Rachel L. Zemans
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
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.


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



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

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