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National Jewish Health Leadership Event Features World-Renowned Physicians, Researchers and Health Care Leaders - Celebrating 125 years


National Jewish Health, the leading  respiratory hospital in the nation, will host Mapping the Future: Health Care and Discovery Science, a three-day meeting of the organization’s Board of Directors, Council of National Trustees and friends. The more than 300 attendees will hear from innovators in medical science, technology and the health care industry, who are leading the way in care and research to help millions of children and adults. The triennial event takes place April 30 – May 2, 2024, on the National Jewish Health campus.

“Building on 125 years of excellence, pioneering medical breakthroughs and a culture of patient-centered, coordinated care, we are at the forefront of an era of discovery and innovation in medicine,” said Michael Salem, MD, president and CEO of National Jewish Health. “This is an important event that brings together leaders from across Colorado and more than 20 states around the country to learn about our world-class care and innovative research, as well as to help guide the future of National Jewish Health.”

A special presentation from Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin will highlight the agenda. In addition, there will be presentations from health care leaders from Intermountain Health, Craig Hospital, and Microsoft Health as well as from internationally recognized National Jewish Health physicians and scientists.

Topics and research updates covered over the three-day agenda include: climate change and respiratory health; preventing childhood allergies and asthma; the use of artificial intelligence in health care; resiliency among health care providers and health systems; regenerating damaged airways; and the connection between the heart and lungs in many of the diseases treated at National Jewish Health. Colorado Governor Jared Polis and Denver Mayor Mike Johnston will welcome and address the attendees during the event. Video messages will be delivered from both Colorado Senators.

This year’s retreat also highlights the kick-off of a year-long celebration of the 125th anniversary of National Jewish Health. First opened in 1899 as a free hospital for homeless patients during the last respiratory pandemic (tuberculosis) for which there were no cures, the organization’s mission continues to focus on caring for all regardless of ability to pay; providing patient-centered, coordinated care; and building knowledge through innovative research and education.  Since those early days, National Jewish Health is globally recognized as the leader in the research and treatment of respiratory, cardiac, immune and related diseases.

National Jewish Health is the leading respiratory hospital in the nation. Founded 125 years ago as a nonprofit hospital, National Jewish Health today is the only facility in the world dedicated exclusively to groundbreaking medical research and treatment of children and adults with respiratory, cardiac, immune and related disorders. Patients and families come to National Jewish Health from around the world to receive cutting-edge, comprehensive, coordinated care. To learn more, visit the media resources page.

We have many faculty members, from bench scientists to clinicians, who can speak on almost any aspect of respiratory, immune, cardiac and gastrointestinal disease as well as lung cancer and basic immunology.

Our team is available to arrange interviews, discuss events and story ideas.