Stephen K. Frankel, MD, FCCM, FCCP

Stephen K. Frankel
Chief Medical Officer
Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
Department of Medicine
  • 5280 Top Doctors 2016 (8th year)
  • Recognized as a 5280 Top Doctor (8th year)
  • 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

    Dr. Frankel has active clinical and translational research programs in acute lung injury and interstitial lung disease. He is presently a co-investigator on a number of NIH-sponsored clinical trials for the treatment of acute respiratory distress syndrome including the ARDS Network. He is a core member of the University of Colorado Critical Care Consortium. In addition to his work in ARDS, Dr. Frankel is an active member of the interstitial lung disease program and participates in clinical trials evaluating novel therapies for the treatment of interstitial lung disease and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Finally, the dramatic and evolving changes in health care delivery have led to Dr. Frankel more recently to turn his attention to studying the delivery of efficacious and effective care in the hospital and ICU setting.


    Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, MD
    Harvard College, Harvard University, BA, Biology
    Beth Israel Hospital (Boston, MA), Internship and Residency, Internal Medicine
    University of Colorado Denver, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

    Awards & Recognition

    2014: Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors, Inc.
    “Top Doctor,” Critical Care Medicine, 5280 Magazine: 2007, 2008 and 2009.
    Vice-Chair, Steering Committee, Interstitial and Diffuse Lung Disease Network, American College of Chest Physicians
    Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians
    Fellow, American College of Physicians

    Board Certification

    Internal Medicine
    Pulmonary Medicine
    Critical Care Medicine

    Professional Memberships

    American College of Chest Physicians, Fellow
    American College of Physicians, Fellow
    American Thoracic Society
    European Respiratory Society
    Society of Critical Care Medicine
    Denver Medical Society
    Colorado Medical Society


    Frankel, S. K. and Schwarz, M. I. (2009) Update in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine. 15 (5): 463-469. PMID: 19550329

    Fischer, A., Brown, K.K., and Frankel, S.K. (2009) Treatment of Connective Tissue Disease-Associated Interstitial Lung Disease. Clinical Pulmonary Medicine, 16: 74-80.

    Cha, S. I., Groshong, S. D., Frankel, S. K., Edelman, B. L., Cosgrove, G. P., Terry-Powers, J. L., Remigio, L. K., Curran-Everett, D., Brown, K. K., Cool, C. D., and Riches, D. W. (2009) Compartmentalized Expression of c-FLIP in Lung Tissues of Patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol Apr 16 Epub. PMID 19372246.

    Fischer, A., Swigris, J. J., duBois, R. M., Lynch, D. A., Downey, G. P., Cosgrove, G. P., Frankel, S. K., Fernandez-Perez, E. R., Gillis, J. Z., and Brown, K. K. (2009) Anti-synthetase syndrome in ANA and anti-Jo-1 negative patients presenting with idiopathic interstitial pneumonia. Respir Med 103(11) 1719-1724. PMID: 19397723.

    Olson, A. L., Huie, T. K., Groshong, S. D., Cosgrove, G. P., Janssen, W. J., Schwartz, M. I., Brown, K. K., and Frankel, S. K. (2008) Acute Exacerbations of Fibrotic Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis: A Case Series. Chest 134: 844-850. PMID 18842917.

    Hospital Affiliations

    • Colorado Acute Long Term Hospital
    • Denver Health Medical Center
    • Rose Medical Center
    • St. Joseph Hospital - Denver
    • Swedish Medical Center
    • University of Colorado Hospital

    Academic Affiliations

    Associate Professor, Division of Pulmonary Sciences & Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine
    University of Colorado Hospital, Attending Physician, MICU

    Contact Information

    • Office: 877.225.5654



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

    • Critical Care & Hospital Medicine at Rose Medical Center
      4567 E 9th Ave, 1st Floor Denver, CO 80220

    • Saint Joseph Hospital
      1835 Franklin Street Denver, CO 80218

    Patient Ratings

    The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to care provider related questions on our independent rating system, the Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.

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


    Recommended to others

    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


    Comments are collected in our Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Surveys. Patients are de-identified to protect confidentiality and patient privacy. Learn more about our patient satisfaction survey.

    National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2016
    All good

    National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2016
    I am so blessed to have Dr. Steven Frankel assigned to me as my ILD Pulmonary physician. He is excellent!! He is so knowledgeable in this field and so personable. I hope he will be there always to see me through my Pulmonary Fibrosis. It is well worth my trip to see Dr. Frankel.

    National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2016
    I have only excellent information to give concerning *Dr. Frankel and National Jewish!

    National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2016
    dr. Frankel and national Jewish are the best!

    National Jewish Health PatientMay, 2016
    Best doc. ever. This man has a big heart.