Jeff Swigris, DO, MS Make an Appointment Ask a Question Refer Patient Jeff Swigris, DO, is a pulmonologist at National Jewish Health. Dr. Swigris is in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. Professor Department of Medicine Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine 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 Patient Rating 5 out of 5 stars 53 Patient Ratings 70 Patient Comments Overview Contact Info & Locations Patient Ratings & Comments Programs & Services Department of Medicine Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine (Adult) Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) Program Specialties & Conditions Autoimmune Lung Diseases Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)/Pulmonary Fibrosis Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) Research Areas Patient-reported outcome measures Quality of Life Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)/Pulmonary Fibrosis Related Clinical Trials IPF COMFORT Study for Chronic Cough Special Interests Clinical Interests My clinical interest is in evaluating and caring for patients with interstitial lung disease (ILD) of any cause. The emphasis of my approach to care is on forming a partnership with patients and their spouses/partners/caregivers, so, together, we can make the best decisions possible about their evaluation and management. I run a clinical research lab whose goal is to explore interesting and important clinical questions regarding ILD, including ILD related to connective tissue disease. The global mission of my individual research program is to explore how patients live with and experience ILD, how we assess that experience, and how we, as medical providers, might improve quality of life in patients suffering from ILD. I have a particular interest in developing and investigating so-called patient-reported outcome measures (PRO) in ILD. These are instruments designed to capture patients' perceptions of what life is like with ILD and are used to assess whether and how our therapeutic interventions benefit (or harm) patients. See More View Curriculum Vitae View Publications Education Awards & Recognition 2019: National Jewish Health Service Excellence Hero 2013-2014: Outstanding Contributions by a Subspecialist to Adult Ambulatory Care Clerkship Department of Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine 2014: Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors, Inc. 2008: Nomination, Clinician of the Year, National Jewish Health 2005: Faculty Teaching Award, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Stanford School of Medicine 2000: Senior Medical Resident of the Year, Cleveland Clinic Foundation 1997: Internal Medicine Fast Track Intern of the Year, Grandview Hospital Board Certification Pulmonary Diseases Critical Care Medicine Professional Memberships American College of Chest Physicians American Thoracic Society International Society for Quality of Life Research Publications Swigris J, Cutts K, Male N, Baldwin M, Rohr KB, Bushnell DM. The Living with Pulmonary Fibrosis questionnaire in progressive fibrosing interstitial lung disease. ERJ Open Res. 2021 May 24;7(2):00145-2020. doi: 10.1183/23120541.00145-2020. PMID: 34046493; PMCID: PMC8141833. Swigris JJ, Bushnell DM, Rohr K, Mueller H, Baldwin M, Inoue Y. Responsiveness and meaningful change thresholds of the Living with Pulmonary Fibrosis (L-PF) questionnaire Dyspnoea and Cough scores in patients with progressive fibrosing interstitial lung diseases. BMJ Open Respir Res. 2022 Mar;9(1):e001167. doi: 10.1136/bmjresp-2021-001167. PMID: 35241434; PMCID: PMC8896030. Aronson KI, Danoff SK, Russell AM, Ryerson CJ, Suzuki A, Wijsenbeek MS, Bajwah S, Bianchi P, Corte TJ, Lee JS, Lindell KO, Maher TM, Martinez FJ, Meek PM, Raghu G, Rouland G, Rudell R, Safford MM, Sheth JS, Swigris JJ. Patient-centered Outcomes Research in Interstitial Lung Disease: An Official American Thoracic Society Research Statement. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2021 Jul 15;204(2):e3-e23. doi: 10.1164/rccm.202105-1193ST. Erratum in: Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2021 Sep 1;204(5):616. PMID: 34283696. Swigris JJ, Andrae DA, Churney T, Johnson N, Scholand MB, White ES, Matsui A, Raimundo K, Evans CJ. Development and Initial Validation Analyses of the Living with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Questionnaire. