Rachel L. Zemans
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

    Research Interests

    Research on repair of the lung epithelium after inflammatory injury in disease states such as acute lung injury and emphysema.

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    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, MD
    Stanford University, MA
    Stanford University, BS
    University of California at San Francisco, Internal Medicine
    University of Colorado Denver, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

    Awards & Recognition

    Alpha Omega Alpha
    Phi Beta Kappa

    Board Certification

    2009: Critical Care Medicine
    2007: Pulmonary Medicine
    2004: Internal Medicine

    Professional Memberships

    American Thoracic Society


    Neutrophil Transmigration Triggers Repair of the Lung Epithelium via β-catenin Signaling.  Zemans RL, Briones N, Campbell M, et. al. Proc Natl Acad Sci. 2011 Aug 31.  Epub ahead of print.

    Matrix Metalloproteinase 3 Is a Mediator of Pulmonary Fibrosis. Yamashita CM, Dolgonos L, Zemans RL, Young SK, Robertson J, Briones N, Suzuki T, Campbell MN, Gauldie J, Radisky DC, Riches DW, Yu G, Kaminski N, McCulloch CA, Downey GP. Am J Pathol. 2011 Aug 23. [Epub ahead of print]

    A novel method for long term bone marrow culture and genetic modification of murine neutrophils via retroviral transduction. Zemans RL, Briones N, Young SK, Malcolm KC, Refaeli Y, Downey GP, Worthen GS.
    J Immunol Methods. 2009 Jan 30;340(2):102-15.

    Myeloid differentiation protein-2-dependent and -independent neutrophil accumulation during Escherichia coli pneumonia. Cai S, Zemans RL, Young SK, Worthen GS, Jeyaseelan S. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2009  Jun;40(6):701-9. Epub 2008 Nov 6.

    Transepithelial migration of neutrophils: mechanisms and implications for acute lung injury. Zemans RL, Colgan SP, Downey GP. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2009 May;40(5):519-35. Epub 2008 Oct 31.

    Hospital Affiliations

    • Rose Medical Center

    Academic Affiliations

    Assistant Professor, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, Deparment of Medicine, University of Colorado Denver

    Contact Information

    • Office: 877.225.5654
    • Fax: 303.270.2216
    • Email: ZemansR@njhealth.org



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

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