonary problems of patients with neuromuscular diseases.


Long-term ventilation
Non-invasive ventilation
Neuromuscular diseases


Newman, J H, Butka, B J, Parker, R E, Roselli, R J. Effect of progressive exercise on lung fluid balance in sheep. J Appl Physiol, 64(5), 2125-31, 1988.

Newman, JH, Butka, BJ, Brigham, KL. Thromboxane A2 and prostacyclin do not modulate pulmonary hemodynamics during exercise in sheep. J Appl Physiol, 61(5), 1706-11, 1986.

Butka, BJ, Bennett, SR, Johnson, AC. Disseminated inoculation blastomycosis in a renal transplant recipient. Am Rev Respir Dis, 130(6), 1180-3, 1984.