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Pulmonary Hypertension & Right Heart Failure

William R. Auger, MD

William R. Auger
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Pulmonary Hypertension and Right Heart Failure

about me
about me
Clinical Interests
  • Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension
  • Acute thromboembolism
  • Post PE syndrome
Research Interests
  • Natural history of deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism
  • Treatment of acute and chronic pulmonary embolic disease
  • Direct visualization and imaging of pulmonary thromboembolism
  • MD, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY
  • Fellowship, Pulmonary and Critical Care, UCSD Medical Center, San Diego, CA
  • Fellowship, Critical Care, Ellis Hospital, Schenectady, NY 
  • Residency, Medicine, Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY
Board Certification
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Member, American Thoracic Society
  • Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians
  • Member, Pulmonary Hypertension Association
  • Member, International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation
  • Member, International CTEPH Association (ICA)
Awards and Honors
  • Recipient, American Lung Association Research Training Fellowship, 1987–89
  • Dupont Critical Care/ACCP Young Investigator Award, 1989
  • Will Rogers Institute — Pulmonary Research Fellowship
  • Faculty Physician of the Year, UCSD Medical Center, 1995–96
  • Senior Mentor, UCSD Junior faculty Mentorship Program, National Center of Leadership in Academic Medicine (NCLAM), 1999
  • Inaugural Member, Academy of Clinician Scholars, UCSD Medical Center, 2002–2004
  • America’s Top Physicians, Consumers’ Research Council of America, 2003–2004, 2004–2005, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Elected Member, Academy of Clinician Scholars, UCSD Medical Center, 2005–present
  • Best Doctors in America, 2005–2011, 2013–2018
  • Top Doctors in San Diego County (Pulmonary Diseases), 2005–2015
  • Top Doctors in San Diego County (Critical Care Medicine), 2007
  • America’s Top Doctors 2010–2018 (Castle Connolly Medical 9th–17th Editions)
  • US News and World Report’s “Top Doctors,” 2011–2012, 2012–2013
  • Selected Member, “The Leading Physicians of the World”, IAHCP (Pulmonologist), 2013

Office Locations

Temple Heart & Vascular Institute

Temple University Hospital – Main Campus

3509 N. Broad Street

Boyer Pavilion, 4th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19140


Selected Publications

Dembitsky WP, Daily PO, Moser KM, Auger WR. Pulmonary thromboendarterectomy as the preferred alternative to heart-lung transplantation for chronic pulmonary embolism. Cardiac Surgery: State of the Art Reviews 1989; 3(3):577-582.

Moser KM, Auger WR, Fedullo PF. Chronic, major vessel thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension. Circulation 1990; 81:1735-1743.

Daily PO, Dembitsky WP, Iversen S, Moser KM, Auger WR. Risk factors for pulmonary thromboendarterectomy. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 1990; 99:670-678.

Winkler MH, Rohrer CH, Ratty SC, Jamieson S, Dembitsky W, Moser KM, Auger WR. Perfusion techniques of profound hypothermia and circulatory arrest for pulmonary thromboendarterectomy. J Extra-Corporeal Tech 1990; 22(2):57-60.

Olman MA, Auger WR, Fedullo PF, Moser KM. Pulmonary vascular steal in chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension. Chest 1990; 98:1430-1434.

Daily PO, Dembitsky WP, Iversen S, Moser KM, Auger WR. Current early results of pulmonary thromboendarterectomy for chronic pulmonary embolism. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg 1990; 4(3):117-121.

Chen P-S, Moser KM, Dembitsky WP, Auger WR, Daily PO, Jamieson SW, Calisi CM, Feld GK. Patterns of epicardial activation and repolarization in patients with right ventricular hypertrophy. Circulation 1991; 83(1):104-118.

Auger WR, Fedullo PF, Moser KM, Buchbinder M, Peterson KL. Chronic Major-Vessel Thromboembolic Pulmonary Artery Obstruction: Appearance at angiography. Radiology 1992; 182:393-398.

Moser KM, Auger WR, Fedullo PF, Jamieson SW. Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension: Clinical picture and surgical treatment. Eur Respir J 1992; 5:334-342.

Jamieson SW, Auger WR, Fedullo PF, Channick R, Kriett JM, Tarazi RY, Moser KM. Experience and results of 150 pulmonary thromboendarterectomy operations over a 29 month period. J Thoracic Cardiovasc Surg 1993; 106:116-27.

Moser KM, Metersky ML, Auger WR, Fedullo PF. Resolution of vascular steal after pulmonary thromboendarterectomy. Chest 1993; 104:1441-1444.

King MA, Bergin CH, Yeung D, Belezzouli E, Olson L, Ashburn W, Auger WR, Moser KM. Chronic pulmonary thromboembolism: detection of regional hypoperfusion with CT. Radiology 1994; 191:359-363.

Johnson CJ, Auger WR, Fedullo PF, Dimsdale JE. Methylphenidate in the “Hard to Wean” patient. J Psychosomatic Research 1995; 39:63-68.

Yi ES, Auger WR, Friedman PJ, Morris TA, Shin SS. Intravascular bronchiolo-alveolar tumor of the lung presenting as pulmonary thromboembolic disease and pulmonary hypertension. Arch Pathol Lab Med 1995; 119:255-260.

Kerr KM, Auger WR, Fedullo PF, Channick RN, Moser KM, Large vessel pulmonary arteritis mimicking chronic thromboembolic disease. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 1995; 152:367-373.