Jeffrey James Swigris, DO, MS Make an Appointment Ask a Question Refer Patient Jeffrey James 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 2019 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® 2018-2019 — Best Doctors, Inc. Recognized in Best Doctors in America® — Best Doctors, Inc. America’s Top Doctors 2019 — Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd. Email Profile Print Profile Patient Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars 166 Patient Ratings 83 Patient Comments × No Rating Available In order to provide the most accurate and useful information on our providers, we only post satisfaction data when a provider has received a minimum of 30 survey responses. 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Close Overview Contact Info & Locations Patient Ratings & Comments Programs & Services Department of Medicine Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine (Adult) EILO/VCD Program Exercise & Performance Breathing Center 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 Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) Patient-reported outcome measures Quality of Life Related Clinical Trials Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) Investigational Drug Study for Adults with IPF IPF-Related Cough Rheumatoid Arthritis & Interstitial Lung Disease Medication 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 Publications Education Education 2004 Stanford University, MS (Epi) 1996 Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, DO Residency 1997 - 2000 Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Internal Medicine 1996 - 1997 Ohio University/Grandview Hospital, Fellowship 2003 - 2004 Stanford University, Research Fellow 2000 - 2003 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 Publications 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 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: 877.225.5654 Locations National Jewish Health Main Campus 1400 Jackson St. Denver, CO 80206 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 4.9 Friendliness 5 Spoke using clear language 4.9 Provider explained things clearly 4.9 Amount of time spent with you 4.9 Provider included you in decisions 4.9 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– June, 2019 could not be more pleased with the Dr National Jewish Health Patient– June, 2019 Everyone at National Jewish Health are respectful and caring, staff and Dr. Swigris. National Jewish Health Patient– June, 2019 Best doctor I have ever had. National Jewish Health Patient– May, 2019 Doc Swigris is great! Only one problem, he can't cure my [condition]. Maybe someday! He's the best. National Jewish Health Patient– May, 2019 I have had phenomenal experiences with NJH and Dr. Swigris. National Jewish Health Patient– May, 2019 Dr. Swigris is an awesome Doctor! [PHI]. He is very caring and takes his time explaining things and asking questions. He is the best of the best at NJH! National Jewish Health Patient– April, 2019 I have a hearing loss and I appreciated that Dr. Swigris spoke excellent English which was a huge plus in my understanding all that he was saying. National Jewish Health Patient– April, 2019 Dr. Swigris was absolutely amazing in the amount of time he spent with me, the in-depth review of my history and test results (especially my CT scans) as well as his outline of recommendations. I have the utmost confidence in his level of knowledge and expertise and would give him my highest and most enthusiastic recommendation. National Jewish Health Patient– March, 2019 dr swigris is an excellent doctor and very caring and compassionate. I have been going to him for 10 years and wouldn't be alive today if I hadn't found National Jewish and Dr Swigris. National Jewish Health Patient– March, 2019 Jeff is simply the best. He answers all of my questions with facts and concern for my well being. He and I have been meeting for years and discussing the advancement of my [condition]. I know he cares about me and my family. I trust him completely and I deeply value his expertise and concern for my health. National Jewish Health Patient– March, 2019 *Dr. Swigris is excellent. He is professional, kind & patient. [PHI]. I respect him a great deal. Jewish (and I) are lucky to have him. show more National Jewish Health Patient– March, 2019 Dr. Swegris took the time and effort to explain everything very clearly. I like his step by step approach in an effort to diagnose my issues. Very personable. National Jewish Health Patient– March, 2019 First time I've ever trusted a doctor with my