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The Man Behind the “Denver TB Course”

Professor of Medicine
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Denver, Colorado

Dr. Iseman is a Professor of Medicine in the Divisions of Pulmonary Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the University of Colorado.

Dr. Michael D. Iseman grew up in Fremont, Nebraska. He received an A.B. with honors in history from Princeton University in 1961 and an M.D. from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1965.

After his internship and junior residency in medicine at the Columbia service at Bellevue Hospital (1965-1967), he served as a medical officer in the U.S. Navy (1967-1969). He returned to New York City to complete his medicine residency and fellowship in pulmonary medicine on the Columbia Service at Harlem Hospital (1969-1972).

In 1972 he joined the faculty of the University of Colorado School of Medicine. For 10 years he was on the staff of Denver General Hospital, including directorship of the Metropolitan TB Clinic.

In 1982, Dr. Iseman joined the faculty of the National Jewish Medical and Research Center, acting as Director of the Mycobacterial Disease Service from 1982-2004. He served as an Associate Editor (for TB) for the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine from 1984 to 1989 and was Editor-in-Chief of The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (Paris) from 1997-2002.

In addition to numerous articles and editorials, Dr. Iseman single-authored a textbook, “A Clinician’s Guide to Tuberculosis” (Lippincott, 2000). He has lectured in 47 states and 36 foreign countries and has served as a consultant to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization for TB. Dr. Iseman has been Director of “The Denver TB Course” from 1983 to the present, hosting over 3,000 physicians, nurses and public health workers in this period.