Stephen K. Frankel, MD, FCCM, FCCP

Stephen K. Frankel
Chief Medical Officer
Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
Department of Medicine
Recognized as a 5280 Top Doctor (8th year) Best Doctors in America® 2015 — Best Doctors, Inc.

Special Interests

Research Interests

Dr. Frankel has active clinical and translational research programs in acute lung injury and interstitial lung disease. He is presently a co-investigator on a number of NIH-sponsored clinical trials for the treatment of acute respiratory distress syndrome including the ARDS Network. He is a core member of the University of Colorado Critical Care Consortium. In addition to his work in ARDS, Dr. Frankel is an active member of the interstitial lung disease program and participates in clinical trials evaluating novel therapies for the treatment of interstitial lung disease and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Finally, the dramatic and evolving changes in health care delivery have led to Dr. Frankel more recently to turn his attention to studying the delivery of efficacious and effective care in the hospital and ICU setting.


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

Awards & Recognition

2014: Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors, Inc.
“Top Doctor,” Critical Care Medicine, 5280 Magazine: 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Vice-Chair, Steering Committee, Interstitial and Diffuse Lung Disease Network, American College of Chest Physicians
Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians
Fellow, American College of Physicians

Board Certification

Internal Medicine
Pulmonary Medicine
Critical Care Medicine

Professional Memberships

American College of Chest Physicians, Fellow
American College of Physicians, Fellow
American Thoracic Society
European Respiratory Society
Society of Critical Care Medicine
Denver Medical Society
Colorado Medical Society


Frankel, S. K. and Schwarz, M. I. (2009) Update in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine. 15 (5): 463-469. PMID: 19550329

Fischer, A., Brown, K.K., and Frankel, S.K. (2009) Treatment of Connective Tissue Disease-Associated Interstitial Lung Disease. Clinical Pulmonary Medicine, 16: 74-80.

Cha, S. I., Groshong, S. D., Frankel, S. K., Edelman, B. L., Cosgrove, G. P., Terry-Powers, J. L., Remigio, L. K., Curran-Everett, D., Brown, K. K., Cool, C. D., and Riches, D. W. (2009) Compartmentalized Expression of c-FLIP in Lung Tissues of Patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol Apr 16 Epub. PMID 19372246.

Fischer, A., Swigris, J. J., duBois, R. M., Lynch, D. A., Downey, G. P., Cosgrove, G. P., Frankel, S. K., Fernandez-Perez, E. R., Gillis, J. Z., and Brown, K. K. (2009) Anti-synthetase syndrome in ANA and anti-Jo-1 negative patients presenting with idiopathic interstitial pneumonia. Respir Med 103(11) 1719-1724. PMID: 19397723.

Olson, A. L., Huie, T. K., Groshong, S. D., Cosgrove, G. P., Janssen, W. J., Schwartz, M. I., Brown, K. K., and Frankel, S. K. (2008) Acute Exacerbations of Fibrotic Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis: A Case Series. Chest 134: 844-850. PMID 18842917.

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

Associate Professor, Division of Pulmonary Sciences & Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine
University of Colorado Hospital, Attending Physician, MICU

Contact Information

  • Office: 877.225.5654



  • 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.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best score. Learn more about our patient satisfaction survey.


Recommended to others

Explanation of problem/condition

Shows concerns for your questions

Includes you in decisions

Spoke using clear language

Amount of time spent with you

Confidence in your doctor


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, 2016
All good

National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2016
I am so blessed to have Dr. Steven Frankel assigned to me as my ILD Pulmonary physician. He is excellent!! He is so knowledgeable in this field and so personable. I hope he will be there always to see me through my Pulmonary Fibrosis. It is well worth my trip to see Dr. Frankel.

National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2016
I have only excellent information to give concerning *Dr. Frankel and National Jewish!

National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2016
dr. Frankel and national Jewish are the best!

National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2016
Best doc. ever. This man has a big heart.