Joshua Lee Denson, MD, MS

Assistant Professor

Assistant Chair of Education, Director of Medical Critical Care
School of Medicine
Joshua Denson, MD, MS

Education & Affiliations

MD, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA, Member of AOA
Research Fellowship, Pulmonary & Critical Care, National Jewish Health, Denver, CO
Clinical Fellowship, Pulmonary & Critical Care, University of Colorado
Chief Residency, Residency, Internship, Internal Medicine, New York University
MS, Neuroscience, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
BS, Neuroscience, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA


Dr. Denson received a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Neuroscience from Tulane University, where he stayed for his Medical Degree before traveling to New York City to complete Internship, Residency, and Chief Residency at the NYU Internal Medicine Residency Program. Following this, he moved to Denver, CO where he completed a clinical and research fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Colorado & National Jewish Health. He returned to New Orleans to join Tulane School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Medicine in 2018.

Dr. Denson is a physician-scientist whose research interests surround patient outcomes in the ICU. His research is funded by the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science (LA CaTS) Roadmap Scholars Award, the American Diabetes Association, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine, among others. He has an expertise in physician transitions of care in the hospital and their effects on patient outcomes. His prior studies were the first to demonstrate that hospitalized patients are more likely to die following a provider care transition for which he continues to study interventions to improve this care delivery model. In addition to his work on transitions of care, he specializes in the care and research of patients with acute respiratory failure and sepsis in the ICU, particularly those with COVID-19. His most recent studies investigate the link between metabolic determinants of health (Metabolic Syndrome) and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) where is he is studying how to better identify patients who may respond to precision medicine-based treatments for ARDS. He also is PI for several clinical trials in the ICU and serves as the Director of Medical Intensive Care for Tulane University Medical Center.
He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases, and Critical Care Medicine. He primarily practices as an attending physician in the ICU, pulmonary consult service and outpatient pulmonary clinic at the Tulane University Medical Center and University Medical Center of New Orleans (formerly Charity Hospital).

Furthermore, Dr. Denson is actively involved in graduate medical education at Tulane University currently serving as the Associate Program Director for the Tulane Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program. He is an active member of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), and the American Thoracic Society (ATS) where he is currently serving on the national ATS Members in Training and Transition Committee (MITT).


View Dr. Joshua Denson's publications at his PubMed page.