Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Make an Appointment Refer a Patient Ask a Question Make an Appointment Refer a Patient Ask a Question Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) describes a group of diseases where airflow in the lungs is limited. COPD is a progressive lung disease and affects millions of people each year. The most familiar diseases in this group are emphysema and chronic bronchitis. A person with COPD may have emphysema or chronic bronchitis; many have both. If you or a loved one has COPD, National Jewish Health in Denver, Colorado, has the experts you need. Designated as a COPD high performing hospital for 2016-17 by U.S. News & World Report, National Jewish Health also continues to be a top hospital for pulmonary care. Our multidisciplinary team of respiratory specialists will create an individualized plan of care, based on your specific needs. Our doctors are researchers, too, so you will have access to the latest COPD clinical trials and most effective treatments. Our COPD Program provides: Advanced diagnostic testing and treatment options for COPD Surgical options for COPD patients Specialized pulmonary and physical rehabilitation programs Personalized education and group classes. Our goal is to help you manage your COPD and to live a full and active life. Condition Information Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Chronic Bronchitis COPD: Overview Emphysema Programs & Services COPD Program Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine (Adult) Our Specialists Gregory P. Downey, MD + × Gregory P. Downey, MD Professor Executive Vice President, Academic Affairs Department of Medicine Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine View Full Profile Patient Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars Make an Appointment Gary R. Cott, MD + × Gary R. Cott, MD Department of Medicine Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine View Full Profile Patient Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars Make an Appointment Russell P. Bowler, MD, PhD + × Russell P. Bowler, MD, PhD Professor Department of Medicine Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine View Full Profile Patient Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars Make an Appointment Michael E. Wechsler, MD, MMSc + × Michael E. Wechsler, MD, MMSc Co-Director, The Cohen Family Asthma Institute Professor Department of Medicine Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine View Full Profile Patient Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars Make an Appointment View all (44) doctors specializing in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Find a Doctor Clinical Trials Preventing COPD Flare-Ups with Beta Blockers The purpose of the study is to obtain information on if Metoprolol, a commonly prescribed heart medication, can reduce the frequency and severity of COPD flare-ups. Learn More View More Clinical Trials Expanded Lung Cancer Screening Research Study Tests Arterial Blood Gas Bone Scan Bronchial Provocation Tests Bronchoscopy Testing CT Scan of the Chest CT Scan of the Sinuses Echocardiogram Exercise Tolerance Test and Exercise for Desaturation Test Impedance and pH Probe Study for Adults Spirometry Testing Support Groups & Events COPD Support Group Intimacy and the Person with Lung Disease Living with Chronic Disease Managing Your Energy Everyday Managing Your Lung Disease Nutrition and the Person With Lung Disease On the Go With Oxygen Respiratory Medications Stress Management and Relaxation Tools for Giving-Up Smoking - Trying Again Understanding Your Lung Disease and Testing Related Locations Aspen Valley Highlands Ranch Main Campus South Denver For Professionals Refer a Patient Order a Test Consult with a Physician Related Programs Center of Excellence on Deployment-Related Lung Disease Department of Medicine Rehabilitation Services View All Programs Related Conditions Alpha-1 Emphysema Dyspnea (Shortness of Breath) Pneumonia Reasons to Visit National Jewish Health The leading respiratory hospital in the nation and the only one devoted fully to the treatment of respiratory and related illnesses Ranked as one of the top two hospitals in pulmonology every year since U.S. News & World Report included this category in its annual “Best Hospitals” survey Ranked in the top 1 percent of hospitals in the nation by HCAHPS Physicians frequently recognized as among the best in the nation by multiple services, including Best Doctors in America and Castle Connolly Among the top 8 percent of organizations funded for research by the NIH, providing patients access to the latest clinical trials 118-year history of focus on care, research and education serving thousands of patients with lung, heart, immune and related disorders Make an Appointment Patient Stories Renewed Hope for the Future Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease slowly took away Kenn Martin’s ability to breathe or even go outside. With care from doctors and nurses at National Jewish Health and supplemental oxygen therapy, he is able to enjoy life again. Read More View All Patient Stories Health Insights & News Giving Help us care for people with COPD. Ways to Give #COPD is the third leading cause of death in the #US. Tweet this Featured Health Insight Better Health Starts After the Last Cigarette Learn More Living with Chronic Lung Disease E-Cigarettes Diet & Nutrition 10 Tips for Managing COPD Cigarette Chemicals Better Health Starts After the Last Cigarette What's the Connection? Your Heart Can Affect Your Breathing Pneumococcal Pneumonia Pneumococcal Pneumonia Better Health Starts After the Last Cigarette (Version 2) Flu Prevention Tips Quitting Tobacco Top 10 Inhaler Mistakes Adults Make Managing Your Medications Emotional Management Oxygen Therapy Oxygen therapy is used to normalize the oxygen level in blood during sleep, rest, activity and during acute illnesses in the hospital. Giving Up Smoking Common Feelings Depression COPD: FAQ COPD Medications COPD: Life Skills Tutorial Anxiety Intimacy Questions For Your Doctor Avoiding Infections Sleep Exercises Techniques to Bring Up Mucus Nutrition Managing Your Environment Breathing Retraining Indoor Air Pollution It is important to look at sources within the home that may emit particulates, gases and fumes harmful to our health.