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Dr. Larry Kaiser, President and CEO of Temple University Health System, Recognized as One of the 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives by Modern Healthcare

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Larry Kaiser, MD, FACS

Larry R. Kaiser, MD, FACS, President & CEO of Temple University Health System, the Lewis Katz Dean at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and Senior Executive Vice President for Health Affairs at Temple University, has been named one of the “50 Most Influential Clinical Executives” for 2019 by Modern Healthcare. The complete ranking is featured in the June 17 issue of Modern Healthcare magazine, and profiles of the winners are available at
The recognition program acknowledges clinicians working in the healthcare industry who are deemed by their peers and an expert panel to be the most influential in terms of demonstrating leadership and impact. 

“I’m proud to be recognized by Modern Healthcare for this great honor,” said Dr. Kaiser. “This recognition truly is a testament to the quality, skill and commitment of the entire leadership team at Temple as well as all of those who work across Temple’s healthcare enterprise.” 

Prior to arriving at Temple in 2011, Dr. Kaiser served as the President of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine and completed a residency in General Surgery as well as a fellowship in Surgical Oncology at UCLA. Dr. Kaiser then completed a residency in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at the University of Toronto.  Following faculty appointments at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Kaiser went to the University of Pennsylvania, in 1991, where he held positions including Associate Professor of Surgery, Chief of General Thoracic Surgery, Founder and Director of Penn’s Lung Transplantation Program, and Director of its Center for Lung Cancers and Related Disorders. In 2001 he was named the John Rhea Barton Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery and the University Health System’s Surgeon-in-Chief. 

Dr. Kaiser is the author or co-author of 16 books and more than 300 peer-reviewed papers, and is a member of every major surgical society. In 2005 he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences). His recent honors include citations in Castle Connolly’s America’s Top Doctors for Cancer, Who’s Who in the World and Philadelphia magazine’s “Top Doctors,” among others. Dr. Kaiser maintains time in his schedule at Temple for a limited surgical practice.  

“By putting former frontline clinicians in charge of leading the transformation in healthcare, organizations have leveraged their greatest assets. Throughout the country are examples of former and practicing physicians and nurses leading healthcare organizations towards greater quality of care, patient satisfaction and improved margins,” said Aurora Aguilar, editor of Modern Healthcare. “Our 2019 class of the 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives is comprised of a doctor who has helped drive growth in value-based reimbursement at one of the country’s largest providers, a physician who has revolutionized patient recovery in rehabilitation, a chief nursing officer who led efficiency efforts throughout the care process at a large health system, and a physician who managed to make huge waves at a federal agency while maintaining bipartisan support. Modern Healthcare congratulates the winners and thanks them for their contributions to patient care.”