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Larry R. Kaiser, MD, FACS

The Lewis Katz Dean at the School of Medicine
Senior Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, Temple University
President and CEO, Temple University Health System
Professor, Thoracic Medicine and Surgery

An internationally renowned academic executive, thoracic surgeon, researcher and author, Larry R. Kaiser, MD, FACS is CEO of Temple University Health System, Senior Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, and Dean of the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University.

Prior to joining Temple, he was President of UTHealth, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, where he was responsible for six schools, more than 10,000 faculty and trainees, and a 900-member physician practice.

A graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine, Dr. Kaiser completed his internship and residency in General Surgery as well as a fellowship in Surgical Oncology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He then completed a residency in cardiovascular surgery and thoracic surgery at the University of Toronto.

Following that, Dr. Kaiser moved to New York to join the thoracic surgery staff at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, serving also as Assistant Professor of Surgery at Cornell University Medical College. He was then recruited to Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, where he was promoted to Associate Professor of Surgery.

In 1991, Dr. Kaiser was recruited to the University of Pennsylvania, where he held a succession of positions, including Associate Professor of Surgery, Chief of General Thoracic Surgery, Founder and Director of Penn’s Lung Transplantation Program, and Director of its Center for Lung Cancers and Related Disorders.

In 1995, he was promoted to Professor of Surgery at Penn, and in 1996 was named the Eldridge Eliason Professor of Surgery, the first individual to hold that chair. In 2001, following a national search, Penn named him the John Rhea Barton Professor and Chairman of the Department Surgery. He also served as the University Health System’s surgeon-in-chief.

In 2008, Dr. Kaiser was selected as the President of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, where he served until he was recruited to Temple University to head the Health Science enterprise.

Dr. Kaiser’s research and clinical interests include lung cancer, malignant mesothelioma and mediastinal tumors. He is the author or co-author of 14 books and over 250 original papers, and is a current or past editorial board member of the Annals of Surgery, the American Journal of Surgery, the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, and a half dozen other journals.

Dr. Kaiser has served in a number of leadership capacities for professional societies and associations, and has been a director of the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. In 2004, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. His recent honors include citations in Castle Connolly’s America’s Top Doctors® for Cancer 6th edition, Who’s Who in the World, and Philadelphia magazine’s “Top Docs,” among others.

Dr. Kaiser maintains time in his schedule at Temple for a limited surgical practice.