Milene Saavedra
Milene Saavedra, MD, is a pulmonologist at National Jewish Health. Dr. Saavedra is in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine.
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
America’s Top Doctors 2019 — Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd.

Special Interests

Research Interests

Cystic Fibrosis, biomarkers of lung inflammation, adaptive immune responses in cystic fibrosis


University of Florida College of Medicine, MD
Washington University,

Awards & Recognition

2015: Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors, Inc.

Board Certification

Internal Medicine
Critical Care Medicine


Saavedra MT, Lynch DA. Emerging roles for CT imaging in cystic fibrosis. Radiology. 2009 Aug;252(2):327-9. Zander KA, Saavedra MT, West J, Scapa V, Sanders L, Kingdom TT. Protein microarray analysis of nasal polyps from aspirin-sensitive and aspirin-tolerant patients with chronic rhinosinusitis. Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2009 May-Jun; 23(3):268-72.

Saavedra MT, Hughes GD, Sanders L, Carr M, Rodman DM, Coldren C, Accurso FJ, West J, Nick JA. Circulating RNA transcripts characterize therapeutic response in Cystic Fibrosis lung disease Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med. 2008; 2008 Nov 1.

Fulcher ML, Gabriel SE, Olsen JC, Tatreau JR, Gentzsch M, Livanos E, Saavedra MT, Salmon P, Randell SH, Novel human bronchial epithelial line for cystic fibrosis research, Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2008 Oct 31.

Nold MF, Nold-Petry CA, Pott GB, Zepp JA, Saavedra MT, Kim SH, Dinarello, CA. Endogenous IL-32 controls cytokine and HIV-1 production. J Imm. 2008 Jul l;181(1):557-65.

Hospital Affiliations

  • St. Joseph Hospital - Denver
  • University of Colorado Hospital

Academic Affiliations

Affiliate Faculty, University of Colorado Denver, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care

Teaching & Professional Positions

Associate Director, Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center 

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Contact Information

  • Office: 877.225.5654
  • Fax: 303.270.2257



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

  • Saint Joseph Hospital
    1835 Franklin Street Denver, CO 80218

Patient Ratings

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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


Spoke using clear language

Provider explained things clearly

Amount of time spent with you

Provider included you in decisions

Confidence in your doctor

Likelihood of recommending this provider


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 PatientJune, 2019
Doctor could NOT have been better! She is everything you want a doctor to be.

National Jewish Health PatientApril, 2019
By the time the care provider came in, I was ready to be out of there! She is so kind but she had an additional patient that evening!

National Jewish Health PatientJanuary, 2019
I am 100% confident in Dr. S's care and knowledge. She is an incredible doctor.

National Jewish Health PatientJune, 2018
I think *Dr. Saavedra is great! The best of doctor I've ever been to!

National Jewish Health PatientJune, 2018
All the _____ doctors I have met exceeded my expectations, as well as level of care.

National Jewish Health PatientMarch, 2018
she's the best, hands down.

National Jewish Health PatientJanuary, 2018
*Dr. Saavedra is always my go to CF doc! She always knows my baseline and is thorough, timely, and truly cares when there is a problem.

National Jewish Health PatientNovember, 2017
Dr. MILENE SAAVEDRA is the hands down the best doctor I've ever had over my lifetime. She is not only friendly but provides advice and recommendations that I always trust. I trust her with my life and I truly believe this team at National Jewish is one reason I'm still alive today. Dr. Saavedra has a big heart and it's easy to see that she cares so much about her patients. The empathy she shows is beyond any person (let alone doctor) I have ever met. If there were more people like her, this world would be a better place. I hope I never have to see another doctor during my lifetime because they wouldn't fill her shoes.

National Jewish Health PatientOctober, 2016
*Dr. Milene is the absolute BEST.

National Jewish Health PatientFebruary, 2016
*Dr. Saavedra only treats CF pts. so I would recommend her to other CF pts. -