health. I respect his understanding of the body. National Jewish Health Patient– February, 2019 Dr. Swigris is awesome! National Jewish Health Patient– February, 2019 As stated earlier, I really like *Dr. Swigris. Each appt. I come with a list of questions, and each time I come away with useful answers. National Jewish Health Patient– January, 2019 Very organized plan National Jewish Health Patient– December, 2018 My biggest problem was knowing what questions to ask. National Jewish Health Patient– December, 2018 I wear hearing aids and sometimes have trouble "understanding" what is being said. I was so pleased to have a provided who spoke very distinct, clear English. National Jewish Health Patient– October, 2018 Dr/ Swigris is very caring and compassionate physician. I feel very blessed to have him as my doctor. National Jewish is lucky to have him. National Jewish Health Patient– September, 2018 Dr. Swigris is a excellent doctor always very caring and listening to what I have to say. Providing me with great care Hope he stays around to help me out. National Jewish Health Patient– July, 2018 Dr. Swigris is not only outstanding physician, he is very compassionate person as well. National Jewish Health Patient– July, 2018 I've been seeing *Dr. Swigris for over 11 yrs. At EVERY visit he has been concerned, caring, knowledgeable and makes me feel as if I'm his only concern! He is the best physician I have ever had! National Jewish Health Patient– July, 2018 Dr. Swigris is the best!! National Jewish Health Patient– July, 2018 Always great to see *Dr. Swigris. He's very friendly and will take any questions I might have. National Jewish Health Patient– June, 2018 dr Swigris is among your very best docs. National Jewish Health Patient– May, 2018 Excellent! National Jewish Health Patient– April, 2018 Very knowledgeable, thorough, and addressed all my concerns National Jewish Health Patient– March, 2018 Dr. Swigris asked all the right questions to get a big picture understanding of my condition. He helped me understand and evaluate the findings of my [TEST] and [PROCEDURE]. National Jewish Health Patient– March, 2018 Dr. Swigris is excellent. He is very knowledgeable, listens well and communicates well. National Jewish Health Patient– March, 2018 1. He's wonderful. National Jewish Health Patient– March, 2018 I have recommended *Dr. Swigris and National Jewish to strangers, friends, & relatives. National Jewish Health Patient– February, 2018 Dr. Swigris is amazing! He takes your concerns very seriously and fully discusses your condition and symptoms with you. He is also a caring person which comes across in his "bedside manner'. National Jewish Health Patient– February, 2018 My mother has been Dr Swigris's patient for years and she just loves him, so that is why I am going to him - because of his concern for patients and his knowledge as a Dr. He was able to get her off high dosages of [MEDICATION]! National Jewish Health Patient– January, 2018 *Dr. Swigris is the best at what he does and how he does it. National Jewish Health Patient– December, 2017 Always great to see Dr. Swigris. National Jewish Health Patient– November, 2017 *Dr. Swigris is the most knowledgeable, compassionate, thorough, caring provider I have ever worked with. I have been seeing *Dr. Swigris for [number] years! National Jewish Health Patient– November, 2017 *Dr. Swigris was very easy to talk to and was compassionate and understanding. National Jewish Health Patient– November, 2017 He lifted my spirits & gave me more hope than I had had. #1. He's great!! National Jewish Health Patient– November, 2017 I recommend National Jewish to friends and family and many have gone upon my recommendation and are still going because of the excellent care they get. National Jewish Health Patient– October, 2017 I tell my friends and family all the time how much I love National Jewish, Dr. Swigris. National Jewish Health Patient– October, 2017 Jeff Swigris is the absolute best. Over the [number] years I have been seeing Jeff we have become very good friends. We have honest discussions about my condition and always share a few good laughs during our time together. Jeff and I also communicate by email and text between appointments when events require. He is a blessing. National Jewish Health Patient– October, 2017 I & my wife have felt great trust and confidence in *Dr. Swigris. National Jewish Health Patient– September, 2017 Dr. Swigris is the best MD I've ever had...warm, understanding, concerned, knowledgeable and totally focused on my concerns and health. He's the greatest! National