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Leadership

The Temple Lung Center is led by some of the nation’s most experienced and well-respected doctors and researchers — “Top Docs” in their field who regularly lead and participate in groundbreaking research in search of better treatments. These leaders foster a team approach to care among their colleagues, helping ensure that you receive the best course of treatment for your diagnosis.

Gerard Criner

Gerard J. Criner, MD

Chair and Professor, Thoracic Medicine and Surgery, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Director, Department of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery, Temple University Hospital

Dr. Criner is an international leader in pulmonary care. An active researcher who has more than 300 scientific publications to his credit, Dr. Criner focuses on investigating new therapies for COPD, emphysema and other advanced lung conditions.

 

Francis Cordova

Francis Cordova, MD

Professor, Thoracic Medicine and Surgery, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Medical Director, Lung Transplantation Program, Temple University Hospital

Dr. Cordova oversees Temple’s rapidly expanding Lung Transplantation Program, which now ranks as one of the busiest on the East Coast. He is a member of the American Thoracic Society and the American College of Chest Physicians.

 

Abbas Abbas

Abbas E. Abbas, MD, MS

Vice Chair and Associate Professor, Thoracic Medicine and Surgery, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Thoracic Surgeon-in-Chief and Surgical Director of Lung Cancer, Thoracic Malignancy and Foregut Disease Programs for Temple University Health System

Dr. Abbas is the lead thoracic surgeon at Temple University Hospital and also oversees the thoracic surgery team. Certified by both the American Board of Surgery and Thoracic Surgery, Dr. Abbas’ world-class robotic skills are often called upon to mentor other surgeons interested in learning these techniques. 

 

Yoshiya Toyoda

Yoshiya Toyoda, MD, PhD

Chief, Cardiovascular Surgery, Temple University Hospital
Surgical Director of Thoracic Transplantation, Temple University Hospital
Director, Mechanical Circulatory Support, Temple University Hospital
Co-Surgical Director, Temple Heart & Vascular Institute

One of the nation’s most respected and innovative lung transplant surgeons, Dr. Toyoda is highly experienced in lung and heart-lung transplantation. He has performed more than 600 lung and heart-lung transplants, and pioneered many surgical techniques and procedures, including minimally invasive approach for lung transplantation, concomitant coronary artery bypass surgery, and combined heart-lung transplantation for anatomically complex congenital heart diseases. He has published more than 500 peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters and abstracts. He has mentored numerous cardiothoracic surgeons who now take leadership roles nationally and internationally. He is a member of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation.

Norihisa Shigemura, MD, PhD

Surgical Director of Lung Transplantation, Temple University Hospital
Surgical Director of Lung Failure, Temple University Hospital

Dr. Shigemura’s clinical and research interests include advanced lung failure/end-stage lung disease; lung transplantation; thoracic surgery; extracorporeal circulatory support; artificial lungs; lung repair/regeneration; and organ protection/preservation. He has also been awarded funding for his research on dual ex vivo lung perfusion techniques after lung transplantation.

 

Thomas Rogers

Thomas Rogers, PhD

Director, Center for Inflammation, Translational and Clinical Lung Research
Professor, Pharmacology
Associate Professor, Fels Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Biology
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

Dr. Rogers oversees the scientific and educational missions of the Center for Inflammation, Translational and Clinical Lung Research. An active researcher who has spent more than three decades at Temple, Dr. Rogers’ research focus is on chemokine, opioid and formyl peptide receptors and the role they play in the regulation of inflammatory responses.