Jeffrey James Swigris, DO, MS

Jeffrey James Swigris
Jeffrey James Swigris, DO, is a pulmonologist at National Jewish Health. Dr. Swigris is in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine.
Department of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
Best Doctors in America® 2019-2020 — Best Doctors, Inc.

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.


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

Patient Ratings

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Amount of time spent with you

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National Jewish Health PatientDecember, 2020
Dr. Swigris is a phenomenal provider. Being in the medical community, we expect the same exceptional care in which we provide our patients and Dr. Swigris exceeds those expectations.

National Jewish Health PatientDecember, 2020
*Dr. Swigris is such a good, caring dr. (person). He has really improved my health over the years!

National Jewish Health PatientDecember, 2020
I was extremely impressed. I am a research scientist and every question I asked was professionally responded to.

National Jewish Health PatientDecember, 2020
Dr Swigris is a gem of a doctor. He explains complex medical issues in an easy to understand method and examples. He listened to my concerns and answered each and every question. He even called another doctor to answer my questions fully. [PHI]. He provided a source for other highly regarded doctors in the field so my other six siblings can seek the same excellent care across the country. Dr Swigris spent an hour with is and never made us feel like we needed to hurry up and end the discussion until all my concerns were resolved. I would highly recommend Dr Swigris.

National Jewish Health PatientDecember, 2020
J.S. is exceptionally kind and professional taking extra time as needed to answer questions, an tx and help family members understand the condition

National Jewish Health PatientDecember, 2020
visit was great

National Jewish Health PatientDecember, 2020
very professional and able to put test results into laymen terms

National Jewish Health PatientDecember, 2020
*Dr. Swigris has always provided clear & thorough explanations throughout the entire visit. He listens carefully, and is never rushed during the visit. He appears to care deeply & shows genuine compassion. The best pulmonologist!

National Jewish Health PatientDecember, 2020
Appreciated the time & concern *Dr. Swigris took to get to know my situation & the best course to take for diagnosis & treatment.

National Jewish Health PatientDecember, 2020
We loved Dr Swigris. Feel quite blessed that he is my doctor. [PHI]. Very thorough, sincere, and told me what he thought in a way I could understand.

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