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Joseph Friedberg, MD, FACS

Thoracic Surgeon-in-Chief, Temple University Health System
Vice Chair, Surgical Services, Department of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery
Co-Director, Temple Health Mesothelioma and Pleural Disease Program
Professor, Thoracic Medicine and Surgery

Joseph Friedberg
For Patients
About Me

Clinical Interests

  • Mesothelioma and other disorders of the pleura
  • Advanced/complicated lung cancer
  • Chest wall tumors
  • Mediastinal tumors

Research Interests

  • Utilizing the abdominal cavity for respiration
  • Detection and treatment of pulmonary air leaks
  • Mesothelioma translational and clinical research
  • Lung cancer translational and clinical research
Education, Training & Credentials

Educational Background

  • Fellowship, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Residency, General Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
  • MD, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • BASc, Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania College of Engineering and Applied Science, Philadelphia, PA


  • Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery


  • American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS)
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS)
  • International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig)
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
  • International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC)
  • American College of Surgeons (ACS)
  • General Thoracic Surgical Club (GTSC)
  • Eastern Cardiothoracic Surgical Society (ECTSS)

Honors & Awards

  • Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors
  • Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors for Cancer