Karin A. Pacheco, MD, MSPH

Karin A. Pacheco
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
  • 5280 Top Doctors 2016
  • Recognized as a 5280 Top Doctor
  • America’s Top Doctors 2015 — Castle Connolly, Medical, Ltd.
  • Recognized in America’s Top Doctors — Castle Connolly, Inc.
  • Best Doctors in America® 2015 — Best Doctors, Inc.
  • Recognized in Best Doctors in America® — Best Doctors, Inc.
  • America’s Top Doctors 2016 — Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd.
  • Specialties and ConditionsSpecialties & Conditions
    Research AreasResearch Areas
    • Environmental and Occupational Diseases

    Special Interests

    Clinical Interests 

    Occupational asthma and allergies. Challenge Chamber for diagnosis of Occupational Asthma.

    Dr. Pacheco specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of occupational asthma and allergic disease. She performs specific occupational allergen challenges to help diagnose occupational asthma as well as specific skin and patch testing to occupational allergens.


    Research Interests

    Genetic and environmental risk factors for asthma and allergy to laboratory animals in exposed research scientists and technicians.


    University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, MSPH, Preventive Med & Biometrics, Honors Thesis
    New York University School of Medicine, MD, with Honors
    New York University, Premedical Studies
    Bryn Mawr College (Bryn Mawr, PA), BA, Economics & French Literature
    L'Académie (Paris), Junior Year Abroad
    National Jewish Health / University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, Residency, Occupational Medicine
    University of Colorado Denver, Internship and Residency, Internal Medicine
    National Jewish Health / University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, Fellowship, Allergy and Immunology

    Awards & Recognition

    2014: Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors, Inc.
    1991-1992: Della McShane Fellowship in Medicine (Allergy)
    1990-1991: Liz Claiborne, Inc. Fellowship in Immunology NYU MD with honors in microbiology First Prize for Student Research Bertran Gesner Memorial Prize for excellence in research in immunology

    Board Certification

    Internal Medicine
    American Board of Internal Medicine Allergy and Immunology
    American Conjoint Board of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Occupational Medicine
    American Board of Preventive Medicine

    Professional Memberships

    Fellow, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Environmental and Occupational Respiratory Disease Section
    American Thoracic Society, Environmental/Occupational Health Section
    American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine


    Pacheco K, Maier L, Silveira L, Goelz K, Noteware K, Luna B, and C Rose. Association of CD14 alleles with chest symptoms and lung function in laboratory animal researchers. (manuscript in preparation) Pacheco K, Maier L, Silveira L, Goelz K, Noteware K, Luna B, Murphy J, Dubois R, and C Rose. Association of TLR4 alleles with symptoms and sensitization to laboratory animals. (manuscript in revision)

    Pacheco K, McCammon C, Liu AH, Thorne PS, O’Neill M, Martyny J, Newman L, and Rose CS. Characterization of endotoxin and mouse allergen exposures in mouse facilities and research laboratories. Ann Occup Hyg 2006; 50 (6): 563-572. epub April 2006.

    Pacheco KA, McCammon C, Liu AH, Thorne PS, O’Neill ME, Martyny J, Newman LS, Hamman RF, and Rose CS. Airborne endotoxin predicts symptoms in nonsensitized technicians and research scientists exposed to laboratory mice. Am J Resp Crit Care Med 2003; 167: 983-990.

    Pacheco K, Tarkowski M, Negri J, Sterritt C, Rosenwasser L, and Borish L. The influence of diesel exhaust particles on mononuclear phagocytic cell-derived cytokines: IL-10, TGF-b and IL-1b. Clin Exp Immunol. 2001 Dec; 126(3): 374-83.

    Academic Affiliations

    Assistant Professor, Preventive Medicine and Allergy/Immunology, University of Colorado Denver

    Teaching & Professional Positions

    “Bioaerosols in Occupational Medicine,” A Problem-Based Learning Course
    “History of Occupational Medicine” in Introduction to Occupational and Environmental Health

    Contact Information

    • Office: 877.225.5654
    • Fax: 303.398.1452



    • National Jewish Health Main Campus
      1400 Jackson St.
      Denver, CO 80206

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    National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2016
    I feel that I couldn't find a better doctor, her concern and attention have been a relief to me at one of the most frustrating times of my life!

    National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2016
    I would never hesitate to return for health reasons.

    National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2016

    National Jewish Health PatientMarch, 2016
    *Dr. Pachico is always caring and concerned about my care/issues - She takes very good care of me.

    National Jewish Health PatientJanuary, 2016
    The staff was terrific. Everyone made me feel comfortable and less stressed about the procedures.