UCHealth Pulmonary Vascular Disease Clinic - Anschutz Medical Campus

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Monday: 8am – 5pm
Tuesday: 8am – 5pm
Wednesday: 8am – 5pm
Thursday: 8am – 5pm
Friday: 8am – 5pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Your team
Yen-Rei Yu, MD, PhD
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Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine

Genevieve Boddie, NP, MSN
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Peter Hountras, MD
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Pulmonary Disease

Kelly Nielsen, BSN
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Lindsay Forbes, MD
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Critical Care Medicine

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A unique level of pulmonary care.

Our team of pulmonologists, cardiologists and hematologists helps run the longest-standing care center in the state dedicated to pulmonary embolism, pulmonary hypertension and hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT), along with the only dedicated high altitude clinic in the region. This level of care is truly unique. Most of what is known about pulmonary vascular disease is from research conducted right here.

Specialty programs

Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT)

Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia, also known as Osler-Weber-Rendu disease is a rare genetic disorder that causes abnormal blood vessel formation in the skin, mucous membranes and various organs. In many cases, HHT is treatable and not life-threatening. HHT is caused by a genetic abnormality and is inheritable, with a 50 percent chance of a parent passing it on to a child. Approximately 90 percent of patients have an identifiable genetic abnormality through testing.

As one of only 20 HHT Centers of Excellence in North America, our hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia specialists work with the disorder on a daily basis and know how to recognize signs and symptoms. Our specialists are all familiar with HHT and work together to treat different aspects of the disease.

High-altitude program

This one-of-a-kind program is dedicated to anyone suffering from altitude-related respiratory problems. We work to uncover the underlying issue from pulmonary vascular problems to congenital abnormalities and more. Once we know what we’re dealing with, we can provide you the treatment you need to get back on top.

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Pulmonary hypertension

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Our pulmonary hypertension clinic is accredited as a Center of Comprehensive Care (CCC) within the Pulmonary Hypertension Care Centers (PHCC) program.

Pulmonary hypertension is a condition where high pressure in the blood vessels that carry blood into the lungs causes a strain on the lungs and heart that can lead to serious problems. Our program offers care combined with leading-edge clinical expertise and active research for patients with the most severe pulmonary hypertension.

The pulmonary hypertension program at Anschutz is the longest-standing practice of its kind in the Rocky Mountain region and the only center with a Pulmonary Hypertension Center for Comprehensive Care accreditation – a unique designation held by only a limited number of hospitals. Many of the current therapies for pulmonary hypertension have come from the UCHealth program, which also offers patients opportunities to enroll in clinical trials.

Videos from our providers

What is pulmonary hypertension, and what are the symptoms? >

How do you diagnose and treat pulmonary hyptertension? >

Pulmonary embolism and CTEPH

A pulmonary embolism (PE) is a blood clot that develops in a blood vessel in the body. It then travels to a lung artery where it suddenly blocks blood flow.

Should you be diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism, we have the only clinic in the Rocky Mountain region dedicated to treating them. We can provide you with both acute PEs and chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) clinical expertise, as well as access to clinical trials.

Patients seen in the PE clinic will receive evaluation and recommendations regarding:

  • The type and duration of anticoagulant therapy
  • Risk assessment for further thrombotic events
  • Impact of the blood clot on cardiac and exercise function
  • Assessment of operability for CTEPH patients
  • Assessment of need for pulmonary hypertension specific therapy for CTEPH patients
  • Assessment and availability for new research medications for the treatment of PE and CTEPH

The doctors and staff at University of Colorado Hospital are happy to provide second opinions for patients who have had a PE or are diagnosed with CTEPH.

Videos from our providers

How do you get a pulmonary embolism? What does it feel like? >

How do you diagnose and treat a pulmonary embolism? >

Clinical trials

Patients with respiratory conditions have the opportunity to enroll in clinical trials, which aim to improve treatment protocols and patient outcomes.

>> Visit our clinical trials page to learn more


The region's #1 lung program is in your neighborhood

US News badge pulmonology and lung surgeryUCHealth’s Comprehensive Lung and Breathing Program in metro Denver is ranked #2 in the country by US News and World Report.

Whether you live in or outside the Rocky Mountain region, our advanced lung specialists are here to see you. We use the most advanced procedures and technologies to try and relieve your short- and long-term respiratory problems.