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​​A warm welcome to the University of Colorado – Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine

“When we play, I have a feeling that together we manage to create one collective lung for the whole orchestra 

so that everybody in the stage breathes the music in the same way.” 

Daniel Barenboim

This quote by one of the leading musicians of our time captures the essence of academic medicine as well. Changing the practice of medicine and advancing healthcare is what we aspire to do. This is a complex process involving outstanding individuals, and every individual is contributing to this goal in their very own specific way: We try to understand disease origins and mechanisms, we strive to choose the right treatment at the right time, and we aim to advance the delivery of today’s healthcare, in a highly individualized, patient-specific approach.

This is our goal in the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Colorado. We are a unique, multidisciplinary, and diverse team of outstanding individuals all with one goal – to lessen the burden of lung disease for people in Colorado and around the World. Lung diseases killed >300.000 individuals in the USA in 2014. Most lung diseases are not well understood, including COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), pulmonary hypertension, lung cancer, lung fibrosis, to name only a few. We strive to change that!

We are proud to come from a long history of outstanding service and giants in Pulmonary Medicine, rooting back to Gerald Webb, MD, and James Waring, MD, two tuberculosis specialists, who founded the largest tuberculosis sanatorium in the country, the Webb-Waring Lung Institute in Colorado Springs. Roger Mitchell, MD (1955 – 1970), Thomas Petty, MD (1971 – 1985), Peter Henson (1985 – 1987), Marvin Schwarz (1985 – 2004), Ed Abraham (1999 – 2006), and Mark Geraci (2004 – 2015) followed as Division Heads over the years, and we strive to continue their legacy in continuing to maintain and expand the number one division in the country.

Today, our vision is to transform the treatment of lung disease and critical illness for future generations by living and delivering excellence, innovation, collaboration, diversity, inclusion, and maintaining open minds. We are doing so by contributing the most innovative and outstanding science that enhances our understanding, diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of these high impact diseases.

The University of Colorado lives up to the Vision of “Four Campuses United: All Four: One” and so do we. The Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine integrates diverse faculty from four Affiliates: The University of Colorado – Anschutz Medical Campus, National Jewish Health, Denver Health, and the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System to create a truly unique Division: Four AffiliatesOne Division.


New Hope for Burnout Syndrome in the ICU

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Inside every hospital, past the winding halls and busy reception desks, there lies a special set of rooms reserved for only the most critically ill patients.

A New Approach to Alcohol Use Disorder

Brendan Clark and his team of researchers are working to redefine the approach to one of the most common chronic diseases encountered in the ICU: Alcohol Use Disorders.

Innovations in Research for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome - Eric Schmidt

​As the son of a father with a serious chronic illness, Eric Schmidt came to understand the power of a good bedside manner at an early age.

Helping Lungs Rebuild Themselves - Melanie Königshoff

Lung disease researcher Melanie Königshoff, MD, PhD recently joined the University of Colorado as a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine.

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Contact Info

The University of Colorado Anschutz -- Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine

12700 East 19th Ave

Research Complex 2, C272
AuroraCo 80045

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