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National Jewish Health opened in 1899 as a tuberculosis sanatorium. Over the past century, the institution has grown in many ways but it has continued to provide state-of-the-art care for patients with tuberculosis, particularly those with drug-resistant disease. The Division of Mycobacterial and Respiratory Infections has expanded its services to include all patients with infectious diseases, particularly patients with nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) infections and other respiratory pathogens.

The two reference laboratories associated with the Division, the National Mycobacterial Reference Laboratory and the Pharmacokinetic Laboratories, provide unique laboratory support for the clinical service as well as world-class reference services for national and international clients.

The members of the Division have been active in provider education, and the education and training of new generations of mycobacterial experts. In collaboration with Denver Public Health, the Division has presented the Denver TB Course for several years making it one of the most successful TB courses in the United States. And finally, the Division is actively involved in both basic and patient-oriented research.

Our Specialists

  • Shannon H. Kasperbauer
    Shannon H. Kasperbauer, MD
  • Wendi Drummond
    Wendi Drummond, DO, MPH

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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.

Reasons to Visit National Jewish Health

  • The leading respiratory hospital in the nation and the only one devoted fully to the treatment of respiratory and related illnesses
  • Ranked as one of the top two hospitals in pulmonology every year since U.S. News & World Report included this category in its annual “Best Hospitals” survey
  • Ranked in the top 1 percent of hospitals in the nation by HCAHPS
  • Physicians frequently recognized as among the best in the nation by multiple services, including Best Doctors in America and Castle Connolly
  • Among the top 8 percent of organizations funded for research by the NIH, providing patients access to the latest clinical trials
  • 117-year history of focus on care, research and education serving thousands of patients with lung, heart, immune and related disorders


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Janet Hoffman was never one to sit on the sidelines, splitting her time between the sands of Vero Beach, Florida, and the mountains of Aspen, Colorado. After a year of chronic coughing and low energy though, she went to the only one place that had the answers  for her – National Jewish Health

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