Sarah Jolley, MD
Assistant Professor, Medicine-Pulmonary Sciences & Critical Care

Medical School:
  • MD, Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans (2007)
Graduate Schools :
  • MSc, University of Washington (2015)
  • MCR, Tulane University (2017)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA/BS, Spring Hill College (AL) (2003)
  • University of Washington Program (2007)
  • University of Washington Program, Chief Resident, Internal Medicine (2011)
  • University of Washington Program, Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine (2014)
Languages: English
Department: Medicine-Pulmonary Sciences & Critical Care


  • Anderson CC, Johnson JL, deBoisblanc BP, Jolley SE. Care erosion in sedation assessment: A prospective comparison of usual care Richmond Agitation-Sedation Scale assessment with protocolized assessment for medical intensive care unit patients. J Nurs Manag. 2020 Sep 2. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32881119
  • Hippensteel JA, Burnham EL, Jolley SE. Prevalence of venous thromboembolism in critically ill patients with COVID-19. Br J Haematol. 2020 Aug;190(3):e134-e137. PubMed PMID: 32484907
  • Jolley SE, Angus DC, Clermont G, Hough CL. Discharge Destination As a Marker of Mobility Impairment in Survivors of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. Crit Care Med. 2019 Oct;47(10):e814-e819. PubMed PMID: 31356476
  • Jolley SE, Welsh DA. Substance use is independently associated with pneumonia severity in persons living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Subst Abus. 2019;40(2):256-261. PubMed PMID: 30883265
  • Kantrow SP, Jolley SE, Price-Haywood EG, Wang X, Tseng TS, Arnold D, Brown LF, Leonardi C, Scribner RA, Trapido EJ, Lin HY. Using the emergency department to investigate smoking in young adults. Ann Epidemiol. 2019 Feb;30:44-49.e1. PubMed PMID: 30555003
  • Lapinel NC, Jolley SE, Ali J, Welsh DA. Prevalence of non-tuberculous mycobacteria in HIV-infected patients admitted to hospital with pneumonia. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2019 Apr 1;23(4):491-497. PubMed PMID: 31064629
  • Spece LJ, Mitchell KH, Caldwell ES, Gundel SJ, Jolley SE, Hough CL. Low tidal volume ventilation use remains low in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome at a single center. J Crit Care. 2018 Apr;44:72-76. PubMed PMID: 29073535
  • Jolley SE, Hough CL, Clermont G, Hayden D, Hou S, Schoenfeld D, Smith NL, Thompson BT, Bernard GR, Angus DC. Relationship between Race and the Effect of Fluids on Long-term Mortality after Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. Secondary Analysis of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Fluid and Catheter Treatment Trial. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2017 Sep;14(9):1443-1449. PubMed PMID: 28708421
  • Jolley SE, Moss M, Needham DM, Caldwell E, Morris PE, Miller RR, Ringwood N, Anders M, Koo KK, Gundel SE, Parry SM, Hough CL. Point Prevalence Study of Mobilization Practices for Acute Respiratory Failure Patients in the United States. Crit Care Med. 2017 Feb;45(2):205-215. PubMed PMID: 27661864
  • Jolley SE, Hough CL. The authors reply. Crit Care Med. 2017 Mar;45(3):e330-e331. PubMed PMID: 28212232
  • Haddock JH, Mercante DE, Paccione R, Breaux JL, Jolley SE, Johnson JL, Connolly SE, deBoisblanc BP. Use of Digital Pupillometry to Measure Sedative Response to Propofol. Ochsner J. 2017 Fall;17(3):250-253. PubMed PMID: 29026357
  • Simon L, Jolley SE, Molina PE. Alcoholic Myopathy: Pathophysiologic Mechanisms and Clinical Implications. Alcohol Res. 2017;38(2):207-217. PubMed PMID: 28988574
  • Jolley SE, Alkhafaf Q, Hough C, Welsh DA. Presence of an Alcohol Use Disorder is Associated with Greater Pneumonia Severity in Hospitalized HIV-Infected Patients. Lung. 2016 Oct;194(5):755-62. PubMed PMID: 27405853
  • Jolley SE, Hough CL. Nighttime ICU Staffing and Mortality: Still in the Dark. Chest. 2016 Jan;149(1):287-8. PubMed PMID: 26757295
  • Attia EF, Jolley SE, Crothers K, Schnapp LM, Liles WC. Soluble Vascular Cell Adhesion Molecule-1 (sVCAM-1) Is Elevated in Bronchoalveolar Lavage Fluid of Patients with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. PLoS One. 2016;11(2):e0149687. PubMed PMID: 26919714
  • Jolley SE, Dale CR, Hough CL. Hospital-level factors associated with report of physical activity in patients on mechanical ventilation across Washington State. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2015 Feb;12(2):209-15. PubMed PMID: 25565021
  • Jolley SE, Caldwell E, Hough CL. Factors associated with receipt of physical therapy consultation in patients requiring prolonged mechanical ventilation. Dimens Crit Care Nurs. 2014 May-Jun;33(3):160-7. PubMed PMID: 24704742
  • Jolley SE, Regan-Baggs J, Dickson RP, Hough CL. Medical intensive care unit clinician attitudes and perceived barriers towards early mobilization of critically ill patients: a cross-sectional survey study. BMC Anesthesiol. 2014;14:84. PubMed PMID: 25309124
  • Mayer, K, et al. Long-term Recovery of Survivors of COVID-19 treated with ECMO: The Next Imperative accepted at The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Carmichael, et al. Early Ventilator Liberation and Decreased Sedation Needs Following Tracheostomy in Patients with COVID-19 Infection. Accepted at Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open.
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Professional Memberships

  • American Thoracic Society, Member, Women In Critical Care Committee

Practice Locations

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

UCHealth Pulmonology Clinic - Anschutz Medical Campus
1635 Aurora Ct
7th Floor
Aurora, CO 80045

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital

Specialty Information

  • Pulmonary Disease, Board Certification (2014)
  • Critical Care Medicine, Board Certification (2015)
  • Internal Medicine, Board Certification (2010)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Critical Care
  • Lungs and Breathing - Pulmonary Disorders
  • Lungs and Breathing
Clinical Interests
My clinical interests include General Pulmonary medicine and Critical Care medicine with particular interest in long-term recovery after critical illness and post-intensive care syndrome.

Care Philosophy
I strive to provide high-quality, evidenced-based care in a compassionate, caring manner.

Personal Interests
Outside of the hospital I enjoy exploring the outdoors with my family.

Public Speaking

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans (2007)
Graduate Schools:
  • MSc, University of Washington (2015)
  • MCR, Tulane University (2017)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA/BS, Spring Hill College (AL) (2003)
  • University of Washington Program (2007)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Washington Program, Chief Resident, Internal Medicine (2011)
  • University of Washington Program, Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine (2014)
Languages: English
Department: Medicine-Pulmonary Sciences & Critical Care
Contact Us
CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box C290
Aurora, CO 80045

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