Carlene Chun

Dr. Carlene Chun is a board-certified gastroenterologist practicing in the south Denver area. Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai’i, she has lived in California, Oregon and Wisconsin prior to falling in love with Colorado. 

Dr. Chun is a general gastroenterologist with a passion for evidence-based medicine and a special interest in preventative medicine, women’s health and in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease.  She also treats defecatory disorders, ranging from constipation, diarrhea and fecal incontinence.

She is dedicated to providing patient-centered medical care and is an elected member of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s Gold Humanism Honor Society. 

In addition to her medical degree, Dr. Chun received a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in microbiology and an MBA from the University of Hawai’i with an emphasis in international relations and organizational change and behavior. 

Outside of her medical practice, Dr. Chun loves being a mother to her three boys, learning about different cultures through food and cultural exchange, gardening, and staying active exploring the outdoors with her family.

  • Medical School – Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California
  • Residency – Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon
  • Fellowship – University of Colorado Anschutz, Aurora, Colorado
  • Doctorate in Medical Microbiology and Immunology – University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Master of Business Administration – University of Hawai’I, Manoa, Hawai’i
  • Mehta-Makhijani Fellow Award (First year fellowship award)
  • Digestive Disease Research Foundation (DDRF) Internship Award
  • Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS)
  • Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) – International Business Honor Society
  • Cum Laude
  • School of Biological Sciences Scholastic Honor Society
  • Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Chapter Medical Advisor Committee (CMAC) Member
  1. Chun, C, L. Zheng, S. Colgan (2016) “Tissue metabolism and host-microbial interactions in the intestinal mucosa.” Free Radical Biology and Medicine. E-Pub PMID: 27687211
  2. Chun, C.L. G. Dunnington, G. Triadafilopoulos. (2013) “Holiday pains: a case of radiation-induced mesenteric ischemia.” Digestive Diseases and Sciences. 58(2):349-53. PMID: 22661275
  3. Kommareddy, S., C.L. Chun, G. Triadafilopoulos. (2013) “Always a Suspect: CMV in Ulcerative Colitis.” Digestive Diseases and Sciences. 56(7):1944-8. PMID: 23306856
  4. Chun, C.L., S. Aulakh, F. Komlos, G. Triadafilopoulos. (2012) “Tube to Freedom: use of a venting jejunostomy in a patient with chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction.” Digestive Diseases and Sciences. 57(12):3076-9. PMID: 22407376
  5. Chun, C.L., C.A. Conti, G. Triadafilopoulos. (2011) “Cameron Ulcers: You Will Find Only What You Seek.” Digestive Diseases and Sciences. 56(12):3450-2. PMID: 21706202
  6. Chun, C.L., S. Eisenstat, S. Dormady, C. Lombard, G. Triadafilopoulos. (2011). “Esophageal Adenocarcinoma Presenting as Pseudo-Achalasia in a Patient with Juvenile Polyposis Syndrome: An Enemy Out of the Blue.” Digestive Diseases and Sciences. 56(7):1944-8. PMID: 21267778
  7. Chun, C.K., I. Koroleva, B. Brown, L. Manzella, E. Snir, H. Almabrazi, T. Scheetz, M. Bonaldo, T. Casavant, M.B. Soares, E. Ruby and M. McFall-Ngai (2008). “Effects of colonization, luminescence and autoinducer on host transcription in the developing squid-vibrio association.” PNAS 105(32): 11323-11328. PMID: 18682555
  8. Chun, C. K., T. E. Scheetz, et al. (2006). “An annotated cDNA library of juvenile Euprymna scolopes with and without colonization by the symbiont Vibrio fischeri.” BMC Genomics 16(7):154-164. PMID: 16780587
  9. Ozer, E. A., A. Pezzulo, D. M. Shih, C. Chun, C. Furlong, A. J. Lusis, E. P. Greenberg and J. Zabner (2005). “Human and murine paraoxonase 1 are host modulators of Pseudomonas aeruginosa quorum-sensing.” FEMS Microbiol Lett 253(1): 29-37. PMID: 16260097
  10. Chun, C. K., E. A. Ozer, M. J. Welsh, J. Zabner and E. P. Greenberg (2004). “Inactivation of a Pseudomonas aeruginosa quorum-sensing signal by human airway epithelia.” PNAS 101(10): 3587-90. PMID: 14970327