Jeffrey Kern
Jeffrey Kern, MD, is a pulmonologist at National Jewish Health. Dr. Kern serves as Chief of the Division of Oncology, Cancer Center.
Chief, Division of Oncology, Cancer Center
Director, Lung Cancer Center
Vice Chair, Finance
Department of Medicine
Best Doctors in America® 2019-2020 — Best Doctors, Inc.
America’s Top Doctors 2020 — Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd.
Research AreasResearch Areas
  • Cancer
  • Cell Signaling
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Epithelial Cell Biology
  • Genomics
  • Inflammation
  • Lung Cancer Therapy
  • Lung Cell Biology

Special Interests

Research Interests

Dr. Kern is an expert in how cells in the lung grow, focusing on a family of proteins that regulate cell growth by transmitting signals outside the cell to the inside. These proteins play an important role in keeping a cell’s growth in check. When these proteins malfunction, abnormal growth ensues which can result in lung cancer. Dr. Kern’s research tries to understand how these protein signals are regulated, discover molecules that interfere with this process and might be used as chemotherapy, and discover new proteins regulating cell growth.


University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI), MD
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, BS
Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas, TX, Resident in Medicine
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, Fellow, Cardiovascular-Pulmonary Division

Awards & Recognition

2015: Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors, Inc.
2014-16: Best Doctors of Denver  by Denver Business Journal
2013-16: Best Doctor for Executives, ColoradoBiz
2011-2016: Top Doctor, US News and World Report (top 1%)
2011-2016: ”America’s Top Doctors”, Castle Connolly Medical LTD.
2011-2016: “America’s Top Doctors for Cancer”, Castle Connolly Medical LTD
2015: Newsweek “Top Cancer Doctors 2015”
2009-2016: “Best Doctors” in Pulmonary and Critical Care selected by Best Doctors, Boston, MA
2000-2010: Hubbell Chair in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
2000-2009: Virginia Hubbell Professor of Medicine
2000-2009: “Top Docs” selected by Northern Ohio Live and Cleveland Magazine
2006, 2007: “Top Physician” selected by the Consumer Research Council of America

Board Certification

American Board of Internal Medicine
ABIM, Pulmonary Subspecialty Certification

Professional Memberships

American Thoracic Society, Member
American College of Chest Physicians, Fellow
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Association of Cancer Research


View Dr. Kern's publications

Hospital Affiliations

  • Rose Medical Center
  • St. Joseph Hospital - Denver

Teaching & Professional Positions

2014-Present: Consultant, Denver VAMC, Denver, CO
2010-present: Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH
2010-present: Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, CO
2009-present: Chief, Oncology, Vice-Chair, Department of Medicine, National Jewish Health, Denver, CO
2009-present: Professor of Medicine, National Jewish Health, Denver, CO
2000-2009: Professor of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH
2000-2009: Chief, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
2000-2009: Section Chief, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Cleveland VAMC, Cleveland, OH

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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, 2020
We never feel rushed with *Dr. Kern. He is always thorough, caring, communicative and knowledgeable. He is like a ray of light when he walks in the room.

National Jewish Health PatientFebruary, 2020
We have a great doctor who is helping us get a good team in place with such a tough illness.

National Jewish Health PatientJanuary, 2020
It was the best Dr appoint I have every had. He spent almost an hour going through all of my scans and history to give me a better understanding of my situation. It was the only time I have met with a Dr where he didn't feel rushed or in a hurry. He showed he really cared and was willing to spend whatever amount of time it took.

National Jewish Health PatientJanuary, 2020
*Dr. Kern and his nurse are the best!

National Jewish Health PatientJune, 2019
Dr. Jeffery Kern is honest, compassionate, and has the best bed side manner I have seen in a long time. These are characteristics I look for and like in a doctor. Actually, all of the Doctors I have have these characteristics and I and my wife appreciate them very much.

National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2019
Dr. Kerns has always given me his time & expertise in a caring manner.

National Jewish Health PatientApril, 2019
Dr. Kern is everything a patient would desire in a physician. I trust him implicitly. Your wonderful hospital is fortunate to have him on staff.

National Jewish Health PatientJanuary, 2019
Excellent, extremely well qualified - Exactly what I expected. Totally impressed with knowledge, _____, bed-side manner... Took time to explain everything and answer all questions.