Jewish Health Patient– September, 2017 Best doctor I've ever had!! National Jewish Health Patient– September, 2017 I was referred to National Jewish Health from [city] to have a complete evaluation on my [condition]. The experience at NJH was outstanding. National Jewish Health Patient– July, 2017 Dr. Swigris is #1 in my book. National Jewish Health Patient– June, 2017 Very good. National Jewish Health Patient– June, 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 Patient– June, 2017 *Dr. Swigris seems very concerned about how you are feeling. National Jewish Health Patient– May, 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 Patient– May, 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 Patient– March, 2017 He's just a great doctor! National Jewish Health Patient– February, 2017 Dr. Swigris is very kind and understanding and answers all questions. National Jewish Health Patient– February, 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 Patient– February, 2017 Dr. Swigris is a phenomenal physician. National Jewish Health Patient– January, 2017 Outstanding pulmonologist and outstanding, caring human being. National Jewish Health Patient– November, 2016 *Dr. Swigris is the best dr. ever! I recently had the pleasure of seeing nurse practitioner *K. Rosen. She is extremely thorough & follows the rough. National Jewish Health Patient– November, 2016 Dr. Swigris is an excellent doctor and a very caring individual. National Jewish Health Patient– November, 2016 Dr. Swigris has always spent a good amount of time discussing my health issues, next steps, test results, etc. He also patiently answers my (and my husband's) myriad questions! National Jewish Health Patient– November, 2016 Best Dr. I've had! National Jewish Health Patient– October, 2016 Dr Swigris is amazing. National Jewish Health Patient– October, 2016 Jeff is an incredible doctor and individual. I am convinced he cares deeply about my health, my family, and my quality of life. National Jewish Health Patient– October, 2016 Swigris is the top !!! National Jewish Health Patient– September, 2016 *Dr. Swigris is very knowledgeable, helpful, compassionate. National Jewish Health Patient– September, 2016 Most caring MD I've ever had!! National Jewish Health Patient– August, 2016 I adore *Dr.Swigris & I generally do not care for most medical doctors. National Jewish Health Patient– June, 2016 *Dr. Swigris is both knowledgeable and personable - Nat'l. Jewish needs more doctors like him! National Jewish Health Patient– June, 2016 This was my first visit and there was a lot of information to go through (What I brought) and new test results *Dr. Swigris could not possibly get through all in one visit. National Jewish Health Patient– June, 2016 Everyone was very helpful on my visit. National Jewish Health Patient– June, 2016 I couldn't ask for better care from this provider! National Jewish Health Patient– May, 2016 Good. National Jewish Health Patient– May, 2016 Jeff is the best doctor I have ever had at explaining my medical issues. He cares deeply about me and my family. He is my friend. National Jewish Health Patient– May, 2016 Very intelligent and caring physician. National Jewish Health Patient– May, 2016 I am so very blessed to have Dr. Swigris managing my health and care. National Jewish Health Patient– May, 2016 Only once did I have to wait too long to see Dr. Swigris. It was caused by a change in the "what room is empty" pattern information he had to go through. National Jewish Health Patient– May, 2016 *Dr. Swigris is very caring and is careful to ensure all questions are discussed to my satisfaction. National Jewish Health Patient– April, 2016 I have already recommended NJH to friends. National Jewish Health Patient– March, 2016 My visits with Dr. Swigris are always a great experience. He is knowledgeable, friendly, and takes the time to consider my questions and input. I have absolute trust in his judgment and care. National Jewish Health Patient– March, 2016 *Dr. Swigris; seriously has all these attributes. I so appreciate him! National Jewish Health Patient– February, 2016 *Jeff has my best interests as his focus - he has become a very close friend. National Jewish Health Patient– February, 2016 Dr Swigris is an excellent doctor and communicator. National Jewish Health Patient– January, 2016 I never feel like I am being rushed through appointment. National Jewish Health Patient– January, 2016 Dr. Swigris has the ability to discuss the issues with you in a way that is respectful and with great ease. He has the best bedside manner I have ever received.