Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM)

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Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are types of germs that cause human disease. NTM is an infectious disease like tuberculosis (TB), but it does not cause TB. There has been a steady increase in the number of people with NTM infections over time. The elderly and those with immune system diseases are especially at risk.

National Jewish Health was founded more than 100 years ago as a tuberculosis hospital. Since that time, we have grown to become the leading respiratory hospital in the U.S. Our infectious disease doctors are nationally recognized experts who treat hundreds of patients with NTM each year. They work with our specialized laboratories to select the right medicines and doses for each patient’s disease. This reduces medication side effects and toxicity which is common with NTM drugs.

Our doctors are researchers, too, so you have access to the latest NTM clinical trials and most effective therapies.


NTM Care at National Jewish Health

At National Jewish Health, you’ll find:

  • The Nontuberculosis Mycobacteria (NTM) Center of Excellence
  • Health care that is focused on each individual
  • State-of-the-art diagnostic testing
  • The latest in NTM clinical trials

Learn more about Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM) Treatment Programs.

Our Specialists

Clinical Trials

For more than 100 years, National Jewish Health has been committed to finding new treatments and cures for diseases. Search our clinical trials.

Reasons to Visit National Jewish Health

  • The leading respiratory hospital in the nation and the only one devoted fully to the treatment of respiratory and related illnesses
  • Ranked as one of the top two hospitals in pulmonology every year since U.S. News & World Report included this category in its annual “Best Hospitals” survey
  • Ranked in the top 1 percent of hospitals in the nation by HCAHPS
  • Physicians frequently recognized as among the best in the nation by multiple services, including Best Doctors in America and Castle Connolly
  • Among the top 8 percent of organizations funded for research by the NIH, providing patients access to the latest clinical trials
  • 119 -year history of focus on care, research and education serving thousands of patients with lung, heart, immune and related disorders


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