Karina A. Serban, MD Make an Appointment Ask a Question Refer Patient Karina A. Serban, MD, is a pulmonologist at National Jewish Health. Dr. Serban is in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. Assistant Professor Department of Medicine Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine 5280 Top Doctors 2020 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 Patient Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars 111 Patient Ratings 29 Patient Comments Overview Contact Info & Locations Patient Ratings & Comments Programs & Services Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Program Bronchiectasis Treatment Program COPD Program Department of Medicine Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine (Adult) Specialties & Conditions Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Overview Chronic Bronchitis Chronic Cough Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Combined pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema Research Areas Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Overview Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Special Interests Clinical interests chronic obstructive airway diseases (e.g. emphysema, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, combined pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema) and chronic cough Research interests I conduct basic and translational research focused on the cross talk between inflammation and immune responses in emphysema and alpha-1 anti-trypsin deficiency. I specifically look at the anti-inflammatory and immuno-modulatory role of alpha-1 antitrypsin on macrophages functions and endothelial cell-monocyte interactions. Education Education Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy (Bucharest, Romania), M.D. Residency Marius Nasta National Institute of Pulmonology (Bucharest, Romania) , Pulmonary Medicine The Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science (North Chicago, IL) , Internal Medicine Fellowship Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis / Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care, and Occupational Medicine (Indianapolis, IN) , Pulmonary and Critical Care Board Certification 10/2013: ABIM Critical Care Medicine Certification Examination 11/2012: ABIM Pulmonary Medicine Certification Examination 8/2010: ABIM Internal Medicine Certification Examination Professional Memberships American Thoracic Society Publications Lockett AD, Petrusca DN, Justice MJ, Poirier C, Serban KA, Rush NI, Kamocka M, Predescu DN, Predescu SA, Petrache I. Scavenger Receptor Class B, Type 1 mediated uptake of Alpha-1 antitrypsin by pulmonary endothelial cells, Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2015 Jun 19, [Epub ahead of print], PMID: 26092999 McCaslin CA, Petrusca DN, Poirier C, Serban KA, Anderson GG, Petrache I, Impact of alginate-producing Pseudomonas aeruginosa on alveolar macrophage apoptotic cell clearance, J Cyst Fibros. 2015 Jan; 14(1):70-7, PMID: 25027418 Lockett AD, Brown MB, Santos-Falcon N, Rush NI, Oueini H, Oberle AJ, Bolanis E, Fragoso MA, Petrusca DN, Serban KA, Schweitzer KS, Presson RG Jr, Campos M, Petrache I. Active trafficking of alpha 1 antitrypsin across the lung endothelium, PLoS One. 2014 Apr 17; 9(4), PMID: 24743137. I Petrache, KA Serban, Emphysema. Pathobiology of Human Disease, a dynamic encyclopedia of disease mechanism, Elsevier Publishing group, online August, 2014 A Lockett, M Van Demark, Y Gu, K S. Schweitzer, N Sigua, K Kamocki, I Fijalkowska, J Garrison, A Fisher, K Serban, R A. Wise, T Flotte, R G. Presson, H I. Petrache, R M Tuder, I Petrache, Effect of cigarette smoke exposure and structural modifications on the alpha-1 antitrypsin interaction with caspases, Mol. Med, Jan 2012, PMID: 22245800 Hospital Affiliations Rose Medical CenterSt. Joseph Hospital - DenverSwedish Medical Center Website Information Petrache Lab Languages English 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. Ask a Question through Patient Portal Sign in to your My National Jewish Health patient portal account to communicate with your care team, manage appointments, and more. Create an Account Contact Information Office: 877.225.5654 Locations National Jewish Health Main Campus 1400 Jackson St. Denver, CO 80206 Patient Ratings The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to care provider related questions on our independent rating system, the Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. This survey is about the patient care experience and does not address crucial characteristics like medical decision-making, prescribing the best therapy, and patient outcomes. