Jeffrey Kern, MD Make an Appointment Ask a Question Refer Patient Jeffrey Kern, MD, is a board certified pulmonologist and specialist in lung cancer at National Jewish Health in Denver, CO. 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 Professor Department of Medicine Castle Connolly & 5280 Top Doctors 2023 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 Overview Contact Info & Locations Patient Ratings & Comments Programs & Services Cancer Care Department of Medicine Division of Oncology Lung Cancer Center Lung Cancer Screening CT Program Specialties & Conditions Lung Cancer Lung Nodules Research Areas Cancer Cell Signaling Cellular and Molecular Biology Epithelial Cell Biology Genomics Inflammation Lung Cancer Therapy Lung Cell Biology Related Clinical Trials Blood Test to Help Identify Cancer Lung Cancer & COVID Infection Skin Reactions to Cancer Immunotherapy 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. See More View Publications News & Videos National Jewish Health and SCL Health Honored for Excellence in the Care and Treatment of Lung Cance Education Education 1975 - 1979 University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI), MD 1971 - 1975 University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, BS Residency 1979 - 1982 Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas, TX, Resident in Medicine Fellowship 1982 - 1984 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 Publications View Dr. Kern's publications Hospital Affiliations Rose Medical CenterSt. 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 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. 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