Irina Petrache, MD Make an Appointment Ask a Question Refer Patient Irina Petrache, MD, is a pulmonologist at National Jewish Health. Dr. Petrache serves as Chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and Associate Vice President of Faculty Development. Chief, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine Associate Vice President of Faculty Development Professor of Medicine Department of Medicine Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine Wollowick Chair in COPD Research 5280 Top Doctors 2022 Previously 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® 2019-2020 — Best Doctors, Inc. Recognized in Best Doctors in America® — Best Doctors, Inc. America’s Top Doctors 2020 — Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd. Email Profile Print Profile Overview Contact Info & Locations Patient Ratings & Comments Programs & Services COPD Program Department of Medicine Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine (Adult) Sarcoidosis Program Specialties & Conditions Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Overview Asthma Chronic Cough Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) Sarcoidosis Overview Research Areas Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Biology Lung Cell Biology Lung Inflammation Lung Injury and Repair Pulmonary Vascular Disease Regenerative Medicine Sphingolipid signaling and metabolomics Vascular Biology Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) See More View Publications News & Videos National Jewish Health Faculty Earn Three Awards From the American Thoracic Society Study Reveals Root Cause of Long-Term COVID Symptoms Education Education 1986 - 1992 Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy (Bucharest, Romania), Doctor of Medicine, MD Residency 1993 - 1996 Saint Luke's Medical Center (now Saint Vincent), Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine Fellowship 1999 - 2000 Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, Clinical Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine 1996 - 1999 Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, Research and Clinical Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Awards & Recognition 2015-2017: Associate Editor, American Journal of Physiology-Lung 2015-Present: Wollowick Chair in COPD Research, National Jewish Health 2015: The Golden Lung Award, for excellence in teaching, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine Fellowship program, Indiana University PCCM fellowship 2014: IUPUI Chancellor's Prestigious External Award Recognition (PEAR) 2014: Harrington Scholar-Innovator 2012-2015: ATS International Conference Committee Chair 2011-2015: Dr. Calvin H. English Chair, Indiana University 2010: Research Frontiers Trailblazer Award, IUPUI 2007-2011: Floyd and Reba Smith Chair in Respiratory Disease, Indiana University 2004: First Annual Respiratory Disease Young Investigators Forum, First Place in the Junior Faculty Category Basic Science 2004: The Thurlbeck Award for Research, University of British Columbia 1998-1999: National Research Scientific Award; Agency: NHLBI, NIH 1992: Special E. Majorana Center for Scientific Culture Scholarship, World Federation of Scientists, Italy 1988-1992: National Award for Academic Excellence in Medicine, Romania Board Certification 2002, 2010: American Board of Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine 2000, 2010: American Board of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine 1993: FLEX Part I, and Part II 1992: FMGEMS Clinical Component, and Basic Science Component 1992: ECFMG-certified Professional Memberships 2008-Present: Member, American Physiological Society 1997-Present: Member, American Thoracic Society (ATS) Research 2014-2020: Member, Lung Injury, Repair and Remodeling Study Section, CSR Patents 2009: "Materials and Methods for Using Adipose Stem Cells to Treat Lung Disease", IURTC Provisional Patent Application 9995-0127, US 20120100112 2008: "Method for Diagnosing and Treating Emphysema", US Patent # 8,486,405 issued on July 16, 2013 (EMAP II-related) Publications Melpo Christofidou-Solomidou, Ralph A. Pietrofesa, Evguenia Arguiri, Kelly S. Schweitzer, Evgeny V. Berdyshev, Maureen McCarthy, Astrid Corbitt, Joshua S. Alwood, Yongjia Yu, Ruth K. Globus, Charalambos C. Solomides, Robert L. Ullrich, and Irina Petrache. Space Radiation Associated Lung Injury in a Murine Model. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol 2015 Mar 1;308(5):L416-28. PMID 25526737 Kara Goss, Anthony Cucci, Amanda Fisher, Marjorie Albrecht, Andrea Frump, Roziya Tursunova, Yong Gao, Mary Beth Brown, Irina Petrache, Robert Tepper, Shawn Ahlfeld, and Tim Lahm. Neonatal Hyperoxic Lung Injury Favorably Alters Adult Right Ventricular Remodeling Response to Chronic Hypoxia Exposure. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol 2015 Feb 6:ajplung.00276.2014. PMID 25659904 Mary Beth Brown, Tsungai Chingombe, Abigail Zinn, Jagadeshwar Reddy, Rachel Novack, Sean Cooney, Amanda Fisher, Robert Presson, Tim Lahm, and Irina Petrache. Novel Assessment of Hemodynamic Kinetics with Acute Exercise in a Rat Model of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. Experimental Physiology 2015 Apr 13. doi: 10.1113/EP085182. PMID 25867528 Hongyan Lu, Christophe Poirier, Todd Cook, Dmitry O Traktuev, Stephanie Merfeld-Clauss, Benjamin Lease, Irina Petrache, Keith L March, Natalia V Bogatcheva. Conditioned media from adipose stromal cells limit lipopolysaccharide-induced lung injury, endothelial hyperpermeability and apoptosis. Journal of Translational Medicine 2015 Feb 21;13(1):67. doi: 10.1186/s12967-015-0422-3. PMID 25889857 Schweitzer KS, Chen SX, Law S, Van Demark MJ, Poirier C, Justice MJ, Hubbard WC, Kim ES, Lai X, Wang M, Kranz WD, Carroll CJ, Ray BD, Bittman R, Goodpaster J, Petrache I. Endothelial disruptive pro-inflammatory effects of nicotine and e-cigarette vapor exposures. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol 2015 May 15; 309(2):L175-98. doi: 10.1152/ajplung.00411.2014. PMID 25979079 PMCID PMC450497 Teaching & Professional Positions 2015-Present: Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine; Department of Medicine, National Jewish Health, Denver, CO 2012-2015: Professor of Medicine, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Tenured), Indiana University, Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Occupational Medicine 2011-2014: Vice Chair of Research, Indiana University, Department of Medicine 2008-2012: Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (secondary appointment) Indiana University, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2006-2012: Associate Professor of Medicine, Calvin E. English Chair Investigator, Indiana University, Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Occupational Medicine 2006-2007: Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine, Joint Appointment, Department of Pathology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 2005-2006: Assistant Professor of Pathology, Joint Appointment, Department of Pathology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 2003-2006: Assistant Professor of Medicine, Full-Time Staff, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, MD 2000-2006: Co-Director, Sarcoidosis Clinic, Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 2000-2003: Instructor of Medicine, Full-Time Staff, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, MD 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. 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