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 2022 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 97 Patient Ratings 25 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 4.9 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 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– September, 2021 Very impressed with this [doctor]. National Jewish Health Patient– September, 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 Patient– September, 2021 *Dr. Serban is wonderful. National Jewish Health Patient– August, 2021 *Dr. Serban is excellent in listening to patient. She uses examples that help her patients understand their health problems easier. National Jewish Health Patient– July, 2021 Dr. Serban listened to my concerns and answered my questions when I had any. National Jewish Health Patient– July, 2021 [Comment about another doctor]. She is fantastic, I'm very impressed. National Jewish Health Patient– July, 2021 Dr. Serban is extremely knowledgeable and provides excellent care. National Jewish Health Patient– July, 2021 Dr. S is amazing - love her! National Jewish Health Patient– June, 2021 Dr. Serban is always concerned and very caring. I have the utmost confidence in her National Jewish Health Patient– June, 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. National Jewish Health Patient– June, 2021 I feel very comfortable with Dr. Serban and her level of expertise. show more National Jewish Health Patient– May, 2021 I've always had my Dr. be very good at explaining all my tests and the plan for my treatment. I would give her & them a A+. National Jewish Health Patient– May, 2021 care provider was excellent, however, follow up, promised scheduling for tests and promised prescriptions have not happened. National Jewish Health Patient– May, 2021 Dr. Serban is excellent! National Jewish Health Patient– April, 2021 I feel very comfortable with Dr. Serban and highly recommend her to others. She is knowledgeable, warm and willing to explain fully. National Jewish Health Patient– April, 2021 it was good and friendly National Jewish Health Patient– April, 2021 *Dr. Serban spent over an hour with me. She answered all my questions & concerns and explained the tests she was ordering. National Jewish Health Patient– March, 2021 I have always experienced completely professional & compassion & understanding of the problem by this provider. *Dr. Serban is tops in her field, I'm sure. National Jewish Health Patient– February, 2021 Its no wonder you are ranked the best Pulmonary Hospital in the country. I would definitely say *Dr. Serban is absolutely the best in the business - National Jewish Health Patient– January, 2021 *Dr. Serban went beyond my expectations. She has an extraordinary grasp of knowledge in [my condition] and the complexities in differentiating their effects on the lungs. I left feeling I had a plan and confidence that a doctor could help me and would continue to want to have me in their care. National Jewish Health Patient– January, 2021 *Dr. Serban is amazing, I wish we lived closer so we could see her for my regular pulmonology visits. National Jewish Health Patient– January, 2021 Excellent experience. 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.