Rafeul Alam
Chief, Division of Allergy & Clinical Immunology
Veda H. and Chauncey H. Ritter Chair in Immunology
Department of Medicine
Division of Allergy & Clinical Immunology
Best Doctors in America® 2017-2018 — Best Doctors, Inc.
Rafeul Alam, MD, is an allergist and immunologist at National Jewish Health. Dr. Alam serves as Chief of the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

Special Interests

  1. Basic Science Research: The major research interest of the laboratory is signal transduction mechanism of eosinophils and T cells, and signaling mechanism of asthma.
  2. Translational/Clinical Research: The major interests are the signaling abnormalities of asthma and airway allergic diseases.


Lodz Medical School (Lodz, Poland), MD
Lodz Medical School (Lodz, Poland), Internal Medicine
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Allergy-Immunology

Awards & Recognition

2014: Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors, Inc.
2000-2004: Elected member, American Society for Clinical Investigation AITR Study Section Member
Veda and Chauncey Ritter Chair in Immunology, National Jewish Health
Ad hoc Study Section Member: ALY, IMS

Board Certification

American Board of Internal Medicine
American Board of Allergy and Immunology

Professional Memberships

2012-Present: Association of American Physicians
1997-Present: American Society for Clinical Investigation
1993-Present: Southern Society for Clinical Investigation
1992-Present: American College of Physicians
1990-Present: Greater Houston Allergy Society
1990-Present: Texas Allergy Society
1990-Present: Texas Medical Association
1990-Present: Galveston County Medical Society
1989-Present: American Thoracic Society
1989-Present: American Association of Immunologists
1988-Present: American Academy of Allergy and Immunology
1986-Present: Sigma Xi
1986-Present: American College of Allergists


Christianson CA, Goplen NP, Zafar I, Good JT Jr, Rollins DR, Gorentla B, Liu W, Gorska MM, Chu H, Martin RJ, Alam R. Persistence of asthma requires multiple feedback circuits involving type 2 innate lymphoid cells and IL-33. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2015 Jan 21. pii: S0091-6749(14)01740-0.

Alam R. Obesity and asthma-is there a causal association? Immunol Allergy Clin North Am. 2014 Nov;34(4):xi-xii.

Schulten V, Tripple V, Sidney J, Greenbaum J, Frazier A, Alam R, Broide D, Peters B, Sette A. Association between specific timothy grass antigens and changes in TH1 – and TH2-cell responses following specific immunotherapy. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2014 Nov; 134(5):1076-83.

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Academic Affiliations

University of Colorado Denver - Program B Fellowship Program

Website Information

Alam Laboratory

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National Jewish Health PatientJune, 2018
Dr. Alam and his team were, as said earlier, top flight! I travelled all the way from [place} to be at National Jewish Hospital (and without insurance!) and found the experience to be well worth the time, effort and expense!

National Jewish Health PatientJune, 2018
Dr. Alam takes the time to explain any and all instructions to me.

National Jewish Health PatientNovember, 2017
I respect Dr. Alam tremendously.

National Jewish Health PatientOctober, 2017
*Dr. Alam is outstanding in all categories. I have complete confidence in him.

National Jewish Health PatientSeptember, 2017
Dr. Alam is an excellent clinician/diagnostician: he listens, understands and provides excellent treatment plans.

National Jewish Health PatientJuly, 2017
Care provider ran out of time for the visit so we did not fully cover all the information that would have been ideal to cover.

National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2017
Dr. Alan is wonderful.

National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2017

National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2017
I have great confidence in Dr. Alamn.

National Jewish Health PatientApril, 2017
Because of a chronic and complex illness, I have seen close to 4 dozen doctors in the past years, most too overwhelmed by the breadth of my symptoms, and dismissing me. Of those, Dr. Alam holds first place with only one other doctor I've seen in that time. Meaning, he is an exemplary physician, not only in his knowledge and understanding, but also in his persona, social interaction, sense of humor, and basically treating me like Im actually an intelligent human being who has relevant knowledge! Thank you! He actually suggested something that NO OTHER doctor has even considered - that my severe [Condition] symptoms be related to continually more severe [Condition], and now I will be seeing a [DOCTOR], someone I probably should have seen years ago considering I have so many [Condition]hormone issues! I am grateful, and to be honest, I have gotten teary eyed on more than one occasion thinking about how lucky I was to be able to see Dr. Alam for my [Condition]. Perhaps some of us chronically ill patients, who continue striving and hoping with no real treatment or hope in sight, do eventually get to who they need to see. At least I was one! Thank you thank you thank you!

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