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best score. Learn more about our patient satisfaction survey. Provider showed concern 4.9 Friendliness 4.9 Spoke using clear language 4.8 Provider explained things clearly 4.9 Amount of time spent with you 4.8 Provider included you in decisions 4.8 Confidence in your doctor 4.9 Likelihood of recommending this provider 4.8 Comments Comments are collected in our Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Surveys. Patients are de-identified to protect confidentiality and patient privacy. Learn more about our patient satisfaction survey. National Jewish Health Patient– December, 2020 Dr. Serban is excellent. National Jewish Health Patient– December, 2020 *Dr. Serban is outstanding! National Jewish Health Patient– December, 2020 I am not sure I've ever met a better medical professional than *Dr. Serban. I feel so thankful and blessed to be her patient. She is incredible. National Jewish Health Patient– November, 2020 My time as spent with *Doctor Serban - she is a wonderful doctor. National Jewish Health Patient– November, 2020 Overall very good experience. National Jewish Health Patient– October, 2020 I learned things about my [PHI] I didn't know after all these years she is great at explaining everything National Jewish Health Patient– October, 2020 First time seeing *Dr. Serban I was a little anxious [reference to another provider] - She was fantastic!!! National Jewish Health Patient– September, 2020 Dr Serban is an excellent doctor, very bright, very concerned with you as a patient, compassionate and kind. She is the best. National Jewish Health Patient– August, 2020 I am very pleased with Dr. Serban. National Jewish Health Patient– August, 2020 *Dr. Serban was excellent! She exceeded the appointment time to ensure I understood everything. She also called me personally with my test results. National Jewish Health Patient– August, 2020 *Dr. Serban is awesome! She is informed, never makes me feel rushed. I'm from [PHI] but feel I can contact her any time. I am grateful for doctors like *Dr. Serban. show more National Jewish Health Patient– July, 2020 I've had many medical providers rendering care for me over scores of years, and Dr. Serban is without question, one of the best I've ever had! National Jewish Health Patient– July, 2020 Again, the appointment went well. Dr Serban is full of knowledge and compassionate. National Jewish Health Patient– June, 2020 Dr. Serban has exceeded all expectations I've ever had for a care provider. National Jewish Health Patient– June, 2020 This was my first appointment with Dr. Serban; my second visit to National Jewish Health Hospital. National Jewish Health Patient– June, 2020 I am relatively new to lung problems and was referred to Dr. Karina Serban the middle of last year. I am terribly impressed with her knowledge, and with her care and concern for helping me. National Jewish Health Patient– June, 2020 She was excellent, patient and thorough explained things and scheduled several tests to give her a clearer picture of exactly where I am so she could work up a beneficial treatment. National Jewish Health Patient– May, 2020 I feel very confident in DR. Serban. National Jewish Health Patient– May, 2020 Dr Serban is an exceptional physician. She is always knowledgeable, intelligent and compassionate. National Jewish Health Patient– April, 2020 *Dr. Serban is wonderful dr. She is always very easy to understand what her plans are to do with my care. National Jewish Health Patient– April, 2020 We were very pleased with the amount of time seen and care provided. National Jewish Health Patient– March, 2020 I and the world can only hope that all of your doctors and staff have the compassion, courtesy, calmness, and care that Dr Karina Serban does. National Jewish Health Patient– February, 2020 very impressed with Dr Serban. thorough explanation and discussion of treatment and tests. National Jewish Health Patient– February, 2020 Dr. Serban is a very caring professional. National Jewish Health Patient– February, 2020 Overall - very good experience and education on my condition from doctors and staff. National Jewish Health Patient– January, 2020 I need an excellent catagory. Exceptional care. National Jewish Health Patient– August, 2019 I liked Karina Serban. I am pleased she took me on. National Jewish Health Patient– August, 2019 I saw Karina Serban. [unrelated] My fiancé and I attended my appointment with Serban. [unrelated] When she finally came in the room, her attitude filled the room with negativity. [PHI] Her attitude towards myself and my fiancé was deplorable and surprising since our first visit with her was so different from this one. [PHI] loved my first appointment with Serban, this second appointment was by far the worst dr experience ever! National Jewish Health Patient– June, 2019 Dr. Serban is wonderful. She is both extraordinarily knowledgeable and empathetic. She has made a huge difference in my health and in my understanding and ability to manage it.