Dr. Thomas Fekete Appointed Chair of Medicine
at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

(Philadelphia, PA) – Thomas Fekete, MD, has been appointed Chair of Medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM). Dr. Fekete has served as Interim Chair of Medicine since November 2017.

A Temple veteran for nearly 35 years, Dr. Fekete joined the LKSOM medical staff in 1984 and has had various leadership roles including Section Chief of Infectious Diseases, and Executive Vice-Chair for Clinical Operations for the Department of Medicine. He is Professor of Medicine and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at LKSOM.

“Dr. Fekete’s outstanding skills as an academic physician, leader and educator have earned him the respect of his colleagues throughout the Health System and make him a superb choice for his role as Chair of Medicine,” said Larry R. Kaiser, MD, FACS, the Lewis Katz Dean at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, President and CEO of Temple University Health System, and Senior Executive Vice President for Health Affairs at Temple University. “I am confident that his talents will contribute significantly to supporting our mission, reinforcing our values of inclusiveness and academic rigor, providing a stimulating and collaborative environment for performing research, and advancing our commitment to delivering quality, empathic care to our patients.”

Dr. Fekete is a Fellow and Master of the American College of Physicians, Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and its Infectious Disease Board, Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and Vice Chair of its Foundation, and member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He also serves as Vice Chair on the Board of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. He has published in several key specialty journals and has earned several teaching honors at Temple, including the Lindback Award, Golden Apple Teaching Award, Russell and Pearl Moses Teaching Award, Outstanding Senior Educator Award, and Temple Great Teacher Award.

About Temple Health
Temple University Health System (TUHS) is a $2.1 billion academic health system dedicated to providing access to quality patient care and supporting excellence in medical education and research.   The Health System consists of Temple University Hospital (TUH), ranked among the “Best Hospitals” in the region by U.S. News & World Report; TUH-Episcopal Campus; TUH-Northeastern Campus; Fox Chase Cancer Center, an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center;  Jeanes Hospital, a community-based hospital offering medical, surgical and emergency services; Temple Transport Team, a ground and air-ambulance company; and Temple Physicians, Inc., a network of community-based specialty and primary-care physician practices.  TUHS is affiliated with the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, and Temple University Physicians, which is Temple Health’s physician practice plan comprised of more than 500 full-time and part-time academic physicians in 20 clinical departments.

The Lewis Katz School of Medicine (LKSOM), established in 1901, is one of the nation’s leading medical schools.  Each year, the School of Medicine educates approximately 840 medical students and 140 graduate students. Based on its level of funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Katz School of Medicine is the second-highest ranked medical school in Philadelphia and the third-highest in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  According to U.S. News & World Report, LKSOM is among the top 10 most applied-to medical schools in the nation.

Temple Health refers to the health, education and research activities carried out by the affiliates of Temple University Health System (TUHS) and by the Katz School of Medicine.  TUHS neither provides nor controls the provision of health care. All health care is provided by its member organizations or independent health care providers affiliated with TUHS member organizations. Each TUHS member organization is owned and operated pursuant to its governing documents.

Jeremy Walter

Date Published: Friday, July 27, 2018