Jennifer L. Taylor-Cousar, MD, MSCS

Jennifer L. Taylor-Cousar
Jennifer L. Taylor-Cousar, MD, is a pediatric and adult pulmonologist at National Jewish Health. Dr. Taylor-Cousar sees pediatric and adult pulmonary patients.
Medical Director, Clinical Research Services
Co-Director, Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program
Director, Cystic Fibrosis Therapeutics Development Center Adult Program
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
Department of Medicine
Division of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine
Department of Pediatrics
5280 Top Doctors 2021 (1st year)
Best Doctors in America® 2019-2020 — Best Doctors, Inc.

Special Interests

Research Interests

Cystic Fibrosis, innate immunity, CFTR function, clinical research


Duke University Medical Center (Durham, NC), MD
Stanford University (Stanford, CA), BA, Human Biology
Duke University Medical Center, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Duke University Medical Center, Adult and Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine

Awards & Recognition

2020: American Society for Clinical Investigation, Elected Member
2018: ATS Fellow, Inaugural Class, American Thoracic Society, New York, NY
2017: Founder's Award, United States Adult Cystic Fibrosis Association, Indianapolis, IN
2016: Physician of the Year, Colorado Society for Respiratory Care, Denver, CO
2015: Science Transforming Life Award, National Jewish Health, Denver, CO
2014: Viola Vestal Coulter Research Fellow Award
2009: Cystic Fibrosis Research Institute Professional of the Year Award
2009: Selected participant, AAMC Early Career in Medicine Early Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar
2008: Clinical Trials Center New Investigator of the Year Award
2006: Duke University Pulmonary Fellowship Scientific Achievement Award
2005: 2nd Place, Fellows’ Clinical Research Presentations, Respiratory Disease Young Investigators Forum
2003: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Clinical Fellowship

Board Certification

11/2008: ABP, Subspecialty in Pediatric Pulmonary
10/2006: ABIM, Subspecialty in Pulmonary Disease
8/2004: American Board of Internal Medicine
8/2002: American Board of Pediatrics

Professional Memberships

Member, American Thoracic Society
European Cystic Fibrosis Society


Heijerman HGM, * McKone EF*, Downey DG, Braeckel E,Rowe SM, Tullis E. Mall M, Welter JJ, Ramsey BW, McKee CM, Marigowda G, Moskowitz SM, Waltz D, Sosnay PR, Simard C, Ahluwalia N, Xuan F, Zhang Y, Taylor-Cousar JL*, and McCoy K* on behalf of the VX17-445-103 Trial Group. Efficacy and safety of the elexacaftor/tezacaftor/ivacaftor combination regimen in people with cystic fibrosis homozygous for theF508delmutation: a double-blind, randomised, phase 3 trial.*equal contributions Lancet. 2019 Oct 30. pii: S0140-6736(19)32597-8. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(19)32597-8. PMID: 31679946

Middleton PG*, Mall MA*, Drevinek P, Lands LC, McKone EF, Polineni D, Ramsey BW,Taylor-Cousar JL, Tullis E, Vermeulen F, Marigowda G, McKee CM, Moskowitz SM, Nair N, Savage J, Simard C, Tian S, Waltz D, Xuan F, Rowe SM** and Jain R** for the VX17-445-102 Study Group. Elexacaftor-Tezacaftor-Ivacaftor for CF with a Single Phe508del Mutation.New Eng J Med. 2019. Epub ahead of print

Downey DG andTaylor-Cousar JL. Challenges and opportunities in the development of future CFTR modulator options for people with CFPMID: 31672556

Keating D, Sass L Burr L, Daines C, Rowe S, Savage J, Simard C, Xuan F, Van Goor F, Robertson S, McKee C, Waltz D, Marigowda G, and Taylor-Cousar JL (corresponding author). VX-445 in Combination with Tezacaftor-Ivacaftor in Phe508del Homozygous and Heterozygous Patients with Cystic Fibrosis. N Engl J Med 2018; 379:1612-1620 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1807120 PMID: 30334692

Davies JC, Moskowitz SM, Brown C, Horsley A, Mall MA, McKone E, Plant B, Paris D, Ramsey B, Taylor-Cousar JL, Tullis E, Uluer A, McKee CM, Robertson S, Shilling RA, Simard C, Van Goor F, Waltz D, Xuan F, Young T, Rowe SM. Triple Combination of VX-659/Tezacaftor/Ivacaftor in Patients With Cystic Fibrosis and One or Two F508del-CFTR Alleles. N Engl J Med 2018 Oct 25;379(17):1599-1611. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1807119 PMID: 303334693

Hospital Affiliations

  • Children's Hospital Colorado
  • St. Joseph Hospital - Denver
  • University of Colorado Hospital

Academic Affiliations

2009-Present: Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics, Pulmonary Division, University of Colorado Denver.

Teaching & Professional Positions

2012: Board Member, Colorado CFF Chapter
5/2009-Present: American Thoracic Society
2010: Clinical Problems Program Committee

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.

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Contact Information

  • Office: 877.225.5654



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

  • Saint Joseph Hospital
    1835 Franklin Street Denver, CO 80218

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National Jewish Health PatientDecember, 2020
Excellent visit. Dr. Taylor-Cousar is amazing!! She was attentive to my questions and explained treatment issues clearly.

National Jewish Health PatientDecember, 2020
*Dr. J. Taylor-Cousar is a good listener, clearly takes good notes and references them on subsequent visits. I LOVE this about her!

National Jewish Health PatientAugust, 2020
I can't say enough about how much I appreciate Dr. Taylor-Cousar! Even though she has a lot of patients when we talk I never have to remind her of things specific to me, she takes time to review my files ahead of time so that all our time can be spent on where am I now and what will we do for the future. I love that she knows personal things about me and asks about my husband by name. She is a true blessing to me!

National Jewish Health PatientAugust, 2020
Dr. Taylor-Cougar is an excellent physician, and I have the utmost confidence in her.

National Jewish Health PatientJune, 2020
I can't say enough about Dr. Taylor-Cougar. she is supremely empathic, engages me in evidence-based shared decision making, and is an exemplar human. I feel absolutely honored to be her patient. I don't know what I'd do without her!

National Jewish Health PatientJune, 2020
Dr. Taylor-Cousar is the BEST physician I have ever had in my life. She is brilliant and listened to my concerns. She addressed the issues I had and provided solutions.

National Jewish Health PatientJanuary, 2020
Very smart, kind, caring and compassionate physician.

National Jewish Health PatientSeptember, 2019