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Michael Salem

Michael Salem, MD, serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of National Jewish Health.

Special Interests

Research Interests

Magnesium metabolism in critical illness; Neuroendocrine responses in acute illness; Mechanisms of sepsis-induced changes in lipoprotein metabolism



George Washington University, MD
Washington University, BA


1992 - 1993
George Washington University Hospital, Chief Resident: Surgery
1991 - 1992
George Washington University Hospital, Senior Resident: Surgery
1988 - 1989
George Washington University Hospital, Resident: Surgery
1986 - 1988
Boston University Hospital, Intern and Resident: Surgery


1993 - 1994
Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Surgical Critical Care
1989 - 1990
Massachusetts General Hospital, Critical Care

Awards & Recognition

2007: Colorado Biosciences Association Board of Directors
2004-2016: National Council of Arts and Sciences, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
1996-2000: Editorial Board, Critical Care Medicine

Professional Memberships

American Medical Association
American College of Surgeons
Fellow, American College of Surgeons


Casey G, Lindor N, Papadopoulos N, Moskow, J, Steelman S, Buzin C, Sommer S, Aronson M, Gallinger S, Thibodeau S, Barker M, Young J, Jass J, Hopper J, Diep A, Bapat B, Salem M, Seminara D, and Haile R, for the Colon Cancer Family Registry: A novel genetic testing platform substantially improves MLH1 and MSH2 mutation detection in patients with colorectal cancer. JAMA 2005; 293:799-809.

Page S, Salem M, Laughlin M: Intracellular Magnesium is an Important Regulator of ATP Phosphorylation and Adenine Nucleotide Synthesis in Human Erythrocytes. Am J Physiol 1998; 274:E920-E927.

Academic Affiliations

Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Colorado Denver

Teaching & Professional Positions

2008-Present: Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Colorado Denver
1999: Associate Professor of Surgery and Anesthesiology, George Washington University
1999: Vice Chairman Department of Surgery, George Washington University

Conflicts of Interest

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