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2020 Dec 15;202(12):1689-1697. doi: 10.1164/rccm.202002-0415OC. PMID: 32634038; PMCID: PMC7737580. Swigris JJ. Transitions and touchpoints in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. BMJ Open Respir Res. 2018 Jun 29;5(1):e000317. doi: 10.1136/bmjresp-2018-000317. PMID: 30018766; PMCID: PMC6045697. Academic Affiliations Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine, University of Colorado Denver Teaching & Professional Positions 2021-Present: Professor, National Jewish Health 2011-Present: Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado 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. Ask a Question through Patient Portal Sign in to your My National Jewish Health patient portal account to communicate with your care team, manage appointments, and more. Create an Account Contact Information Office: 877.255.5654 Patient Ratings The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to care provider related questions on our independent rating system, the Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. This survey is about the patient care experience and does not address crucial characteristics like medical decision-making, prescribing the best therapy, and patient outcomes. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best score. Learn more about our patient satisfaction survey. Provider showed concern 5 Friendliness 5 Spoke using clear language 5 Provider explained things clearly 5 Amount of time spent with you 5 Provider included you in decisions 5 Confidence in your doctor 5 Likelihood of recommending this provider 5 Comments Comments are collected in our Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Surveys. Patients are de-identified to protect confidentiality and patient privacy. Learn more about our patient satisfaction survey. National Jewish Health Patient– January, 2022 Dr. Swigris has every quality you would want for a doctor: Friendly, caring, listens, and he is brilliant! National Jewish Health Patient– January, 2022 *Dr. Swigris is by far the BEST doctor ever. National Jewish Health Patient– December, 2021 Always received excellent care. National Jewish Health Patient– November, 2021 Dr. Swigris has been my doctor for 16 years. I'm very sad to see him leave. He has saved my life several times with his knowledge when other doctors couldn't figure out what was wrong with me. I always felt I was included in the decisions of my care. Dr. Swigris will be greatly missed. National Jewish Health Patient– November, 2021 Dr. Swigris is amazing and always goes above and beyond with me. As I was the last appointment of the day, he spent much more time with me, and he spent all the time necessary to talk about Important Issues with me. While I am saddened that he will no longer be my pulmonologist, I am grateful for having him as my doctor, and know that he will do amazing things In his new job. National Jewish Health Patient– November, 2021 Dr. Swigris is an incredible human being as well as an incredible physician! National Jewish Health Patient– November, 2021 Can ask anything and answers is given National Jewish Health Patient– November, 2021 Dr. Swigris was excellent to talk with, he spoke to my level and I gad no trouble understanding him National Jewish Health Patient– November, 2021 I have been going to Dr. Swigris for 13 years. He is a very kind and caring doctor. National Jewish Health Patient– November, 2021 Jeff always listens and shows concern. I've been seeing him for 16 years. He is thorough and follows up so well National Jewish Health Patient– October, 2021 J. SWIGRIS always explained things in detail, which I appreciated even tho I'm an N.P. show more National Jewish Health Patient– October, 2021 My experience helped me feel so much more confident and now I feel like I have been given my old life back. National Jewish Health Patient– October, 2021 Dr. Swigris was more than a doctor. He trusted my judgement and allowed me to make decisions concerning my care. No one can replace him unfortunately. He knew that I know my health better than anyone else. If I needed to increase medications I would send him a message and he would either agree or suggest a higher amount. National Jewish Health Patient– October, 2021 Dr. Swigris is the doctor that everyone dreams of having. He listens, he cares, he remembers and he is brilliant. He has been my doc for 16 years and I trust him implicitly. National Jewish Health Patient– October, 2021 Dr. Swigris is an amazing physician and a wonderful and kind person. A true professional in every way. National Jewish Health Patient– October, 2021 Dr Swigris is the best. He has truly helped me during a very difficult time in my life. National Jewish Health Patient– September, 2021 Dr Swigris is a true professional! I have been seeing him over 15 or 16 years, and I can't imagine seeing any other Dr. He takes his time to talk to and go over a health plan. Had it not been for him, I would have died. My daughter also sees him, and we can't thank him and NJH enough! National Jewish Health Patient– September, 2021 Dr. Swigris always spends a great deal of time whenever I have an appointment. He listens to me and takes time to explain what is going on with my condition and