Brett E. Fenster, MD, FACC, FASE

Brett E. Fenster
Associate Professor
Director of Pulmonary Hypertension Center
Department of Medicine
Division of Cardiology
  • 5280 Top Doctors 2016
  • Recognized as a 5280 Top Doctor
  • America’s Top Doctors 2015 — Castle Connolly, Medical, Ltd.
  • Recognized in America’s Top Doctors — Castle Connolly, Inc.
  • Best Doctors in America® 2015 — Best Doctors, Inc.
  • Recognized in Best Doctors in America® — Best Doctors, Inc.
  • America’s Top Doctors 2016 — Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd.
  • Special Interests

    Clinical Interests

    Pulmonary Hypertension, patent foramen ovale (PFO) occluder placement for dyspnea/hypoxia and cardiac MRI Echocardiography.

    Research Interests

    4 dimensional cardiac MRI for the assessment of cardiac flow and motion, Non-invasive diagnosis and monitoring of pulmonary hypertension, and PFO occluder placement for the treatment of dyspnea/hypoxia.

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    University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, MD
    Stanford University, School of Medicine, Residency/Internship
    Stanford University, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Advanced Cardiac Imaging
    Stanford University, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine

    Awards & Recognition

    2004: Outstanding Clinical Fellow (Stanford Univ. Div. of Cardiovasc. Med.)
    2003: Edwin Alderman Award for Clinical Research (Stanford Univ. Div. of Cardiovasc. Med.)
    2002: Franklin G. Ebaugh, Jr. Award for Research (Stanford Univ. Dept. of Internal Med.)
    2002: Charles Dorsey Armstrong Award (Clinical excellence in caring for patients, Stanford Univ. Dept. of Int. Med.)
    1999: Department of Medicine Award (Outstanding medical student in internal medicine, Univ. of Chicago Dept. of Med.)

    Board Certification

    2011: Cardiac CT
    2010: Echocardiography
    2006: Cardiovascular Medicine
    2005: Nuclear Cardiology
    2002: Internal Medicine

    Professional Memberships

    American College of Cardiology
    American Heart Association
    Pulmonary Hypertension Association
    American Society of Echocardiography
    Society of Cardiac Magnetic Resonance


    Freeman, AM, Curran-Everett D, Weinberger HD, Fenster BE, Buckner JK, Gottschall EB, Sauer W, Maier L, Hamzeh NY.  Predictors of cardiac sarcoidosis using commonly available cardiac studies.  Am J Card 2013, 112(2):280-5.  PMID: 23602692

    Fenster BE, Nguyen BH, Curran-Everett D, Buckner JK, Freeman AM, Carroll JD.  Percutaneous closure of patent foramen ovale for hypoxia.  Am J Card 2013, Jul 19. pii: S0002-9149(13)01448-3. doi:10.1016/j.amjcard.2013.06.022. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 23871675
    Fenster BE
    , Curran-Everett D, Freeman AM, Weinberger HD, Buckner JK, Carroll JD.  Saline contrast echocardiography for the detection of patent foramen ovale in hypoxia:  a validation study using intracardiac echocardiography.  Echocardiography 2013, 2013 Oct 18. doi: 10.1111/echo.12403. [Epub ahead of print].  PMID: 24138568
    Fenster BE, Hale VD, Kim D, Buckner JK, Schroeder JD.  Right ventricular calcification:  An unusual variant of right ventricular remodeling in pulmonary hypertension.  Heart Asia 2013;5:244. doi:10.1136/heartasia-2013-010410.
    Fenster BE, Lasalvia L, Schroeder JD, Smyser J, Silveira LJ, Buckner JK, Brown KK.  Cystatin C:  A potential biomarker for pulmonary arterial hypertension.  Respirology. 2014; 19(4):583-9. doi: 10.1111/resp.12259. Epub 2014 Mar 14. PMID: 24628703.

    Hospital Affiliations

    • Rose Medical Center

    Academic Affiliations

    Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, University of Colorado Denver

    Website Information

    National Jewish Health Pulmonary Vascular Biomechanics Group

    Conflicts of Interest

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    Contact Information

    • Office: 877.225.5654
    • Fax: 303.398.1476



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      1400 Jackson St.
      Denver, CO 80206

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    Patient Ratings

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    Shows concerns for your questions

    Includes you in decisions

    Spoke using clear language

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    National Jewish Health PatientJune, 2016
    I'm returning to NJH in August to see Dr. Fenster and Dr. [NAME] again as a follow up to my health issue. I am very satisfied with the work these two doctors have done on my case.

    National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2016
    dr Fenster ROCKS

    National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2016
    I totally trust *Dr. Fenster, in fact, I've lived in several different places in the last 2 yrs. and I do what it takes to get back to see him. I really do not like seeing anyone else -

    National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2016
    This outstanding physician is not only well qualified but caring. He is informed about your case & condition before he opens the door.

    National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2016
    Excellent by all parties

    National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2016
    I have tremendous confidence in Brett Fenster as my Cardiologist. I intend to remain in his care as long as I am able.

    National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2016
    Impressive! I feel very confident that my concerns will be addressed as we move through this process. I couldn't ask for a better physician/researcher for my particular health issue.

    National Jewish Health PatientJanuary, 2016
    Dr. Fenster has been a key part of my medical team. He understands the complexity of my health situation and doesn't give up on me or my care. I really appreciate that.

    National Jewish Health PatientJanuary, 2016
    Very kind & prompt.