About Us

The Global Tuberculosis Institute (GTBI) is an integral part of the Rutgers, New Jersey Medical School and division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. The medical directors from the Global Tuberculosis Institute hold faculty positions at NJMS and also attend in the MICU, as well as on the Pulmonary and TB Consult services at University Hospital. The Institute is a founding component of the International Center for Public Health and is strategically positioned to respond to the global tuberculosis emergency.
The mission of the Global Tuberculosis Institute is to advance tuberculosis care through excellence in research, practice and teaching. The Institute’s goals are to:

  • Decrease tuberculosis morbidity through state-of-the-art diagnostic, treatment and prevention programs
  • Create a cadre of interacting clinical and research scientists with a prime interest in the intersection of basic science, clinical and epidemiological aspects of tuberculosis
  • Develop and apply innovative diagnostic, therapeutic, behavioral, preventive and educational modalities for tuberculosis
  • Provide an internationally recognized training center offering courses and affiliations at all levels to improve the skills needed by physicians, nurses, epidemiologists and other health-related professionals

Over the years, our institute has had tremendous success in developing proven effective practices, which are shared with others involved in the fight against tuberculosis.

History

TB disease in the United States soared to unprecedented levels during the early 1990s because of neglect. In response to this resurgence, the New Jersey Medical School National Tuberculosis Center was established in 1993. Under the direction of Lee B. Reichman, MD, MPH, it achieved federal designation as a national Model Tuberculosis Prevention and Control Center in 1994, indicating its success in delivering state-of-the-art treatment, providing education and training and conducting cutting-edge research. To reflect this expanding commitment to stamp out the disease even in the most remote locales, the Center changed its name to the Global Tuberculosis Institute in 2006.