About Robert A. Comp, M.D.
I love my job.
I have practiced with Pulmonary Associates for my entire career. I came to AZ (from MI, CT, MA, and OH) to complete my training, not expecting to stay, but the opportunities here were too good to pass up—both Arizona and Pulmonary Associates. Working with such a great diversity of patients and colleagues is amazing. I believe my strengths lie in listening and talking to patients and their families, in the office or hospital, in good times and bad. I believe this distinguishes true physicians. Others seem to appreciate it too: I’ve been a Phoenix Magazine “Top Doc” 14 times.
I’ve led an interesting life. My wife, daughter, 2 sons and granddaughter are a constant source of joy, inspiration and awe. The same is true of every one of my patients. My other outside passion is mountain climbing. Since joining a high-altitude research team in Bolivia in 1989, I’ve been on 14 climbs in the Andes in South America, the Himalayas in Nepal, and in the U.S. As time goes by, I’ve slowed down a bit, but I plan to keep climbing as long as I am able.
All of this keeps me excited and eager to see people every day. The privilege of being personally involved and trusted in the lives of so many people is humbling and always rewarding. Sure there are hard days, everybody has those. But I can certainly say that I have never had a dull day since I stared medical school. Few professions can offer that. I have always said that I have the best job in the world. It’s true.