Autoimmune Lung CenterOur particular strength is in the area of rheumatologic (autoimmune) lung disease. We work collaboratively with the Interstitial Lung Disease Program and other pulmonary programs at National Jewish Health to provide an unparalleled assessment and management resource for patients with autoimmune lung disease.

Many patients with a connective tissue disease (CTD), such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, systemic sclerosis or Sjögren's syndrome, have related lung problems. Two of the most common related lung problems include interstitial lung disease and pulmonary hypertension. Therefore these patients may need to see a rheumatologist for their CTD and a pulmonologist for their lung problem. 

The Autoimmune Lung Center at National Jewish Health® works within the framework of a premier respiratory medical center, and is one of the best centers in the world to seek care for autoimmune lung diseases. The Center provides patients with a unique, cross-specialty approach to care. It brings rheumatologists, pulmonologists and other related healthcare providers together to coordinate evaluation and management strategies. The Rheumatology faculty at National Jewish Health have specific expertise in CTD-related lung conditions. 

In addition to the clinical care provided by our physicians, the Autoimmune Lung Center incorporates:

  • State-of-the-art technology and expertise in thoracic imaging and histopathology
  • Comprehensive pulmonary physiology assessment techniques
  • Expertise with cardiopulmonary rehabilitation

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Clinical Trials

A Linkage and Association Study in Pulmonary Fibrosis

The purpose of this study is to investigate inherited genetic factors that play a role in the development of familial pulmonary fibrosis and to identify a group of genes that predispose individuals to develop pulmonary fibrosis.

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Reasons to Visit National Jewish Health

  • The leading respiratory hospital in the nation and the only one devoted fully to the treatment of respiratory and related illnesses
  • Ranked as one of the top two hospitals in pulmonology every year since U.S. News & World Report included this category in its annual “Best Hospitals” survey
  • Ranked in the top 1 percent of hospitals in the nation by HCAHPS
  • Physicians frequently recognized as among the best in the nation by multiple services, including Best Doctors in America and Castle Connolly
  • Among the top 8 percent of organizations funded for research by the NIH, providing patients access to the latest clinical trials
  • 118-year history of focus on care, research and education serving thousands of patients with lung, heart, immune and related disorders


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‘Incredibly Grateful’

An autoimmune disease was robbing Heather Quilici of her ability to breathe. Doctors at National Jewish Health, who have specialized expertise in treating autoimmune lung conditions, stabilized her condition and greatly improved her quality of life.  

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