Richard J. Martin
Richard J. Martin, MD, is a Professor Emeritus at National Jewish Health. Dr. Martin served as Chair of the Department of Medicine July 1, 2004 – June 30, 2019.
Chair, Department of Medicine (July 1, 2004 – June 30, 2019)
Department of Medicine
Edelstein Family Chair in Adult Pulmonary Medicine

Special Interests

Research Interests

My research interests are in the area of adult asthma, including airway inflammation, chronobiology and chronotherapy, nocturnal asthma, and the interaction of chronic infection with asthma and COPD.

Additional Information

In his nearly 40 years at National Jewish Health, Dr. Martin served the last 15 years as chair of the Department of Medicine during a time of tremendous growth. The Department more than tripled in size from 51 faculty members in three divisions to 172 faculty members in 11 divisions, four sections and an office of research. Dr. Martin was a driving force in expanding and implementing the unique, comprehensive and multidisciplinary team approach to care practiced at National Jewish Health, and he played a key role in extending that successful model of patient care to our Respiratory Institute partners at Mount Sinai in New York, at Jefferson Health in Philadelphia and at Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver.  Known for his groundbreaking asthma research, Dr. Martin has published more than 300 journal articles, 12 books and nearly 50 book chapters as well as mentored dozens of young physicians and scientists.


University of Michigan Medical School, MD
Tulane University (New Orleans, LA), Medicine
Good Samaritan Hospital (Phoenix, AZ), Internship
University of Oklahoma (Oklahoma City, OK), Pulmonary

Awards & Recognition

2014: Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors, Inc.
2013: America's Top Doctors, Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd.
2007: Induction into the Colorado Pulmonary Hall of Fame
2003-2007: American College of Chest Physicians Distinguished Scholar Award
2003 to Present: Faculty of 1000 in Medicine Current Science, Inc.
2000: Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century International Biograhical Centre - Cambridge

Board Certification

American Board of Internal Medicine
American Board Pulmonary Diseases

Professional Memberships

American Thoracic Society
American Federation for Clinical Research
American College of Physicians
American College of Chest Physicians
Colorado Trudeau Society
European Respiratory Society


Goleva E, Hauk PJ, Hall, CF, Liu AH, Riches D, Martin RJ, Leung D. Corticosteroid-resistant asthma is associated with classical antimicrobial activation of airway macrophages. J Allergy Clin Immunol 122: 550-559, 2008.

Wu Q, Martin RJ, LaFasto S, Efaw B, Rino JG, Harbeck RJ, Chu HW. Toll-like receptor 2 down-regulation in established mouse allergic lungs contributes to decreased mycoplasma clearance. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 177:720-729, 2008.

Lazarus SC, Chinchilli VM, Rollings NJ, Boushey HA, Cherniack R, Craig TJ, Deykin A, DiMango E, Fish JE, Ford JG, Israel E, Kiley J, Kraft M, Lemanske RF, Leone F, Martin RJ, Pesola GR, Peters SP, Sorkness CA, Szefler SJ, Wechsler ME, Fahy JV for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institiute’s Asthma Clinical Research Network. Smoking Affects Response to Inhaled Corticosteroids or Leukotriene in Moderate Asthma. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 175(8): 783-90, 2007.

Chu HW, Thaikoottathil, J, Rino JG, Zhang G, Wu Q, Moss T, Refaeli Y, Bowler R, Wenzel SE, Chen Z, Zdunek J, Breed R, Young R, Allaire E and Martin RJ. Function and regulation of SPLUNC1 protein in mycoplasma infection and allergic inflammation. J Immunol 179(6):3995-4002, 2007.

Martin RJ, Szefler SJ, King TS, Kraft M, Boushey HA, et al. The Predicting Response to Inhaled Corticosteroid Efficacy (PRICE) Trial. J Allergy Clin Immunol 119(1):73-80, 2007.

Hospital Affiliations

  • Colorado Permanente Medical Group

Academic Affiliations

Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary Disease Section, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

Teaching & Professional Positions

2006-Present: Chair, Department of Medicine, National Jewish Health
2004-2006: Acting Chair, Department of Medicine, National Jewish Health
1997-2005: Vice Chair, Department of Medicine, National Jewish Health
1993-2005, Head, Pulmonary Division

Website Information

Martin Lab

Conflicts of Interest

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