Jeffrey James Swigris, DO, MS

Jeffrey James Swigris
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
Best Doctors in America® 2017-2018 — Best Doctors, Inc.
Jeffrey James Swigris, DO, is a pulmonologist at National Jewish Health. Dr. Swigris is in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine.

Special Interests

Clinical Interests

My clinical interest is in evaluating and caring for patients with interstitial lung disease (ILD) of any cause. Aryeh Fischer, MD (Division of Rheumatology and Co-Director of the Autoimmune Lung Center) and I co-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 focus of my individual research program is on how patients live with and experience ILD, how we assess that experience, and how we, as caretakers, might improve quality of life in patients suffering from ILD. I have a particular interest in developing and investigating so-called patient-reported outcomes (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 therapeutic interventions affect patients.


Stanford University, MS (Epi)
Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, DO
Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Internal Medicine
Ohio University/Grandview Hospital,
Stanford University, Research Fellow
Stanford University, Pulmonary and Critical Care

Awards & Recognition

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 Scool 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


Swigris JJ, Wamboldt FS, Behr J, du Bois R, King, Jr. TE, Raghu G, Brown KK.  The six-minute walk in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: longitudinal changes and minimum important difference.  Thorax 2010;65:173-177 PMID: 19996335

Swigris JJ, Brown KK, Behr J, du Bois R, King, Jr. TE, Raghu G, Wamboldt FS.  The SF-36 and SGRQ: validity and first look at minimum important differences in IPF.  Respir Med 2010;104:296-304 PMID: 19815403

Raghu G, King, Jr. TE, Behr J, Brown KK, du Bois RM, Leconte I, Roux S, Swigris JJ.  Quality of life and dyspnoea in patients treated with bosentan for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (BUILD-1).  Eur Respir J 2010;35:118-123 PMID: 19679600 

Yorke J, Jones PW, Swigris JJ.  Development and Validity Testing of an IPF-Specific Verstion of the SGRQ.  Thorax 2010;65:921-926 PMID: 20861296

Swigris JJ, Wilson SR, Green KE, Brown KK, Wamboldt FS.  Development of the ATAQ-IPF: a tool to assess quality of life in IPF.  Health Qual Life Outcomes 2010;8:77 PMID: 20673370

Academic Affiliations

Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine, University of Colorado Denver

Teaching & Professional Positions

2011-Present: Associate Professor, National Jewish Health
2011-Present: Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado
2003-2005: Clinical Instructor, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Stanford University

Website Information

Participation Program for Pulmonary Fibrosis

Conflicts of Interest

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Contact Information

  • Office: 877.225.5654



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

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National Jewish Health PatientJune, 2017
Very good.

National Jewish Health PatientJune, 2017
Nat'l Jewish is very fortunate to have Dr Swigris & I am very fortunate to have seen him. I could feel the kindness & compassion in his voice. His level of knowledge was amazing.

National Jewish Health PatientJune, 2017
*Dr. Swigris seems very concerned about how you are feeling.

National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2017
Dr. Swigris has only been an excellent provider, physician, guider and helper, he has pointed me in the right direction for what is to come. I am at "end stage", lymphangioleiomyomatosis. He has directed me to palliative care and hospice services. He referred me to nurse practitioner, Browyn Long, who has been extremely helpful in guiding me through this process.

National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2017
*Dr. Swigris is the best dr. I have ever had I have recommended him to all I know who have lung problem.

National Jewish Health PatientMarch, 2017
He's just a great doctor!

National Jewish Health PatientFebruary, 2017
Dr. Swigris is very kind and understanding and answers all questions.

National Jewish Health PatientFebruary, 2017
I went to DR Swigris, for a self-paid consultation for [condition]. Meeting with Jeffery was well worth the time and expense of doing so. He explained in detail, not only how the disease functioned but how it was attacking my lungs, in terms my wife and I could understand. Kaiser had done some of the same but not in one sitting with my [test] out and used for my education. Jeffery within an hour gave my underlying condition a name, and recommended aggressive treatment plan. For this I will be eternally grateful, I have been waiting 7 months for this type of information from Kaiser. I feel Kaiser was doing most of the correct things but didn't know why, and was taking a wait and see approach that may have led to a recurrence in December. I also understand that there is the possibility of recurrences in the future, but feel this one may have been avoidable. Today based on DR Swigris's input to Kaiser, I have begun Infusion therapy, and Kaiser has totally accepted Jeffery's diagnoses and treatment plan. It would seem they were also in need of a fresh set of eyes, and a better definition of my disease. I understand that my disease is rare; however it is not unheard of and feel Kaiser should have taken advantage of the knowledge base at NJH, on their own. My consultation with DR Swigris was more than I could hope for, my family and I are hopeful the treatment he has directed will return my life back to as normal a condition as possible. He made no promises of complete recovery, given the scarring in my lungs but provided the hope that I could get off of [treatment] in the future. Maybe I'll move to Florida to make up the difference!

National Jewish Health PatientFebruary, 2017
Dr. Swigris is a phenomenal physician.

National Jewish Health PatientJanuary, 2017
Outstanding pulmonologist and outstanding, caring human being.

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