Kanao Otsu
Kanao Otsu, MD, is an allergist and immunologist at National Jewish Health. Dr. Otsu is in the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Division of Allergy & Clinical Immunology


Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, MPH
Medical School for International Health, Ben Gurion University of Negev in Collaboration with Columbia University Health Sciences, MD
University of Massachusetts, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
University of Colorado Denver/National Jewish Health, Asthma, Allergy and Immunology, Research
University of Colorado Denver/ National Jewish Health, Asthma, Allergy and Immunology

Board Certification

American Board of Pediatrics
American Board of Allergy and Immunology

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology
American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology
American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow (FAAP)


Otsu K, Wang Q, Guo R, Dreskin SC. Epitope analysis of Ara h 2 and Ara h 6: characteristic patterns of IgE-binding fingerprints among individuals with similar clinical histories. Clin Exp Allergy. 2015; (45) 471-484.

Otsu K and Fleischer DM. Desensitization to Foods: present state of the art. Curr Allergy Asthma Rep. 2012; 12(1): 48-54.

Otsu K and Dreskin SC. Peanut Allergy An evolving challenge. Discov Med. 2011; 12(65):319-28.

Sheehan WJ, Rangsithienchai PA, Muilenberg ML, Rogers CA, Lane JP, Ghaemghami J, Rivard DV, Otsu K, Hoffman EB, Israel E, Gold DR, Phipatanakul W. Mouse Allergens in Urban Elementary Schools and Homes of Children with Asthma. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2009 February; 102(2): 125-130.

Otsu K and Phipatanakul W. Review of Belda J et al. Anti-inflammatory Effects of High-Dose Inhaled Fluticasone Versus Oral Prednisone in Asthma Exacerbations. Pediatrics Vol. 122 Supplement November 2008 pp. S215-S216.

Academic Affiliations

Faculty Affiliate at University of Colorado Denver

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  • Office: 877.225.5654



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

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National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2021
before truly knowing my background or seeing any test results I was told i prob could not be helped

National Jewish Health PatientMarch, 2021
Dr. Otsu is fantastic, I didn't have a lot that I needed to talk with her about so it was a quick annual visit

National Jewish Health PatientFebruary, 2021
*Dr. Otsu was incredibly short and it appeared that I was annoying her to have my appointment. Didn't answer any questions, look at resources, or thoroughly listen to my lungs. Terrible experience.

National Jewish Health PatientFebruary, 2021
Thank you Dr. Otsu and the rest of the National Jewish Staff! You are kind, thorough, and I so appreciate your help and your care!

National Jewish Health PatientFebruary, 2021
One of the best experiences i have had with any medical professional.

National Jewish Health PatientJanuary, 2021
I had lots of questions [protected health information]. Dr. Otsu answered them all clearly and patiently.

National Jewish Health PatientJanuary, 2021
*Dr. Otsu always listens to my concerns & answers my questions without making me feel rushed or hurried. I especially value her approach given current healthcare models that push practices to see as many patients as possible in a day.

National Jewish Health PatientJuly, 2020
I am so thankful I have Dr. Otsu helping me. Her ability to diagnose and test what has been happening to me has really improved my life.

National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2020
She seemed rushed during this visit. She didn't have much additional to offer but then again there's not much more to offer with my condition.

National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2020
Explain in great details.

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