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
Best Doctors in America® 2015-2016 — Best Doctors, Inc.
Rafeul Alam, MD, is an allergist and immunologist at National Jewish Health. Dr. Alam serves as Chief of the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

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.


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 PatientNovember, 2016
Dr. Alam is fabulous. Smart, kind, thorough. A gem

National Jewish Health PatientNovember, 2016
Very good.

National Jewish Health PatientOctober, 2016
I have been seeing Dr. Alam for about 10 years. He has always been professional, kind, and caring. I trust him completely.

National Jewish Health PatientAugust, 2016
An awesome Dr. that I trust!

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.

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