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Benjamin Honigman, MD

​University of Colorado School of Medicine

Professor of Emergency Medicine

Associate Dean, Clinical Outreach, University of Colorado School of Medicine


Contact information

Anschutz Medical Campus
Leprino Building, Campus Box B215
12401 East 17th Avenue

Aurora, CO 80045

Dr. Honigman's main research area is to identify the impact of living at altitude on co-morbid conditions. This stems from earlier work that described the impact of altitude and hypoxia on tourists to Colorado. Previous studies in adults and children identified altitude illness in 25% of tourists to Colorado’s Mountains. This evolved to trying to understand the impact of living at altitudes above 8000 feet. Earlier studies demonstrated that living at altitude was associated with longer longevity principally due to a lower incidence of death due to cardiovascular diseases. His current project involves combining the length of time an individual lives at altitude ( measuring dose of hypoxia) as determined by driver’s license records with the onset of co morbid conditions such as cardiovascular illness, COPD etc based on Medicare data. He and his team are working with the VA system and Colorado DMV to investigate this issue.
Dr. Honigman's research also involves the understanding of why older residents who live at moderate elevations develop pulmonary hypertension. This investigation is in collaboration with researchers from the School of Medicine and clinicians in Summit County.
His third area of research involves the ability to determine if access to hospital electronic health records provides better linkages and outcomes for patients sent to nursing homes and long term health facilities.
A continued are of interest is in how best to educate medical students and residents in emergency medicine. Professor Honigman has developed several educational simulations and abbreviated approaches to bedside clinical presentations that help the learner better understand clinical diseases.
Degree Year ​Focus
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH B.S 1970
Tufts Medical School, Boston, MA M.D. 1974 Doctor of Medicine
Maine Medical Center, Portland, ME
Denver General Hospital, Denver, CO Emergency Medicine Residency
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Selected Publications (10 out of 51)

  • Valley MA, Trotter JF, Thomas D, Ginde AA, Lowenstein SR, & Honigman B. The relationship between hepatopulmonary syndrome and altitude. Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology. In press.

  • Honigman B and Moore W. Palsy in the Desert. Wilderness and Environmental Medicine. 2013 Winter; 24(1):75-77.
  • Anderson JD, Honigman B. The effect of altitude-induced hypoxia on heart disease: do acute, intermittent, and chronic exposures provide cardioprotection? High Alt Med Biol. 2011 Spring; 12(1):45.55.
  • Browne VA, Toledo-Jaldin L, Davila RD, Lopez LP, Yamashiro H, Ragan DC, Julian CG, Wilson MJ, Bigham AW, Shriver MD, Honigman B, Vargas E, Roach RC, and Moore LG. High end-arteriolar resistance limits uterine artery blood flow and restricts fetal growth in preeclampsia and gestational hypertension at high altitude. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2011 May; 300(5):R1221-9. Epub 2011 Feb 16.
  • Ezzati M, Horwitz ME, Thomas DS, Friedman AB, Roach RC, Clark T, Murray CJ, Honigman B. Altitude, life expectancy and mortality from ischemic heart disease, stroke, COPD, and cancers: national population-based analysis of US counties. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2011 Mar 15 [Epub ahead of print]

  • Honigman B. A piece of my mind. The heart of the matter. JAMA. 2009 Dec 23; 302(24):2638-9.
  • Tissot Van Patot MC, Serkova NJ, Haschcke M, Kominsky DJ, Roach RC, Christians U, Henthorn TK, Honigman B. Enhanced leukocyte HIF-1 alpha and HIF-1 DNA-binding in humans following rapid ascent to 4300m. Free Radic Biol Med. 2009 Jun 1; 46(11):1551-7. Epub 2009 Mar 19.
  • Kuhn GJ, Abbuhl SB, Clem KJ, Honigman B, et al. Recommendations from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Taskforce on Women in Academic Emergency Medicine. Acad Emerg Med. 2008; 15:762-7.
  • Davenport C, Druck J, Honigman B. The 3-minute emergency medicine medical student presentation: a variation on a theme. Acad Emerg Med. 2008 Jul; 15(7):683-7.