Rafeul Alam
Chief, Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Veda H. and Chauncey H. Ritter Chair in Immunology
Department of Medicine
Division of Allergy & Clinical Immunology
  • 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

    1. Basic Science Research: The major research interest of the laboratory is signal transduction mechanism of eosinophils and T cells, and signaling mechanism of asthma.
    2. Translational/Clinical Research: The major interests are the signaling abnormalities of asthma and airway allergic diseases.
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    Lodz Medical School (Lodz, Poland), MD
    Lodz Medical School (Lodz, Poland), Internal Medicine
    University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Allergy-Immunology

    Awards & Recognition

    2014: Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors, Inc.
    2000-2004: Elected member, American Society for Clinical Investigation AITR Study Section Member
    Veda and Chauncey Ritter Chair in Immunology, National Jewish Health
    Ad hoc Study Section Member: ALY, IMS

    Board Certification

    American Board of Internal Medicine
    American Board of Allergy and Immunology

    Professional Memberships

    2012-Present: Association of American Physicians
    1997-Present: American Society for Clinical Investigation
    1993-Present: Southern Society for Clinical Investigation
    1992-Present: American College of Physicians
    1990-Present: Greater Houston Allergy Society
    1990-Present: Texas Allergy Society
    1990-Present: Texas Medical Association
    1990-Present: Galveston County Medical Society
    1989-Present: American Thoracic Society
    1989-Present: American Association of Immunologists
    1988-Present: American Academy of Allergy and Immunology
    1986-Present: Sigma Xi
    1986-Present: American College of Allergists


    Christianson CA, Goplen NP, Zafar I, Good JT Jr, Rollins DR, Gorentla B, Liu W, Gorska MM, Chu H, Martin RJ, Alam R. Persistence of asthma requires multiple feedback circuits involving type 2 innate lymphoid cells and IL-33. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2015 Jan 21. pii: S0091-6749(14)01740-0.

    Alam R. Obesity and asthma-is there a causal association? Immunol Allergy Clin North Am. 2014 Nov;34(4):xi-xii.

    Schulten V, Tripple V, Sidney J, Greenbaum J, Frazier A, Alam R, Broide D, Peters B, Sette A. Association between specific timothy grass antigens and changes in TH1 – and TH2-cell responses following specific immunotherapy. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2014 Nov; 134(5):1076-83.

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    Academic Affiliations

    University of Colorado Denver - Program B Fellowship Program

    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



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

    Patient Ratings

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    National Jewish Health PatientJune, 2016
    I have been from the Mayo to MD Anderson and this doctor is the best experience I have had.

    National Jewish Health PatientJune, 2016
    *Dr. Alam is a very good doctor and I am glad that he is.

    National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2016
    I have never had as good of service as I receive at National Jewish. I continue to make the drive because of my confidence in the medical care I receive. And when I have had problems, the speed in resolving issues is unprecedented.

    National Jewish Health PatientMarch, 2016
    *Dr. Alam is by far the most caring physician I have had at National Jewish.

    National Jewish Health PatientFebruary, 2016
    Was on his phone, didn't let me talk or listen to what I wanted to tell him and I feel this appointment was a waste of my time and money.

    National Jewish Health PatientFebruary, 2016
    Dr. Alam and his allergy fellow spend an amount of time with me which was beyond all other professionals I see.

    National Jewish Health PatientFebruary, 2016
    dr alam and the physician assistant was very courteous and friendly. they both were very knowledgeable about my disease.

    National Jewish Health PatientFebruary, 2016
    Great experience hands down. Despite the complexities around my issues he was the first doctor to actually want to really dive in and help. Even when I was crying he was courteous and understanding (got me tissues!). He is thinking outside of the box with what's going on and really took the time to understand every detail of my symptoms and concerns. He represents the medical profession and how it has to be in this day in age. Proactive, out of box thinkers and not just text book practicing. He also listened and that's what patients need. Patients are smarter and while you can't believe everything you hear or read to try and self-diagnose, we know our bodies and when something isn't right. I truly do appreciate his professionalism, the team of staffs professionalism and his willingness to really try and help. This is the furthest I have gotten in over 10 years of dealing with my issues.

    National Jewish Health PatientJanuary, 2016
    *Dr. Alam did a excellent job while I was at NJH.