Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

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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.

Our Specialists

  • Akrum Al-Zubaidi
    Akrum Al-Zubaidi, DO
  • Zulma X. Yunt
    Zulma X. Yunt, MD

Clinical Trials

Normal Controls Needed for Study of Deployment Lung Disease Breathing Test

The purpose of this study is to learn more about new noninvasive ways of detecting lung disease in US military personnel who were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. We will be conducting a simple breathing test call a lung clearance index (LCI) test.  We hope this LCI testing may be useful in detecting early lung abnormalities that may be seen in deployers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. We are recruiting adults with no history of pre-existing lung disease (for example, asthma, COPD, etc.) and no history of previous deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan to be the normal group that will be compared to participants with known deployment-related lung disease.

Participation involves one 45-60 minute testing session in which you will complete the lung clearance index (LCI) test at National Jewish Health.

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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
  • 117-year history of focus on care, research and education serving thousands of patients with lung, heart, immune and related disorders


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