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In the United States asthma has reached epidemic proportions:

  • one in 12 adults and one in 11 children have asthma
  • nine people die every day from the disease

Asthma treatment at National Jewish Health helps address this health problem using a multidisciplinary and multispecialty care approach that integrates clinical and research efforts to deliver the best care possible and expedite the bench-to-bedside process resulting in successful asthma care, management and research.

We are dedicated to gaining a better understanding of asthma with the ultimate goal of discovering novel therapeutic options for patients with this challenging disease.

As one of the largest asthma specialty care centers in the world, we have nearly 30,000 patient visits annually, a varied asthma patient population, and a multitude of ongoing asthma research endeavors.

Rohit K. Katial

Rohit K. Katial, MD

Rafeul Alam

Rafeul Alam, MD, PhD

Gary R. Cott

Gary R. Cott, MD

Richard J. Martin

Richard J. Martin, MD

Robert J. Mason

Robert J. Mason, MD

David A. Beuther

David A. Beuther, MD

James T. Good Jr

James T. Good Jr, MD

Gregory P. Downey

Gregory P. Downey, MD

Donald R. Rollins

Donald R. Rollins, MD

Elaine M K Schwartz

Elaine M K Schwartz, MD, FCCP

Michelle A. Beutz

Michelle A. Beutz, MD

James J. Fenton

James J. Fenton, MD

Robert M. Maulitz

Robert M. Maulitz, MD

Richard D. Mountain

Richard D. Mountain, MD, FCCP

David A. Taryle

David A. Taryle, MD, FCCP

Susan Kotake

Susan Kotake, MD

William T. Pluss

William T. Pluss, MD, FCCP

Michael D. Schwartz

Michael D. Schwartz, MD, FACP, FCCM, FCCP

Sheila Tsai

Sheila Tsai, MD

Tho Q. Truong

Tho Q. Truong, MD

Vipin Malik

Vipin Malik, MD

Jennifer Wink

Jennifer Wink, MD

Ahmad M. Rashid

Ahmad M. Rashid, MD, FCCP

Amy L. Olson

Amy L. Olson, MD, MSPH

Anthony N. Gerber

Anthony N. Gerber, MD, PhD

Steven E. Lommatzsch

Steven E. Lommatzsch, MD

Flavia Cecilia Lega Hoyte

Flavia Cecilia Lega Hoyte, MD

Peter C. Stubenrauch

Peter C. Stubenrauch, MD

Michael E. Wechsler

Michael E. Wechsler, MD, MMSc

Anita Trikha

Anita Trikha, MD

Shelby R. Jenkins

Shelby R. Jenkins, OTR

Robert J. Lapidus

Robert J. Lapidus, MD

Jason D. McCarl

Jason D. McCarl, MD

James K. O

James K. O'Brien, MD, FACP, FCCP

Amen Sergew

Amen Sergew, MD

James Woodrow

James Woodrow, MD

Laurie A. Manka

Laurie A. Manka, MD

Matthew D. Cohn

Matthew D. Cohn, MD

Kendra Hammond

Kendra Hammond, MD

Kanao Otsu

Kanao Otsu, MD, MPH

Evan L. Stepp

Evan L. Stepp, MD

Irina Petrache

Irina Petrache, MD

Chelsea M. Randall

Chelsea M. Randall, MS, OTR/L

Brittany A. Harris

Brittany A. Harris, BS

Kasia Hoover

Kasia Hoover, PA-C

Akrum Al-Zubaidi

Akrum Al-Zubaidi, DO

Anuj Mehta

Anuj Mehta, MD

Howard Saft

Howard Saft, MD, MS

Katherine Rosen

Katherine Rosen, RN, MSN, ANP-C

Jennifer Sederberg

Jennifer Sederberg, NP

Janice Herrell

Janice Herrell, NP

Marjorie Patricia George

Marjorie Patricia George, MD

Eileen Wang

Eileen Wang, MD, MPH

Ann Granchelli

Ann Granchelli, MD

Jacob Beans

Jacob Beans, MSN, NP-C

James Pellerin

James Pellerin, MD

Ron Balkissoon

Ron Balkissoon, MD, MSc, DIH, FRCPC

Clinical Asthma Program

As one of the nation’s top respiratory centers, National Jewish Health treats more than 7,500 asthma patients annually and offer the most comprehensive and individualized range of treatment programs available for patients annually with mild to severe asthma. We utilize a multidisciplinary approach, tailored diagnostics and therapeutics, patient education and psychological treatment to help patients gain control over their disease and dramatically improve their quality of life.
Learn more about our Adult Asthma Program Learn more about our Pediatric Asthma Program  

Clinical Asthma Research

Asthma research at National Jewish Health is made possible through funding from a wide variety of sources such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), Medicare, industry sponsors and private donors.

Our investigators are part of the NHLBI’s Asthma Clinical Research Network (Asthmanet), the American Lung Association Clinical Research Consortium and are leaders in asthma clinical trials.

Asthma Scientific Discoveries at National Jewish Health

  • IgE, the molecule - this discovery has become the basis for many new treatments for asthma and allergies.
  • Mechanisms of apoptosis - pioneering efforts led us to understand how the body effectively removes and recycles up to two billion cells a day and resolves inflammation in the lung.
  • Immune response trigger - research revealed that fragments of proteins from invading organisms bound to and presented by MHC molecules triggers the adaptive immune response.
  • The immunological synapse – our scientists found the complex and long-lived connection between immune-system cells that greatly influences the immune response.
  • New family of anti-viral agents – research proved that a naturally occurring lipid fights viral infections and related inflammation in the lungs.

Asthma Clinical Research Areas of Interest

  • Development of novel therapies and biologics for asthma
  • Molecular, cellular and animal model approaches to understand the mechanism of asthma
  • Psychosocial aspects of disease management
  • Quality of life factors
  • Accurate diagnostic tool development
  • Environmental factors
  • Genetic factors

Asthma Biorepository

National Jewish Health developed an asthma biorepository that includes nearly 2,000 adult patient biological and tissue samples tied to phenotypic information that can lead to new discoveries in genotyping, pharmacology, and treatments that optimize each patient’s asthma care and quality of life.

Asthma Basic Science

Asthma researchers at National Jewish Health conduct important basic science research that has improved our understanding of the underlying biologic causes of asthma. Importantly, NJH researchers are utilizing this research to translate findings into humans.

Asthma Translational Research Resources

  • Novel human lung cell systems
  • Genetic animal models of pulmonary disease
  • Animal pulmonary physiology
  • Animal inhalation exposure systems
  • Active drug development program
  • Asthma Pharmacogenetics

Asthma Animal Models and Cell Cultures

National Jewish Health investigators use several animal models and an extensive collection of cell cultures available from patients with asthma to study aspects of the underlying mechanisms of asthma development and to gain insight into systems biology and into asthma pathogenesis.