Jerry A. Nick
Jerry A. Nick, MD, is a pulmonologist at National Jewish Health. Dr. Nick is in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine.
Director, Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program
Rebecca Runyon Bryan Chair in Cystic Fibrosis
Department of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
Best Doctors in America® 2019-2020 — Best Doctors, Inc.

Special Interests

Research Interets

Pulmonary inflammation, host response to Pseudomonas aeruginosa and nontuberculous mycobacteria.


University of Washington School of Medicine (Seattle, WA), MD
Washington State University (Pullman, WA), BS, Biochemistry, Summa Cum Laude
University of Washington (Seattle, WA), Internal Medicine
University of Colorado Denver, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Awards & Recognition

2014: Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors, Inc.

Board Certification

1992, 2002: American Board of Internal Medicine
1997, 2007: ABIM- Critical Care
1996, 2005: ABIM- Pulmonary


Parks QM, Young RL, Poch KR, Malcolm KC, Vasil ML, Nick JA. Neutrophil enhancement of Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm development: human F-actin and DNA as targets for therapy. J Med Microbiol. 2009 Apr;58(Pt 4):492-502.

Saavedra MT, Hughes GJ, Sanders LA, Carr M, Rodman DM, Coldren CD, Geraci MW, Sagel SD, Accurso FJ, West J, Nick JA. Circulating RNA transcripts identify therapeutic response in cystic fibrosis lung disease. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2008 Nov 1;178(9):929-38.

Smoak K, Madenspacher J, Jeyaseelan S, Williams B, Dixon D, Poch KR, Nick JA, Worthen GS, Fessler MB. Effects of liver X receptor agonist treatment on pulmonary inflammation and host defense. J Immunol. 2008 Mar 1;180(5):3305-12.

Saavedra MT, Patterson AD, West J, Randell SH, Riches DW, Malcolm KC, Cool CD, Nick JA, Dinarello CA. Abrogation of anti-inflammatory transcription factor LKLF in neutrophil-dominated airways. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2008 Jun;38(6):679-88.

Silva E, Arcaroli J, He Q, Svetkauskaite D, Coldren C, Nick JA, Poch K, Park JS, Banerjee A, Abraham E. HMGB1 and LPS induce distinct patterns of gene expression and activation in neutrophils from patients with sepsis-induced acute lung injury. Intensive Care Med. 2007 Oct;33(10):1829-39.

Hospital Affiliations

  • St. Joseph Hospital - Denver
  • University of Colorado Hospital

Academic Affiliations

2011-present: Professor, Division of Pulmonary Science and Critical Care Medicine, University of Colorado Denver

Teaching & Professional Positions

2008-Present: Rebecca Runyon Bryan Chair in Cystic Fibrosis
2005-Present: Director, University of Colorado Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program

Conflicts of Interest

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Contact Information

  • Office: 877.225.5654
  • Fax: 303.270.2257

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National Jewish Health PatientNovember, 2022
Top notch providers, always good communication of advice and protocol.

National Jewish Health PatientSeptember, 2022
Dr. Nick is the best - always thoughtful and coming up with a great treatment plan no matter how difficult the problem. That is why I fly to Denver from Atlanta to see him.

National Jewish Health PatientSeptember, 2022
Dr. Nick was great; he asked good questions, was kind, attentive, and very knowledgable.

National Jewish Health PatientSeptember, 2022
I appreciated my care providers recommendation & explanation & also respecting my request to think about the plan of action & process what had been said.

National Jewish Health PatientMarch, 2022
I waited a decent amount of time past my appointment time. After about 15 minutes with the doctor, a nurse tapped on the door to tell him that he was running late and needed to get to the next patient. This was frustrating considering he was late to me and my appointment was cut short to get to the next person.