Karina A. Serban
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

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 Center
  • St. Joseph Hospital - Denver
  • Swedish Medical Center

Website Information

Petrache Lab

Languages

English

Conflicts of Interest

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Contact Information

  • Office: 877.225.5654

 

Locations

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

Patient Ratings

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Provider showed concern
4.9

Friendliness
5

Spoke using clear language
5

Provider explained things clearly
4.9

Amount of time spent with you
4.9

Provider included you in decisions
4.9

Confidence in your doctor
4.9

Likelihood of recommending this provider
4.9
 

Comments

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National Jewish Health PatientSeptember, 2021
Very impressed with this [doctor].

National Jewish Health PatientSeptember, 2021
Was pleased, impressed and appreciative of my discussion with *Dr. Serban - very knowledgeable in her field of expertise yet was able to relay that knowledge to me in an understandable manner - WOW!

National Jewish Health PatientSeptember, 2021
*Dr. Serban is wonderful.

National Jewish Health PatientAugust, 2021
*Dr. Serban is excellent in listening to patient. She uses examples that help her patients understand their health problems easier.

National Jewish Health PatientJuly, 2021
Dr. Serban listened to my concerns and answered my questions when I had any.

National Jewish Health PatientJuly, 2021
[Comment about another doctor]. She is fantastic, I'm very impressed.

National Jewish Health PatientJuly, 2021
Dr. Serban is extremely knowledgeable and provides excellent care.

National Jewish Health PatientJuly, 2021
Dr. S is amazing - love her!

National Jewish Health PatientJune, 2021
Dr. Serban is always concerned and very caring. I have the utmost confidence in her

National Jewish Health PatientJune, 2021
*Dr. Serban is excellent in communicating & she happily attended to the problem we had getting test results that day. I could not wish for a better dr.

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