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Richard T. Meehan, MD, FACP

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Richard T. Meehan

Richard T. Meehan, MD, is a rheumatologist at National Jewish Health. Dr. Meehan is in the Division of Rheumatology and Department of Medicine.

Special Interests

Autoimmune Lung Disease and Post Deployment Lung Health



University of Texas (Austin, TX), BA with Honors
University of Texas Medical School (Houston, TX), MD


University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics (Iowa City, IA), Medicine Internship
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics (Iowa City, IA), Internal Medicine Residency


1980 - 1984
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics (Iowa City, IA), Rheumatology Fellowship
American Association of Electrical Engineers, NASA Johnson Space Center (Houston, TX), Summer Faculty Fellowship
American Association of Electrical Engineers, NASA Johnson Space Center (Houston, TX), Summer Faculty Fellowship
American College of Physicians, University of Sussex UK, A Blaine Bower Traveling Scholar

Awards & Recognition

2014: Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors, Inc.
2013: America's Top Doctors, Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd.
Abraham Kauvar Presidential Award, National Jewish Health
Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star – Department of Defense

Board Certification

1983: Rheumatology
1977: Internal Medicine

Professional Memberships

1991-Present: Association of Military Surgeons of the U.S.
1984-Present: American Association of Immunologist
1982-Present: American College of Rheumatology
1979-Present: American College of Physicians


Swigris JJ; Olson AL; Fischer A; Lynch DA; Cosgrove GP; Frankel SK; Meehan RT; Robinson C; Smith ML; Mabry TR; Mycophenolate mofetil is safe, well tolerated, and preserves lung function in patients with connective tissue disease-related interstitial lung disease: Chest 2006;130(1):30-6.

Wasfi Y, Meehan RT, Newman LS. Chapter 105 Sarcoidosis. Harris et al: Kelly’s Textbook of Rheumatology 7th edition. 2004. Elsevier Science Philadelphia, PA.

Meehan RT; Neale LS; Kraus ET; Stuart CA; Smith ML; Cintron NM; Sams CF; Alteration in human mononuclear leucocytes following space flight: Immunology; 1992;76(3188):491-7.

Meehan RT, Ashman RF. Early protein synthesis in activated human peripheral blood mono¬nuclear cells.    Molecular. Immunol. 22:893-898,1985.  

Swigris JJ; Fischer A; Gillis J; Meehan RT; Brown KK; Pulmonary and thrombotic manifestations of systemic lupus erythematosus: Chest 2008;133(1):271-80.

Academic Affiliations

Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado Denver

Teaching & Professional Positions

1998-Present: Faculty Internal Medicine/Rheumatology, National Jewish Health
2008: Battalion Surgeon Navy Mobile Construction Battalion 17, Al Anbar, Iraq
1989-1995: Assistant/Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Rheumatology, University of Colorado Denver
1991: ICU Physician Fleet Hosp 6 Persian Gulf War U S Navy Reserve
1984-1989: Assistant Professor of Medicine, Rheumatology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston and Consultant Life Sciences Branch, NASA-Johnson Space Center Houston, Texas

Conflicts of Interest

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