Endowed Chairs & Professorships


Girard & Madeline Beno Chair in Mycobacterial Disease

Black and white photograph of Michael D. Iseman, MD.

Fighting Drug-resistant Tuberculosis

Since its founding in 1899, National Jewish Health has led the fight against tuberculosis and other mycobacterial diseases. This chair helps National Jewish Health continue in its role as a leader in research and treatment. In seeking a cure for drug-resistant tuberculosis and other mycobacterial diseases, Girard and Madeline Beno give hope to millions worldwide.

Michael D. Iseman, MD, graduated with honors in History from Princeton in 1961.  He then received his doctorate in 1965 from Columbia University where he also received his residency training in internal medicine, as well as his fellowship training in pulmonary medicine.

Dr. Iseman joined the faculty at the University of Colorado in 1972 and National Jewish Health in 1982.  He is currently Professor of Medicine with appointments in both pulmonary medicine and infectious diseases.

Dr. Iseman holds the Girard & Madeline Beno Chair in Mycobacterial Diseases, and is well known for his work in the management of drug-resistant tuberculosis and other mycobacterial diseases.  In addition to providing patient care in the ward and clinic, he has been the Director of a thrice-yearly, week-long course held at National Jewish Health on the management of tuberculosis; over the past 21 years, nearly 6,000 physicians and nurses from across the United States and around the world have attended.  Dr. Iseman has been a consultant for the Colorado State Health Department, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.  A member of the Advisory Board of Partners in Health, Dr. Iseman has taught Partners in Health courses in Peru and Russia.  He also has lectured in 47 states and 34 foreign countries.  From 1997 to 2002, he was Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, which is published in Paris, France.  In addition to contributing chapters to eight different textbooks, he has recently completed a single-authored book, A Clinician’s Guide to Tuberculosis.

Dr. Iseman’s program offers free consultation services for clinicians, public health officers, families and patients affected by complicated or multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis, or disease due to nontuberculous mycobacteria.  The consultation service started in 1988 and receives more than 1,000 requests per year.

Dr. Iseman received the Edward Livingston Trudeau award from the American Thoracic Society and the American Lung Association in 2005.  The Trudeau medal recognizes lifelong major contributions to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of lung disease through leadership in research, education or clinical care.  Other awards include the Gold Medal for Clinical Excellence of the Columbia Alumni Association (1995), election to the Colorado Pulmonary Hall of Fame (1997), the Governors’ Community Service Award from the CHEST Foundation (2004) and the Robert W. Schrier Award for Excellence from the Department of Medicine of the University of Colorado (2007).