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Senior Vice Dean's Biography

Verdi J. DiSesa, MD, MBA

Senior Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
President and CEO, Temple University Hospital
Chief Operating Officer, Temple University Health System
Professor, Surgery

Dr. Verdi J. DiSesa, MD, MBA is a recognized academic executive, cardiac surgeon, researcher and author. At Temple he serves as Chief Operating Officer of the Temple University Health System, Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs, President and CEO of Temple University Hospital, and Professor of Surgery in the Lewis Katz School of Medicine (LKSOM).

An AOA graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. DiSesa trained in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and subsequently completed his internship and residency in General Surgery as well as a fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Boston and Harvard Medical School. He has been certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Surgery, the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, and the American College of Healthcare Executives. He obtained his MBA at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

After completing his training, Dr. DiSesa joined the faculty as Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and the medical staff in cardiac surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital where he also was Surgical Director of Heart Transplantation. Following that, Dr. DiSesa moved to Philadelphia to join the cardiac surgery staff at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, serving also as Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. At Penn, Dr. DiSesa established his laboratory, concentrating on the study of the immunobiology of heart transplantation. He was then recruited to the Medical College of Pennsylvania where he was promoted to Professor of Surgery.

In 1998, Dr. DiSesa moved to the Rush University Medical College, where he served as the Mary and John Bent Professor, Chair of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and Surgical Director of the Rush Heart Institute. In 2001, he was recruited to the Chester County Hospital where he founded and led the CardioVascular Center and established the division of Cardiac Surgery. 

Prior to joining Temple, Dr. DiSesa worked in the Cardiac Surgical ICU at Johns Hopkins after returning from Dubai where he was Chair of Surgery and Chief Medical Officer of Dubai University Hospital, a collaborative project with Harvard Medical School.

Dr. DiSesa’s research and clinical interests include postoperative cardiac surgical management, including the use of inotropic agents, and clinical and experimental heart transplantation. He has a particular interest in xenotransplantation. He is the author or co-author of multiple book chapters and nearly 150 original papers, and is a current or past editorial board member of the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, for which he served as founding Associate Editor for Adult Cardiac Surgery CME and subsequently Deputy Editor for Adult Cardiac Surgery, the Journal of Cardiac Surgery, and the European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery. He has served as a manuscript reviewer for several surgical journals.

Dr. DiSesa has held a number of leadership capacities for professional societies and associations, and currently serves on the Relative Value Update Committee of the American Medical Association, the Industry Advisory Council of the Lehigh University program in Health Systems Engineering, the Board of the Kynett Foundation, and the Board of Health Partners Plans.