Endowed Chairs & Professorships

Edelstein Family Chair in Adult and Pulmonary ImmunologyRichard Martin, MD

Advancing our Understanding of Lung Disease

Richard Martin, MD was named Chairman of the Department of Medicine at National Jewish Health on June 1, 2006.  As leader of the institution’s largest department, Dr. Martin will oversee the development of a new Autoimmune Lung Center, Lung Cancer Program, Cardiology Division and Behavioral Research Center, as well as a growing faculty in all divisions within the Department of Medicine. Dr. Martin is widely recognized as a national and international leader in asthma care and research.

Dr. Martin is known in scientific circles for his groundbreaking research into circadian rhythms and nocturnal asthma, as well as the role of bacterial infections in asthmatic patients.  His recommendations regarding timing of asthma medications have improved treatment of asthma worldwide.  He was recently named the principal investigator for a $7.5 million, multi-center study on the effect of mycoplasma bacteria on chronic asthma.  Dr. Martin also leads the National Jewish Health segment of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s Asthma Clinical Research Network. 

Dr. Martin has published more than 225 papers throughout his career, including a 2006 paper on antibiotics and asthma exacerbations in the New England Journal of Medicine. He has also written scores of chapters in textbooks and made countless presentations to physicians, researchers and laypeople. 

Dr. Martin received his medical degree from the University of Michigan in 1971, served his residency in medicine at Tulane University and completed a pulmonary fellowship at the University of Oklahoma in 1978. Dr. Martin was recruited by National Jewish Health in 1980 and has remained on faculty since that time.  He holds the title of Professor of Medicine at both National Jewish Health and the University of Colorado Denver; he also holds the Edelstein Family Chair in Adult Pulmonary Medicine. From 2003 - 2007, Dr. Martin has received the American College of Chest Physicians Distinguished Scholar Award. He also received the Ambassador Award from National Jewish Health in 2002. Dr. Martin is a member of the Faculty of 1000 in Medicine and is listed in multiple “Who’s Who” listings for science and medicine.


Richard J. Martin, MD