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Larry Kaiser, MD, FACS, to be Formally Invested as the Inaugural Lewis Katz Dean at Temple’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine

Larry Kaiser, MD, FACSOn Tuesday, September 27, at a ceremony at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, Larry R. Kaiser, MD, FACS will be formally invested as the inaugural Lewis Katz Dean.

This chair – the first endowed named dean’s chair at Temple – is part of the largest gift in Temple University history, which was directed to the School of Medicine by the late businessman and philanthropist Lewis Katz, ’63 (1942-2014). As part of Mr. Katz’s historic commitment to the medical school, a portion of that gift has gone to creating a new, endowed dean’s fund which will allow the dean of the School of Medicine to address the areas of greatest need and opportunity. The dean shall heretofore be known as the Lewis Katz Dean at the School of Medicine.

“The Lewis Katz Dean’s Chair will have a powerful impact on the ability of myself, and all the deans who follow me, to advance the mission and vision of our School of Medicine,” notes Larry R. Kaiser, MD, FACS, Dean of the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, Senior Executive Vice President for Health Affairs at Temple University and President and CEO of Temple University Health System. “And on a personal note, to be the inaugural holder of this chair and to proudly carry the name of Lewis Katz – such a transformational figure in Temple’s history and one who had become a dear friend to me – will be one of the great honors of my life.”

Katz, a 1963 Temple graduate, was a longtime trustee and a steadfast benefactor of the University, its Health System and its School of Medicine. In October 2015, as a tribute to his lifetime of service, and a recognition of his core values of hard work, dedication and making a difference, the School of Medicine was named in his honor. Lewis Katz’s final gift has been transformative for the now-Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. In addition to establishing and endowing the new Dean’s Chair, this gift funds new medical scholarships, advances medical research and helps to build the school’s endowment.

Dr. Kaiser, who has served as dean since 2011, will be formally invested in a ceremony at the Medical Education and Research Building at 6 PM on Tuesday, September 27. This ceremony will be attended by medical school leaders, trustees, Lewis’ son Drew Katz and family and friends, among others. Speakers will include:

  • Temple University Acting President Richard M. Englert, EdD
  • Temple University Board of Trustees Chairman Patrick J. O’Connor, Esq.
  • Senior Associate Dean of Research at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University Stephen R. Houser, PhD, FAHA
  • Chair of the Department of Surgery at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University Amy J. Goldberg, MD, FACS
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center Foundation Board Member Lindy Snider
  • Temple University Trustee Drew Katz

To learn more about Lewis Katz and the now Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, please visit

To learn more about Dr. Larry R. Kaiser, please visit

Date Published: Tuesday, September 27, 2016