JoAnn Zell
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
Division of Rheumatology
Specialties and ConditionsSpecialties & Conditions
Research AreasResearch Areas
  • Autoimmunity/Rheumatology
  • Lupus and Pregnancy

Additional Information

Dr. JoAnn Zell sees general rheumatology patients with a particular interest in those with systemic lupus erythematosus. She currently participates in clinical and health outcomes research and examines patient access to care and issues surrounding pregnancy and systemic lupus. She participates in medical school teaching at the University of Colorado and also works with trainees in rheumatology.
Dr. Zell received her medical school degree from Northwestern University in Chicago and trained in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology at the University of California in San Francisco. She has received a medical student teaching award from the University of Colorado.


Northwestern Medical School, MD
University of Michigan,
University of California, San Francisco, Internal Medicine
University of California, San Francisco, Rheumatology

Board Certification

American Board of Internal Medicine American Board of Rheumatology

Professional Memberships

American College of Rheumatology
American College of Physicians


Gillis JZ, Panopalis P, Schmajuk G, Ramsey-Goldman R. Quality Indicators for Pregnancy and Reproductive health in systemic lupus erythematosus. Arthritis Care Res 02 Aug 2010 Arth Care and Research Jan 2011. PMID 20734353.

Yazdany, J, Trupin, L, Kaiser, R, Schmajuk, G, Gillis, JZ, Chakravarty.E, Schwartz, B. Contraceptive counseling and use among women with systemic lupus erythematosus. A gap in heath care quality?. Arth Care Res. Nov 15 2010. PMID 20391487.

Yazdany J, Tonner C, Trupin L, Panopalis P, Gillis JZ, Hersh AO, Julian LJ, Katz PP, Criswell LA, Yelin EH.  Provision of preventative health care in systemic lupus erythematosus: data from a large observational cohort study.  Arthritis Res Ther. 2010;12 (3):R84 Epub 2010 May 12 PMID 20462444.

Panopalis P, Gillis JZ, Yazdany J, Trupin L, Hersh A, Julian L, Criswell LA, Katz P, Yelin E.  Frequent use of the Emergency Department by Persons with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2010  Mar;62(3):401-8. PMID:20391487.

Fischer, A, Swigris,J, Du Bois, R, Lynch, D, Downey, G, Cosgrove, G, Frankel, S, Gillis, JZ, Fernandez, Perez, E,  Brown, K.Anti-synthetase syndrome in ANA and anti Jo-1 negative patients presenting with interstitial pneumonia.  Resp Med. Nov 103(11) 1719-24. 2009. PMID 19497723.

Hospital Affiliations

  • Denver Health Medical Center

Academic Affiliations

Clinical Instructor, University of Colorado Denver

Contact Information

  • Office: 877.225.5654



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

Patient Ratings

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Explanation of problem/condition

Shows concerns for your questions

Includes you in decisions

Spoke using clear language

Amount of time spent with you

Confidence in your doctor


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National Jewish Health PatientFebruary, 2016
*Dr. Joann Zell was most professional, empathetic, efficient... A+ overall.

National Jewish Health PatientFebruary, 2016
I am continually impressed with Dr.Zell. She is incredibly friendly and courteous. I always appreciate how much information she provides during our appointments. I appreciate how she explains all of my lab results in a way that is easy to understand. She is one of very few doctors who go out of their way to make sure their patients feel cared for, respected, and heard. I have recommended Dr. Zell to many friends and colleagues. She is an exceptional doctor, in every sense of the word.