Michael Salem, M.D., FACS, has served as President and CEO of National Jewish Health since January 2006. He also holds an appointment as Professor of Surgery at the University of Colorado Denver.
A native of Washington, D.C., Dr. Salem received his undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis, and his medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He completed his surgical residency training at Boston University Hospital and George Washington University Hospital. He also completed research and clinical fellowships in Critical Care Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
After the completion of his medical training, Dr. Salem practiced and taught general surgery and critical care at George Washington University Hospital, where he later served as Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery. Later in his career, Dr. Salem served as the Executive Vice President of a healthcare company that develops and commercializes biotechnology and medical technology products from academic medical centers.
Dr. Salem serves on the executive committee of the Board of Directors of SCL Health and the Council of National Trustees, Arts and Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis.