Dr. William Auger Joins Temple as Chronic
Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension Specialist

(Philadelphia, PA) – William R. Auger, MD, has joined Temple University Hospital as a pulmonologist in the Pulmonary Hypertension, Right Heart Failure and Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension (CTEPH) Program in the Temple Heart and Vascular Institute, and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. Dr. Auger was most recently Director of the CTEPH Program at UCSD Healthcare in San Diego – the nation’s number one CTEPH/Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy (PTE) program by volume and Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at UCSD School of Medicine. He served as Medical Director of UCSD’s PTE Program for nearly 15 years.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Auger and his decades of experience in treating CTEPH to Temple,” says Paul Forfia, MD, Director of the Pulmonary Hypertension, Right Heart Failure and CTEPH Program at TUH. “Temple’s program has been one of the most active and rapidly growing in the United States, performing more than 150 PTE procedures since 2013. Dr. Auger’s arrival will further advance what we’re already able to offer patients and it speaks volumes about the program’s reputation that he would choose to join our team.”

Dr. Auger completed a pulmonary and critical care fellowship at UC San Diego Medical Center and a critical care fellowship at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, NY. He previously completed his residency at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY, and earned his medical degree from University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

“I look forward to bringing my experience in treating CTEPH to Temple,” says Dr. Auger. “Patients with this rare but increasingly diagnosed condition turn to Temple more than anywhere else on the East Coast, and it’s an honor to join the ranks of this distinguished team of physicians.”

An experienced clinician and active researcher, Dr. Auger has hundreds of publications and presentations to his credit. He is Chair of the International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation’s CTEPH Council, Chair of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association’s SLC CTEPH Working Group, and an editorial board consultant and reviewer for more than a dozen professional journals. He is consistently named one of the nation’s top doctors by a variety of publications.

The success of Temple’s program relies on a team of experts – including cardiology specialists in pulmonary hypertension, interventional cardiology, thoracic imaging and cardiovascular surgery – for optimal preoperative assessment, surgical care, and postoperative patient management.  Dr. Auger will be joining this dedicated and highly specialized CTEPH team which includes cardiologists Drs. Paul Forfia, Anjali Vaidya and Riyaz Bashir, and cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Yoshiya Toyoda.

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 more than 800 medical students and approximately 240 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: Monday, November 5, 2018