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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) describes a group of diseases where airflow in the lungs is limited. COPD is a progressive lung disease and affects millions of people each year. The most familiar diseases in this group are emphysema and chronic bronchitis. A person with COPD may have emphysema or chronic bronchitis; many have both. 

If you or a loved one has COPD, National Jewish Health in Denver, Colorado, has the experts you need. Designated as a COPD high performing hospital for 2022-23 by U.S. News & World Report, National Jewish Health also continues to be a top hospital for pulmonary care. Our multidisciplinary team of respiratory specialists will create an individualized plan of care, based on your specific needs.

Our doctors are researchers too, so you will have access to the latest COPD clinical trials and most effective treatments.

Our COPD Program provides:

  • This year, our COPD and Lung Cancer Surgery program were rated “high performing,” the highest rating available.Advanced diagnostic testing and treatment options for COPD
  • Surgical options for COPD patients
  • Specialized pulmonary and physical rehabilitation programs
  • Personalized education and group classes

Our goal is to help you manage your COPD and to live a full and active life.

Learn more about our COPD Program.



  • Ron Balkissoon

    Ron Balkissoon, MD, MSc, DIH, FRCPC

  • David A. Beuther

    David A. Beuther, MD, PhD, FCCP

  • Russell P. Bowler

    Russell P. Bowler, MD, PhD

  • Gregory P. Downey

    Gregory P. Downey, MD, FRCPC

  • James H. Finigan

    James H. Finigan, MD

  • Kristen Glisinski

    Kristen Glisinski, MD

  • Steven E. Lommatzsch

    Steven E. Lommatzsch, MD

  • Vipin Malik

    Vipin Malik, MD

  • Laurie A. Manka

    Laurie A. Manka, MD

  • James K. O'Brien

    James K. O'Brien, MD, FACP, FCCP

  • Irina Petrache

    Irina Petrache, MD

  • Katherine Rosen

    Katherine Rosen, RN, MSN, ANP-C

  • Howard Saft

    Howard Saft, MD, MS

  • Michael D. Schwartz

    Michael D. Schwartz, MD, FCCM

  • Elaine M. K. Schwartz

    Elaine M. K. Schwartz, MD, FCCP

  • Jennifer Sederberg

    Jennifer Sederberg, NP

  • Evan L. Stepp

    Evan L. Stepp, MD

  • Ellen Volker

    Ellen Volker, MD, MSPH

  • Michael E. Wechsler

    Michael E. Wechsler, MD, MMSc

  • James Woodrow

    James Woodrow, MD

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