he always comes up with a plan of action. He is one of the kindest physicians that I have ever had. It is always a positive experience. National Jewish Health Patient– August, 2021 OUTSTANDING DOCTOR, VERY PLEASED AND CONFIDENT TO BE HIS PATIENT. National Jewish Health Patient– August, 2021 A very caring doctor. I give him a lot of recommendations. National Jewish Health Patient– August, 2021 I cannot explain how grateful I am for Dr. Swigris in this post [illness] "journey". He has displayed only compassion, kindness, and concern for my well being. During this time, I unfortunately have had very negative reactions from family, friends, strangers, and some medical staff. It is truly refreshing how Dr Swigris provides me with the comfort of knowing someone truly cares about my current health situation. He listens so thoroughly and communicates in such a respectful manner that truly makes me feel like I'm being heard and shows empathy to my circumstances. I have no true way to express my sincere thanks to him for being one of the best doctors I have ever encountered in all my years. I am so appreciative of the time I have been blessed to have with him and am so happy he will continue to provide others with his exemplary care. Thank you Dr Swigris! National Jewish Health Patient– August, 2021 Great Doc. National Jewish Health Patient– August, 2021 I adore Dr Swigris. I feel very fortunate to be in his care. National Jewish Health Patient– August, 2021 Dr. Swirgis is very kind a d thorough with his explanations. National Jewish Health Patient– August, 2021 Dr. Swigirst is a wonderful dr. He took time to explain what was happening with my lungs & showed empathy for my concerns. National Jewish Health Patient– August, 2021 Doctor showed concern and explained and suggested several things I might try for my health National Jewish Health Patient– August, 2021 I can only describe my care as Excellent, asuning thats your highest classificatio, if not then Excellent + National Jewish Health Patient– August, 2021 *Dr. Swigris is a very compassionate doctor. National Jewish Health Patient– August, 2021 Dealing with [chronic] symptoms are as difficult mentally as physically. Dr Swigris and staff were excellent at explaining what was experiencing. National Jewish Health Patient– August, 2021 I had an amazing experience for problems that have plagued me for years. Looking forward to solutions. National Jewish Health Patient– July, 2021 Dr. Swigris is a blessing to me and I greatly appreciate his compassion and concern for my wellbeing. National Jewish Health Patient– July, 2021 I'm very pleased with my care under Dr. Swigris. He is very thorough, knowledable . Ccaring and cordial. Would highly recommend him. National Jewish Health Patient– July, 2021 Dr. Swigris is a lifesaver and always has the time to answer my questions and explain his answers. National Jewish Health Patient– July, 2021 Always spends great amount of 1:1 time with us! National Jewish Health Patient– July, 2021 Dr Swigris is the best National Jewish Health Patient– July, 2021 Dr. Swigris asks my opinions and understands that I know my health and lungs better than anyone so he asks and considers what I say. National Jewish Health Patient– July, 2021 Love my Doctor! National Jewish Health Patient– July, 2021 Always a great experience. Dr. Swigris is a doctor in whom I have great confidence. National Jewish Health Patient– July, 2021 Outstanding. National Jewish Health Patient– June, 2021 Dr Swigris has always been kind and empathetic to my needs. I feel l can trust him and count on his opinion. National Jewish Health Patient– June, 2021 Dr. Swigris always treats me as a member of his family. National Jewish Health Patient– June, 2021 Not as proactive as I would like. National Jewish Health Patient– June, 2021 Excellent Doctor, He is a pleasure to see and be taken care of by him. I have referred Dr Swigris to my wife for her care. National Jewish Health Patient– June, 2021 My visits with *Dr. Swigris is like visiting an old friend who cares for my well being. National Jewish Health Patient– June, 2021 Dr. Swigris is the best in all ways. He is so caring and really listens and is very open. National Jewish Health Patient– June, 2021 Overall an excellent experience. National Jewish Health Patient– June, 2021 Very personable, caring, not rushed easy to understand. National Jewish Health Patient– June, 2021 I must admit, he sure was pretty knowledgeable in his field. National Jewish Health Patient– June, 2021 dr swigris is a wonderful thoughtful and caring provider. I wish everyone with long covid could see him. National Jewish Health Patient– May, 2021 concrete, to the point, friendly and very helpful National Jewish Health Patient– May, 2021 I can not describe how much I appreciated Dr Swigris' kindness. He is the first doctor since I