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Quick Response, Teamwork Save Patient’s Life

When Carol Schmidt called family friend and National Jewish Health physician Michael Iseman, MD, about her husband, Jim, who lay in intensive care after passing out on an airplane tarmac, Dr. Iseman recommended colleague Gregory Cosgrove, MD.

Dr. Cosgrove collaborated with pathologist Steve Groshong, MD, PhD, and radiologist David Lynch, MD, to diagnose a catastrophic and progressive form of interstitial lung disease. The rapid diagnosis and effective treatment helped Jim limit permanent damage to his lungs. Within a year, he was off oxygen, and today he has resumed his favorite activities including traveling, hunting and golf.

“Were it not for the focused care and attention afforded to me by National Jewish Health, I would not be here today to tell this story,” said Jim. “When I’m with Dr. Cosgrove, he gives me all the time I need, whether it’s 15 minutes or an hour.”

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