Brett E. Fenster, MD, FACC, FASE

Brett E. Fenster
Associate Professor
Director of Pulmonary Hypertension Center
Department of Medicine
Division of Cardiology
Brett E. Fenster, MD, is a cardiologist at National Jewish Health. Dr. Fenster is in the Division of Cardiology and Department of Medicine.

Special Interests

Clinical Interests

Pulmonary Hypertension, patent foramen ovale (PFO) occluder placement for dyspnea/hypoxia and cardiac MRI Echocardiography.

Research Interests

4 dimensional cardiac MRI for the assessment of cardiac flow and motion, Non-invasive diagnosis and monitoring of pulmonary hypertension, and PFO occluder placement for the treatment of dyspnea/hypoxia.


University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, MD
Stanford University, School of Medicine, Residency/Internship
Stanford University, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Advanced Cardiac Imaging
Stanford University, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine

Awards & Recognition

2004: Outstanding Clinical Fellow (Stanford Univ. Div. of Cardiovasc. Med.)
2003: Edwin Alderman Award for Clinical Research (Stanford Univ. Div. of Cardiovasc. Med.)
2002: Franklin G. Ebaugh, Jr. Award for Research (Stanford Univ. Dept. of Internal Med.)
2002: Charles Dorsey Armstrong Award (Clinical excellence in caring for patients, Stanford Univ. Dept. of Int. Med.)
1999: Department of Medicine Award (Outstanding medical student in internal medicine, Univ. of Chicago Dept. of Med.)

Board Certification

2011: Cardiac CT
2010: Echocardiography
2006: Cardiovascular Medicine
2005: Nuclear Cardiology
2002: Internal Medicine

Professional Memberships

American College of Cardiology
American Heart Association
Pulmonary Hypertension Association
American Society of Echocardiography
Society of Cardiac Magnetic Resonance


Freeman, AM, Curran-Everett D, Weinberger HD, Fenster BE, Buckner JK, Gottschall EB, Sauer W, Maier L, Hamzeh NY.  Predictors of cardiac sarcoidosis using commonly available cardiac studies.  Am J Card 2013, 112(2):280-5.  PMID: 23602692

Fenster BE, Nguyen BH, Curran-Everett D, Buckner JK, Freeman AM, Carroll JD.  Percutaneous closure of patent foramen ovale for hypoxia.  Am J Card 2013, Jul 19. pii: S0002-9149(13)01448-3. doi:10.1016/j.amjcard.2013.06.022. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 23871675
Fenster BE
, Curran-Everett D, Freeman AM, Weinberger HD, Buckner JK, Carroll JD.  Saline contrast echocardiography for the detection of patent foramen ovale in hypoxia:  a validation study using intracardiac echocardiography.  Echocardiography 2013, 2013 Oct 18. doi: 10.1111/echo.12403. [Epub ahead of print].  PMID: 24138568
Fenster BE, Hale VD, Kim D, Buckner JK, Schroeder JD.  Right ventricular calcification:  An unusual variant of right ventricular remodeling in pulmonary hypertension.  Heart Asia 2013;5:244. doi:10.1136/heartasia-2013-010410.
Fenster BE, Lasalvia L, Schroeder JD, Smyser J, Silveira LJ, Buckner JK, Brown KK.  Cystatin C:  A potential biomarker for pulmonary arterial hypertension.  Respirology. 2014; 19(4):583-9. doi: 10.1111/resp.12259. Epub 2014 Mar 14. PMID: 24628703.

Hospital Affiliations

  • Rose Medical Center

Academic Affiliations

Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, University of Colorado Denver

Website Information

National Jewish Health Pulmonary Vascular Biomechanics Group

Conflicts of Interest

National Jewish Health physicians and scientists may collaborate with pharmaceutical or other industries to develop medical and scientific breakthroughs or to provide education on trends in quality medical practice and outcomes to physicians and health professionals around the country. National Jewish Health maintains a strict conflict of interest policy to ensure that all potential conflicts are clearly visible and that management plans are put in place in order to further innovation and education while ensuring the protection of our patients and the integrity of our research. National Jewish Health publicly discloses any payment to our physicians or scientists. View this faculty member’s industry relationships and collaborations.

Contact Information

  • Office: 877.225.5654
  • Fax: 303.398.1476



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

  • National Jewish Health Highlands Ranch
    8671 S Quebec St, Suite 120 Highlands Ranch, CO 80130

Patient Ratings

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Explanation of problem/condition

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National Jewish Health PatientNovember, 2016
Provider used terms like "favor" and was unable to explain what was really going on in my body Tried so hard to use "words I would understand" that I actually did not get the information about my condition

National Jewish Health PatientOctober, 2016
I have been under this Doctors care for many years and have never had a bad comment about him or his care.

National Jewish Health PatientJune, 2016
I'm returning to NJH in August to see Dr. Fenster and Dr. [NAME] again as a follow up to my health issue. I am very satisfied with the work these two doctors have done on my case.

National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2016
dr Fenster ROCKS

National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2016
I totally trust *Dr. Fenster, in fact, I've lived in several different places in the last 2 yrs. and I do what it takes to get back to see him. I really do not like seeing anyone else -

National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2016
This outstanding physician is not only well qualified but caring. He is informed about your case & condition before he opens the door.

National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2016
Excellent by all parties

National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2016
I have tremendous confidence in Brett Fenster as my Cardiologist. I intend to remain in his care as long as I am able.

National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2016
Impressive! I feel very confident that my concerns will be addressed as we move through this process. I couldn't ask for a better physician/researcher for my particular health issue.

National Jewish Health PatientJanuary, 2016
Dr. Fenster has been a key part of my medical team. He understands the complexity of my health situation and doesn't give up on me or my care. I really appreciate that.

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