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Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM)

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Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM) OverviewNontuberculous 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.


  • Charles L. Daley

    Charles L. Daley, MD

  • Shannon H. Kasperbauer

    Shannon H. Kasperbauer, MD

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

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