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Richard Meehan, MD, Rheumatology, Denver, CO, National Jewish Health

RichardTMeehanMDCAPT, MC USN ret

Rheumatology Denver, CO

Professor of Medicine, National Jewish Health, Rheumatology Division

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  • Dr. Richard Meehan is a rheumatologist in Denver, CO and is affiliated with National Jewish Health. He received his medical degree from McGovern Medical School at UTHealth and Internal Medicine Residency and Rheumatology fellowship from the University of Iowa. He worked in the Biomedical Research Branch at NASA JSC with multiple shuttle medical experiments. He is a retired USN CAPT Reserve Medical Office with combat deployments to the Gulf War and Iraq in 2008 as a Seebee Battalion Surgeon. He has been in practice 43 years. He is experienced in systemic autoimmune illnesses, arthritis, and interstitial and deployment related lung disease. He has more than 100 publications and over 500 citings.

Clinical Expertise

  • Lupus erythematosus, Arthritis, Interstitial Lung Diseases

Education & Training

  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
    University of Iowa Hospitals and ClinicsFellowship, Rheumatology, 1980 - 1984
  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
    University of Iowa Hospitals and ClinicsResidency, Internal Medicine, 1974 - 1977
  • McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
    McGovern Medical School at UTHealthClass of 1974
  • University of Texas
    University of TexasB.A., With Honors, 1967 - 1971

Certifications & Licensure

  • OR State Medical License
    OR State Medical License 1978 - Present
  • CO State Medical License
    CO State Medical License 1989 - 2025
  • TX State Medical License
    TX State Medical License 1974 - 1995
  • IA State Medical License
    IA State Medical License 1975 - 1985
  • WA State Medical License
    WA State Medical License 1977 - 1981
  • American Board of Internal Medicine Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine Rheumatology

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Regional Top Doctor Castle Connolly, 2014
  • America's Top Doctors US News and World Report, 2011
  • Top Doc 5280 Denver Magazine, 2006
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Clinical Trials

Publications & Presentations


Journal Articles

  • Mycophenolate Mofetil Improves Lung Functions in Connective Tissue Disease-associated Interstitial Lung Disease  
    Fischer A, Brown K,Du Bois R, Frankel S, Cosgrove GG, Fernandez-Perez E, Huie T, Krishnamoorthy M, Meehan RT, Olson A, Solomon J and Swigris J, J Rheumatology, 1/1/2013
  • FEV1 over time in patients with connective tissue disease-related bronchiolitis  
    Fernandez- Perez ER, Krishnamoorthy M, Brown KK, Huie TJ, Fischer A, Solomon JJ, Meehan RT, Olson AL, Achcar RD, Swigris J, Respiratory Medicine, 1/1/2013
  • Dyspnea in a Patient With Raynaud's Phenomenon: The Uncovering of Interstitial Lung Disease  
    Anne Coates MD, Richard Meehan MD and Carlos Milla MD, Pediatr Pulmonol, 1/29/2012
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Books/Book Chapters

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  • Lunch and Learn 
    UCD, Aurora, CO - 1/23/2012
  • Respiratory Health Effects of Deployment to SWA 
  • Medical Surveillance Prior to, During and Following Potential Environment Exposures 
    Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD - 1/19/2012
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  • Infectious disease risks associated with exposure to stressful environments. 
    Meehan RT, Smith M, Sams C, SAE technical paper 932140; 23rd Int. Conf. Environ. Systems
    Colorado Springs, CO - 1/12/1993
  • Flow cytometric analysis of peptide hormone receptor regulation on circulating human monocytes and lymphocytes. 
    Meehan RT, Cintron N, Stuart C, Neale L, Kraus E, Smith M, Sams C, NASA Technical Memorandum 100463, Research and Technology Annual Report
    Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX - 1/1/1988
  • Quantitation of cerebral edema by digital image analysis of tomographic imaging scans. 
    Hamilton A, Meehan RT, Sams CF, NASA Technical Memorandum 100463, Research and Technology Annual Report
    Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX - 1/1/1987
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Hospital Affiliations