Endowed Chairs & Professorships

Helen Wohlberg & Herman Lambert Chair in PharmacokineticsStanley Szefler, MD

Investigating better drug treatments

Determining the most effective use of pharmaceuticals is one of the keys to restoring patients to good health. This chair, donated in honor of Helen Wohlberg and Herman Lambert, will fund scientific research that will have a lasting and beneficial impact on the lives of those who require drug regimens to treat chronic diseases.

Stanley Szefler, MD received degrees in pharmacy and medicine at the State University of New York at Buffalo.  He then received residency training in pediatrics, and fellowship training in clinical pharmacology and allergy and immunology at the Children's Hospital of Buffalo.  His first academic appointment was also at the State University of New York at Buffalo in the Departments of Pediatrics, Pharmacology and Pharmaceutics.  In 1982, he relocated to National Jewish Health to pursue his clinical interests in childhood asthma as the Head of the Division of Pediatric Clinical Pharmacology.  He is the Helen Wohlberg & Herman Lambert Chair in Pharmacokinetics, the Director of the Pediatric Clinical Trials Center, and the Co-Director of the Weinberg Clinical Research Unit at National Jewish Health.  He is also Professor of Pediatrics and Pharmacology at the University of Colorado Denver.

Dr. Szefler is a member of the Expert Panel 3 for the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program’s Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma.  He is Deputy Editor for the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.  He has served on the editorial boards of Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Developmental Pharmacology, Pediatric Pulmonology, Journal ofAsthma, Pediatric Asthma, Allergy and Immunology, Pharmacotherapy and the Yearbook of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology.

Dr. Szefler has authored more than 300 published scientific articles, scholarly reviews and book chapters.  His clinical interests center on the management of childhood asthma.  He is Principal Investigator for the Denver site of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute's Childhood Asthma Management Program (CAMP) and the Childhood Asthma Research and Education (CARE) Network.  He is also a co-investigator for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Asthma Clinical Research Network (ACRN) as well as the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ Inner City Asthma Consortium.  He is the Executive Director for the Colorado Cancer, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Disease sponsored Denver Public School Asthma Program. 
His major goals are to contribute to continuing developments in the management of childhood asthma, especially in the areas of pharmacotherapy.  He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including Presidential Award and the Outstanding Scientific Achievement in Clinical Research (National Jewish Health Faculty Awards), and the Bret Ratner Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Stanley J. Szefler, MD