Practice Locations

UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital (UCH)
12605 E. 16th Ave Aurora, CO 80045


Ellen Burnham, MD

Board Certified


Practice Locations

UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital (UCH)
12605 E. 16th Ave, Aurora, CO 80045


Provider Expertise

Clinical Interest for Patients

Critical Care Delivery, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Acute Lung Injury, Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders


  • Critical Care Medicine ( 2012 )
  • Pulmonary Disease ( 2011 )

Conditions & Treatments

  • Lungs and Breathing

    Pulmonary Disorders

  • Critical Care

Interests & Activities

Personal Interests

Time with family, skiing, cooking, gardening

Education & Training

Medical Schools

MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Southwestern Medical School (1995)

Undergraduate Schools

BS, Texas Christian University (TX) (1991)

Graduate Schools

MSc, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health (2008)


University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Program (1996)

Residency Program

University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Program (1998)


Emory University School of Medicine Program (2002)

Professional Memberships

American Board of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Exam Writing Committee

American Thoracic Society, Member, Critical Care Assembly

Research Society on Alcoholism, Member

Research & Grants


COPARC: Colorado Pulmonary Alcohol Research Collaborative (2011)

Colorado Clinical and Translational Science Institute KL2 Program (2018)

Research Interests for Patients

I am a pulmonary and critical care physician-scientist. Our group's research focuses on the effect of alcohol and substance use on development of pneumonia and ARDS, and outcomes among these patients. Along with local and national collaborators, we have formed a consortium to enable translational investigations in this area, and have developed a biorepository to facilitate investigations. Additional research interests include methods to facilitate career development of junior faculty, including optimizing the mentor-mentee relationship to promote career success. I am the Program Director for the CCTSI's KL2 Mentored Career Development program that supports this role.

information for referring providers

Referral Contact Phone

(720) 848-0748

Clinical Interests for Referring Providers

Critical Care, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome/ Acute Lung Injury

Research Interest for Referring Providers

Management of respiratory failure and ARDS; the role of alcohol and substance use disorders in development of and outcomes in lung disease; ICU organization and operations, including developing strategies to optimize care for Covid-19 patients.