James H. Finigan
James H. Finigan, MD, is a pulmonologist at National Jewish Health. Dr. Finigan serves as Director of The Respiratory Centers of Excellence and Medical Director of the Lung Cancer Screening Program.
Director, The Respiratory Centers of Excellence
Medical Director, Lung Cancer Screening Program
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
Division of Oncology, Cancer Center
Department of Medicine
Research AreasResearch Areas
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Inflammation
  • Lung Cell Biology
  • Translational Research

Special Interests

Research Interests

My research focuses on how cells of the lung adhere and how cell-cell junctions are altered during lung injury and repair. This process is relevant to numerous pulmonary diseases including acute lung injury as well as lung cancer initiation and progression.


University of Rochester School of Medicine, MD
Colgate University, BA, English Literature
University Hospitals of Cleveland, Chief Resident
University Hospitals of Cleveland, Resident in Internal Medicine
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellow

Board Certification

2010: BLS, ACLS, Colorado License
2008: Critical Care Medicine
2007: Pulmonary Medicine
2006: Medical License: Ohio
2003: American Board of Internal Medicine

Professional Memberships

American Association for Cancer Research
American Thoracic Society
Pulmonary Circulation Assembly


Finigan JH, Dudek SM, Singleton PA, Chiang ET, Jacobson JR, Camp SM, Ye SQ, Garcia JG. Activated protein C mediates novel lung endothelial barrier enhancement. JBC 2005;280:17286-92.

Abdulnour RE, Peng X, Finigan JH, Han EJ, Hasan EJ, Birukov KB, Reddy SP, Watkins III JE, Kayyali US, Garcia J GN, Tuder RM, and Hassoun PM. Mechanical stress activates xanthine oxidoreductase through MAP Kinase-dependent pathways. AJP: Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology. AJP: Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology. 2006;291(3):345-53.

Finigan JH. The Coagulation System and Pulmonary Endothelial Function in Acute Lung Injury. Microvascular Research. 2009; Jan;77(1):35-8.

Finigan JH, Boueiz A, Wilkinson E, Damico R, Skirball J, Pae HH, Damarla M, Hasan E, Pearse DB, Reddy SP, Grigoryev DN, Cheadle C, Esmon CT, Garcia JG, Hassoun PM. Activated protein C protects against ventilator-induced lung injury. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2009; 296(6):1002-11.

Lin Z, Natesan V, Shi H, Dong F, Kawanami D, Mahabeleshwar GH, Atkins GB, Finigan JH and Jain MK. KLF2 regulates endothelial barrier function. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2010;30(10):1952-9.

Hospital Affiliations

  • Colorado Acute Long Term Hospital
  • Rose Medical Center
  • St. Joseph Hospital - Denver
  • Swedish Medical Center

Academic Affiliations

Assistant Professor, University of Colorado, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

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Contact Information

  • Office: 877.225.5654



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

  • Saint Joseph Hospital
    1835 Franklin Street Denver, CO 80218

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National Jewish Health PatientApril, 2020
*Dr. Finigan is the best! He explains everything, takes time with you and is very knowledgeable and caring!

National Jewish Health PatientFebruary, 2020
Dr Finnegan recommended tests and results were Dr. Finigan used many tests to diagnose my condition and provide appropriate treatment! He even arranged for me to get therapy out of area!

National Jewish Health PatientJanuary, 2020
Down to earth care.

National Jewish Health PatientJanuary, 2020
Outstanding experience recommend will recommend highly

National Jewish Health PatientJuly, 2019
Outstanding visit. All questions and concerns answered.

National Jewish Health PatientJuly, 2019
I fully trust Dr. James Finighan for my health issues. He always makes me feel better when I leave.

National Jewish Health PatientJune, 2019
Great experience.

National Jewish Health PatientJanuary, 2019
Very good experience. *Dr. Finigan and staff were outstanding.

National Jewish Health PatientDecember, 2018
*Dr. Finigan is the best,a professional expert and a "friend" to talk about my issues.