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 4.7 out of 5 stars 96 Patient Ratings 24 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. 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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– 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. show more 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. National Jewish Health Patient– June, 2019 again....Dr Serban is a class act the Best! National Jewish Health Patient– May, 2019 *Dr. Serban was excellent. Very concerned and knowledgeable about my breathing problems. National Jewish Health Patient– April, 2019 one of the best 1st experiences at National Jewish being a patient. [PHI]. National Jewish Health Patient– April, 2019 Having a bit of trouble filling this out....it was my initial visit, [PHI]. I liked Dr. Serbian very very much...good listener, good explainer and very calming manner. National Jewish Health Patient– April, 2019 #7. Condition is rare & complicated but she did very well. National Jewish Health Patient– January, 2019 My doctor explained the approach we will take on my problems [PHI]. National Jewish Health Patient– December, 2018 *Dr. Serban is one of, if not THE, best doctors I've had in my life! I'm truly blessed to be under her care! National Jewish Health Patient– December, 2018 *Dr. Serban is a wonderful, caring, communicative doctor.