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Dr. Norihisa Shigemura Appointed Surgical Director of Lung Failure and Lung Transplantation at Temple University Hospital

News November 14, 2017

Norihisa Shigemura, MD, PhD, has been appointed Surgical Director of Lung Failure, and Surgical Director of Lung Transplantation at Temple University Hospital (TUH), and Associate Professor of Surgery at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM).

Dr. Shigemura earned his medical degree from Osaka University School of Medicine in Osaka, Japan. He completed a general surgery residency at Ohtemae General Hospital in Osaka, Japan, as well as cardiovascular surgery and thoracic surgery residencies at Osaka Prefectural Hospital in Osaka, Japan. In addition, Dr. Shigemura completed cardiothoracic surgery fellowships in Osaka, Japan; Hong Kong, China; and at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UMPC) in Pittsburgh, PA.

Dr. Shigemura’s clinical and research interests include advanced lung failure/ end-stage lung disease; lung transplantation; minimally invasive thoracic surgery; extracorporeal circulatory support; artificial lungs; lung repair/regeneration; and organ protection/preservation.

“I am pleased to welcome Dr. Shigemura to the Temple team,” says Yoshiya Toyoda, MD, PhD, William Maul Measey Professor of Surgery at LKSOM, and Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery and Surgical Director of Thoracic Transplantation at Temple University Hospital. “Dr. Shigemura is passionate about his work and is one of the finest surgeons I had the pleasure of training and working with during my time at UPMC. I am confident he will make a significant contribution to our transplant program at Temple.”

Prior to joining Temple, Dr. Shigemura served as Director of the Integrated Lung Transplant Research Program and Surgical Associate Director of the Lung Transplant Program at UPMC. He was also an Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

“I am very excited to bring my clinical experience and research expertise in lung failure and transplantation to Temple where I can meet the diverse needs of our patients,” says Dr. Shigemura. “In partnership with my Temple colleagues, I look forward to offering first-rate multidisciplinary care while continuing to advance the study of cardiothoracic surgery.”

An active researcher with more than 100 publications and presentations to his credit, Dr. Shigemura is a reviewer of more than a dozen professional journals and is the Associate Editor of Transplant International, the official journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation. He is a member of the American Society of Transplantation, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. He is also a board member of the Transplant Network Steering Committee of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) and was the recipient of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Research Award in 2016.