Patient Care

Non Tuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM)

Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are cousins of tuberculosis but do not cause disease in most individuals. They are widespread in the environment and can be isolated from water, soil, food products, and domestic and wild animals. Originally it was thought that nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) infections of the lungs occur in patients with pre-existing conditions such as COPD. However more recently, these bacteria have been recognized to cause lung diseases in otherwise seemingly healthy human beings and have become a focus as an emerging pathogen of the lung.

When lung disease occurs, symptoms typically progress slowly and may include sputum production with bloody sputum, fever, fatigue, loss of energy, night sweats, lack of appetite and weight loss
The University of Miami has a dedicated bronchiectasis/nontuberculous mycobacterial clinic with a research focus on the treatment of these diseases.

Dr. Matthias Salathe and Dr. Andreas Schmid and Dr. Andreas Schmid specialize in the care of patients with NTM infections. They see patients mainly in Miami, but on a monthly basis also in the UM Satellite clinic in Boca Raton. (Link to UM profile of physician)

The University of Miami Health System offers several ways to request an appointment with these physicians. You can make an appointment by calling Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Eastern Time at 305-243-4000 or toll-free 1-800-432-0191. Appointments can also be requested online at:

For patients with NTM infections interested in participation of clinical studies, please follow the link to the division’s research page (link to research) for further contact information.