was diagnosed who has taken the time to explain and to show me what my test results mean and what progression has been made. I am sincerely so thankful for his patience and compassion. It was truly refreshing and left me feeling that I can trust him. Thank you Dr Swigris. National Jewish Health Patient– May, 2021 Dr.Swigris is the best doctor I have ever had. National Jewish Health Patient– May, 2021 Dr. Swigris is always thoughtful and caring and spends plenty of time discussing my issues. Never rushes.Very knowledgeable. One of the best. National Jewish Health Patient– May, 2021 Swigris is amazing. I am so happy to have him on my case. National Jewish Health Patient– May, 2021 Dr. Swigris is interested and pleasure to talk to. His concern for my health is genuine and you can feel his empathy. National Jewish Health Patient– May, 2021 I lose patience with myself, but the doctor took his time and listened to what I had to say. National Jewish Health Patient– May, 2021 he is very special National Jewish Health Patient– April, 2021 Dr Swigris is a wonderful , caring professional. I would recommend him to anyone for treatment. He explains things so that they are understandable . National Jewish Health Patient– April, 2021 He's just the best! National Jewish Health Patient– April, 2021 I thought coming to a big hospital that I may be meeting with a stuffy doctor, it was so refreshing to be greeted by Dr. Swigris. He is so down to earth and kind and was so patient with my concerns and addressing my symptoms. He didn't talk over my head and he was honest in his opinions. I felt very comfortable with him and I know he is doing everything he can to find out what is going on regarding my [condition] and just doesn't have the answers right now but was not afraid to say he didn't know. I feel extremely confident that when a new medicine or any new insight comes along that he will contact me and let me know. He seems passionate about what he does and it makes a big difference when you are feeling as ill as I have for almost a year now. I highly recommend him [Protected health information]. I hope this nightmare is over soon but I know I am in good hands. I just wish there was more information out there. National Jewish Health Patient– April, 2021 I trust everyone there so far and appreciate the care. National Jewish Health Patient– April, 2021 Jeff has been my doctor and friend for over a decade. He contacts me just to check-in and see ow I am doing. National Jewish Health Patient– April, 2021 Dr. Swigris cares very much about each of his patients. Dr. Swigris is very kind, listens and answers all questions, explains in detail all test results and answers all my emails in a timely manner. National Jewish Health Patient– April, 2021 Dr Swigris is one of the most outstanding medical providers I have ever encountered. His empathy for his patients is part of the core of his being. I have complete trust in his knowledge and care for me. [I've had this condition] from the first day of life, I can't tell you how important it is to me to have a pulmonologist I can depend upon and I willingly put my life in Dr Swigris' hands. National Jewish Health Patient– April, 2021 Dr. Swigris spent time to explain my lung disease and a previous [diagnostic test]. He answered my questions & never made me feel rushed or like any question was insignificant. I had a current [diagnostic test] & he promptly sent me a message on my patient portal to explain the results. Dr. Swigris did such a good job explaining the [previous test], that I knew exactly what he was talking about on the new [one]. Thank you Dr. Swigris for showing your patients care & compassion. I appreciate your professionalism, expertise and desire for the well-being of your patients. National Jewish Health Patient– April, 2021 I have been more than pleased and impressed with my many appointments with Dr. Swigris. I have only good things to say about him. I would rate him as one of the best doctors and fine human beings I've ever had the pleasure to work with. His care, attention to detail and sincerity are admirable. National Jewish Health Patient– March, 2021 my encounter with Dr Swigris was very professional, courteous, caring , and informative. he made handwritten notes for us and made sure we understood and were comfortable with his plan. National Jewish Health Patient– March, 2021 I am truly blessed to have Dr. Swigris as my pulmonologist. He is a fine Doctor. Always listens and goes over my test results. He definitely thinks outside the box. My health has improved because of his knowledge and compassion. National Jewish Health Patient– March, 2021 Dr. Swigris was incredibly thorough and listened very well to my thoughts and concerns. i never felt rushed. National Jewish Health Patient– March, 2021 my first appointment with Dr Sigris was excellent!