Dr. Michael Iseman

Dr. IsemanWorld-renowned tuberculosis expert Dr. Michael Iseman, the Girard and Madeline Beno Chair in Mycobacterial Diseases, is saying farewell to National Jewish Health with his retirement. Dr. Iseman has played an integral role at the institution, teaching thousands of health care providers worldwide about the diagnosis and treatment of TB in the longest running TB course in the U.S. Recognized as one of the giants in the field of tuberculosis, he has tirelessly practiced and promoted Directly Observed Therapy (DOT) for TB, a very effective method for treating patients and preventing the development and spread of drug-resistant disease. Dr. Iseman also is the author of the highly popular textbook, A Clinician’s Guide to Tuberculosis. A member of the Advisory Board of Partners in Health, a global organization, Dr. Iseman taught courses in Peru and Russia. In 2005, Dr. Iseman received the American Thoracic Society’s highest honor, the Edward Livingston Trudeau Medal. The award is presented each year to an individual who has made “lifelong major contributions to prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of lung disease through leadership in research, education or clinical care.” 



Dr. IsemanDr. Iseman began his career at National Jewish Health in 1982 when he was recruited to head the TB program. A senior pulmonologist at the institution, Dr. Iseman was Chief of the Division of Mycobacterial and Respiratory Infections until 2004. During this time, Dr. Iseman lectured in 47 states and 34 foreign countries. Dr. Iseman continues as Professor Emeritus to travel and educate on behalf of National Jewish Health.

From 1983-2006, he was the course director of The TB Course, a professional education course offered semi-annually for the past 50 years to assist health care professionals worldwide in the diagnosis and treatment of TB. Over the past five decades, roughly 10,000 have attended the course. Attendees have included many TB staff from the CDC, state and city controllers from all 50 states, and specialists from all branches of the U.S. military.

Dr. Iseman’s expertise in Directly Observed Therapy for the treatment of TB has played a major role in the adoption first by the United States and then by the World Health Organization of this model of treatment. DOT places responsibility for supervising and assuring treatment on public health authorities and has played a major role in reducing the incidence of TB in general and drug-resistant TB in particular in the U.S. This is perhaps the greatest legacy of the National Jewish Health TB program in the past half-century.


Fun Facts

  • Princeton College football starting running back for three years  
  • Member of the Old Blue Rugby Football Club while in medical school and residency; inducted into the Official Princeton Rugby Football Club (OPRFC) Hall of Fame in 2009
  • U.S. Navy Medical Corps
  • Fisherman
  • Baseball fanatic
  • Wife, 2 sons, and 1 very precious granddaughter