Stephen K. Frankel, MD, FCCM, FCCP

Stephen K. Frankel
Chief Medical Officer
Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
Department of Medicine
Previously a 5280 Top Doctor (8 years)
Best Doctors in America® 2017-2018 — Best Doctors, Inc.
Stephen K. Frankel, MD, is a pulmonologist at National Jewish Health. Dr. Frankel serves as the Chief Medical Officer.

Special Interests

Dr. Frankel is Chief Medical Officer for National Jewish Health, and in this capacity oversees the delivery of clinical services at all locations where National Jewish delivers care. As such, Dr. Frankel’s primary focus is how to provide our patients with the highest quality, patient-centered care anywhere, reliably, efficiently, and consistent with the “National Jewish way.” He is committed to making sure our patients received both evidence-based best practice and individualized, precision medicine. Dr. Frankel works closely with all of our care partners and inpatient facilities to assure that our patients are cared for throughout the entire continuum of care, both inpatient and outpatient, and that careful attention is paid to the transitions between these domains and care coordination. Ultimately, Dr. Frankel’s core mission is making sure we meet the care needs of our patients and our community.

Academically, Dr. Frankel is a nationally-recognized expert in interstitial lung diseases and vasculitis, and he is an integral part of the National Jewish Interstitial Lung Disease Program. Over the course of his career he has been involved in basic science, translational and clinical research in both interstitial lung disease and critical care medicine. Presently, his primary academic focus is on health service delivery, continuous quality improvement, and health care policy.

Education

Education
Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, MD
Harvard College, Harvard University, BA, Biology
Residency
Beth Israel Hospital (Boston, MA), Internship and Residency, Internal Medicine
Fellowship
University of Colorado Denver, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Awards & Recognition

2007-2014: Top Doctor, Critical Care Medicine, 5280 Magazine
2012: Citizen of the Year, National Jewish Health
2010-2012: Chair, Steering Committee, Interstitial and Diffuse Lung Disease Network, American College of Chest Physicians

Board Certification

Internal Medicine
Pulmonary Medicine
Critical Care Medicine

Professional Memberships

CHEST (American College of Chest Physicians), Fellow
American College of Critical Care Medicine, Fellow

Publications

Frankel, S.K., and Moss, M. (2014) The Effect of Organizational Structure and Processes of Care on ICU Mortality as Revealed by the United States Critical Illness and Injury Trials Group Critical Illness Outcomes Study.  Crit Care Med.  42(2): 463-4.  PMID: 24434451.

Fischer, A., Brown K.K., DuBois, R.M., Frankel, S.K., Cosgrove, G.P., Fernandez-Perez, E.R., Huie, T.J., Krishnamoorthy, M., Meehan, R.T., Olson, A.L., Solomon, J.J., Swigris, J.J. (2013) Mycophenolate mofetil improves lung function in connective tissue disease-associated interstitial lung disease.  J Rheumatol. Mar 1 40(5): 640-646. PMID 23457378.

Fernandez-Perez, E.R and Frankel, S.K.  (2013) Eosinophilic Lung Diseases.  Clinical Pulmonary Medicine. 20:280-291.

Frankel, S. K. and Schwarz, M.I. (2012) Concise Clinical Review of the Pulmonary Vasculitides.  Am J Respir Crit Care Med 186: 216-224. PMID 22679011.

Huie, T. J, Olson, A. L., Cosgrove, G. P., Janssen, W.  J., Lara, A. R., Lynch, D. A., Groshong, S. D., Moss, M., Schwarz, M. I., Brown, K. K., and Frankel, S.K (2010) A detailed evaluation of acute respiratory decline in patients with fibrotic lung disease: aetiology and outcomes.  Respirology: 15(6) 909-917. PMID: 20546190.

Hospital Affiliations

  • Colorado Acute Long Term Hospital
  • Denver Health Medical Center
  • Rose Medical Center
  • St. Joseph Hospital - Denver
  • Swedish Medical Center
  • University of Colorado Hospital

Academic Affiliations

Professor, Division of Pulmonary Sciences & Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine

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.

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Contact Information

  • Office: 877.225.5654

 

Locations

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

  • Critical Care & Hospital Medicine at Rose Medical Center
    4567 E 9th Ave, 1st Floor Denver, CO 80220

  • Saint Joseph Hospital
    1835 Franklin Street Denver, CO 80218

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
5

Spoke using clear language
4.8

Provider explained things clearly
4.9

Amount of time spent with you
5

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 PatientMay, 2018
My situation is complicated, so many medical terms were used. When I didn't ask some were given. There were MANY teams, but I came out feeling satisfied.

National Jewish Health PatientMarch, 2018
Dr Frankel has been a special care provider,HE.s helped me threw this ,problem even though i live 6 hr away

National Jewish Health PatientMarch, 2018
Simply said, Dr. Frankel rocks. He's smart as hell, gets my issues, and remembers our conversation. I'm privileged to have him as my doc.

National Jewish Health PatientFebruary, 2018
Very thoughtful - made sure ya'll understood.

National Jewish Health PatientFebruary, 2018
*Dr. Frankel is the best doctor I've ever met.

National Jewish Health PatientDecember, 2017
Dr. Frankel has set the bar EXTREMELY high. I wish every doctor I saw could measure up to this man's thoroughness, promptness, knowledge, memory, and overall adeptness. He's a keeper.

National Jewish Health PatientOctober, 2017
best provider I ever visited with! tailored his discussion to my level of education and knowledge which I so appreciated! even went through every slice of my [test]!! who does that??!! wow. dr. frankel is awesome. he is the first provider who honestly made me commit to lifestyle changes, because he truly cared. I am crying as I write this, but am so thankful for Dr. Frankel.

National Jewish Health PatientAugust, 2017
Dr. Frankel knows I do a lot of internet research on the treatment for my lungs. He always mentions what state the research community is in regarding releasing new findings.

National Jewish Health PatientJuly, 2017
Amazing process of evaluation of my situation .

National Jewish Health PatientJune, 2017
*Dr. Frankel & *Dr. [Name] & *Dr. [Name] & *Dr. [Name] have been the best physicians I've ever had & I'm [Age] yrs old. Been going to National Jewish for ten yrs. at least and love the care I receive.

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