Dr. Michael D. Iseman Honored with the Union NAR Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. IsemanDr. Michael Iseman is the epitome of a gentleman physician/scholar and someone who dedicated his entire career to studying mycobacteria and caring for patients with mycobacterial diseases. He is a true giant in the field.

Dr. Iseman was Chief of the Division of Mycobacterial and Respiratory Infections at National Jewish Health from 1982 to 2004. Dr. Iseman remained on faculty until 2014 when he became Professor Emeritus. He is still very active with National and International lectures as well as writing. Under his leadership, the Division of Mycobacterial and Respiratory Infections evolved from the leading multidrug-resistant tuberculosis treatment program to one of the premier clinical programs for treatment of nontuberculous mycobacterial infections. During his tenure, he taught many of us about mycobacteria and, just as important, how to be better people.

As a teacher, Dr. Iseman is unequalled. He ran the Denver TB Course from 1983 until his retirement. Thousands of people have taken this course, the longest-
running TB Course in the U.S. He is the author of one of the most widely read texts on tuberculosis entitled ‘A Clinician’s Guide to Tuberculosis’, a true classic in the field. He has published over 175 research manuscripts, book chapters, reviews and editorials. His 1993 publication in the New England Journal of Medicine on how to treat multidrug-resistant tuberculosis was the roadmap that the world followed.

Dr. Iseman served as Editor-in-Chief of Tubercle and Lung Disease and then the first Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease from 1997 to 2002. His knowledge of mycobacteria, facilitated with the English language and perfect prose, are renowned.

Dr. Iseman has received numerous awards for his dedicated service including The James D. Bruce Public Health Award (American College of Physicians), Edward Livingston Trudeau Medal (American Thoracic Society, F. Murray Kornfeld Award (American College of Chest Physicians) and in 2010 the Lifetime Achievement Award at National Jewish Health.

Congratulations Dr. Iseman on your well-deserved Union North American Region Lifetime Achievement Award!