Jeffrey James Swigris, DO, MS

Jeffrey James Swigris
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
  • 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

    My clinical interest is in evaluating and caring for patients with interstitial lung disease (ILD) of any cause. Aryeh Fischer, MD (Division of Rheumatology and Co-Director of the Autoimmune Lung Center) and I co-run a clinical research lab whose goal is to explore interesting and important clinical questions regarding ILD, including ILD related to connective tissue disease. The global focus of my individual research program is on how patients live with and experience ILD, how we assess that experience, and how we, as caretakers, might improve quality of life in patients suffering from ILD. I have a particular interest in developing and investigating so-called patient-reported outcomes (PRO) in ILD. These are instruments designed to capture patients' perceptions of what life is like with ILD and are used to assess whether and how therapeutic interventions affect patients.

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    Stanford University, MS (Epi)
    Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, DO
    Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Internal Medicine
    Ohio University/Grandview Hospital,
    Stanford University, Research Fellow
    Stanford University, Pulmonary and Critical Care

    Awards & Recognition

    2014: Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors, Inc.
    2008: Nomination, Clinician of the Year, National Jewish Health
    2005: Faculty Teaching Award, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Stanford Scool of Medicine
    2000: Senior Medical Resident of the Year, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
    1997: Internal Medicine Fast Track Intern of the Year, Grandview Hospital

    Board Certification

    Pulmonary Diseases
    Critical Care Medicine

    Professional Memberships

    American College of Chest Physicians
    American Thoracic Society


    Swigris JJ, Wamboldt FS, Behr J, du Bois R, King, Jr. TE, Raghu G, Brown KK.  The six-minute walk in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: longitudinal changes and minimum important difference.  Thorax 2010;65:173-177 PMID: 19996335

    Swigris JJ, Brown KK, Behr J, du Bois R, King, Jr. TE, Raghu G, Wamboldt FS.  The SF-36 and SGRQ: validity and first look at minimum important differences in IPF.  Respir Med 2010;104:296-304 PMID: 19815403

    Raghu G, King, Jr. TE, Behr J, Brown KK, du Bois RM, Leconte I, Roux S, Swigris JJ.  Quality of life and dyspnoea in patients treated with bosentan for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (BUILD-1).  Eur Respir J 2010;35:118-123 PMID: 19679600 

    Yorke J, Jones PW, Swigris JJ.  Development and Validity Testing of an IPF-Specific Verstion of the SGRQ.  Thorax 2010;65:921-926 PMID: 20861296

    Swigris JJ, Wilson SR, Green KE, Brown KK, Wamboldt FS.  Development of the ATAQ-IPF: a tool to assess quality of life in IPF.  Health Qual Life Outcomes 2010;8:77 PMID: 20673370

    Academic Affiliations

    Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine, University of Colorado Denver

    Teaching & Professional Positions

    2011-Present: Associate Professor, National Jewish Health
    2011-Present: Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado
    2003-2005: Clinical Instructor, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Stanford University

    Website Information

    Participation Program for Pulmonary Fibrosis

    Conflicts of Interest

    National Jewish Health physicians and scientists may collaborate with pharmaceutical or other industries to develop medical and scientific breakthroughs or to provide education on trends in quality medical practice and outcomes to physicians and health professionals around the country. National Jewish Health maintains a strict conflict of interest policy to ensure that all potential conflicts are clearly visible and that management plans are put in place in order to further innovation and education while ensuring the protection of our patients and the integrity of our research. National Jewish Health publicly discloses any payment to our physicians or scientists. View this faculty member’s industry relationships and collaborations.

    Contact Information

    • Office: 877.225.5654
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    • National Jewish Health Main Campus
      1400 Jackson St.
      Denver, CO 80206

    Patient Ratings

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    Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best score. Learn more about our patient satisfaction survey.


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    Explanation of problem/condition

    Shows concerns for your questions

    Includes you in decisions

    Spoke using clear language

    Amount of time spent with you

    Confidence in your doctor


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    National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2016

    National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2016
    Jeff is the best doctor I have ever had at explaining my medical issues. He cares deeply about me and my family. He is my friend.

    National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2016
    Very intelligent and caring physician.

    National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2016
    I am so very blessed to have Dr. Swigris managing my health and care.

    National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2016
    Only once did I have to wait too long to see Dr. Swigris. It was caused by a change in the "what room is empty" pattern information he had to go through.

    National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2016
    *Dr. Swigris is very caring and is careful to ensure all questions are discussed to my satisfaction.

    National Jewish Health PatientApril, 2016
    I have already recommended NJH to friends.

    National Jewish Health PatientMarch, 2016
    My visits with Dr. Swigris are always a great experience. He is knowledgeable, friendly, and takes the time to consider my questions and input. I have absolute trust in his judgment and care.

    National Jewish Health PatientMarch, 2016
    *Dr. Swigris; seriously has all these attributes. I so appreciate him!

    National Jewish Health PatientFebruary, 2016
    *Jeff has my best interests as his focus - he has become a very close friend.

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