Stephen K. Frankel, MD, FCCM, FCCP

Stephen K. Frankel
Stephen K. Frankel, MD, is a pulmonologist at National Jewish Health. Dr. Frankel serves as the Executive Vice President of Clinical Affairs.
Executive Vice President, Clinical Affairs
Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
Department of Medicine
Previously a 5280 Top Doctor (8 years)
Best Doctors in America® 2019-2020 — Best Doctors, Inc.

Special Interests

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

  • 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
5

Friendliness
5

Provider explained things clearly
4.9

Spoke using clear language
4.9

Provider included you in decisions
5

Amount of time spent with you
5

Confidence in your doctor
5

Likelihood of recommending this provider
5
 

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 PatientDecember, 2021
Care provider comes up with unique ways to talk to me so I understand everything.

National Jewish Health PatientDecember, 2021
I've known Dr Frankel since 2015. He speaks to you in layman's terms so you fully understand. He's patient, kind and with a sense of humor. He shows respect and no question is a dum question as he listens.

National Jewish Health PatientNovember, 2021
Excellent

National Jewish Health PatientNovember, 2021
Dr. Frankel has always taken the time to fully answer any of my questions. I like to be educated about my options and he clearly goes through alternatives and explanations with me. I have always felt any concerns I had were thoroughly addressed.

National Jewish Health PatientOctober, 2021
*Dr. Frankel is the absolute best!!! Give him a raise!!

National Jewish Health PatientOctober, 2021
I have been with Dr. Frankel for 18 years, he has pulled me through some rough times. There is NO one I would trust more!!!!

National Jewish Health PatientSeptember, 2021
Absolutely awesome! I'm VERY confident in the care I receive & very hopeful for my future health!

National Jewish Health PatientSeptember, 2021
Dr. Frankel is always patient and clear with his explanations. He doesn't talk down to me and I really appreciate that.

National Jewish Health PatientSeptember, 2021
I have been seeing *Dr. Frankel since 2015. I have NEVER had a bad experience. He explains everything. Taking his time, and mainly listens to any concerns that I may have. He also has a great sense of humor that I like!

National Jewish Health PatientSeptember, 2021
Your Staff taught me that information regarding my [condition] gives me power to handel my situtation and will make my treatment my responciablity with your support.

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