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Lung Center Leadership

The Temple Lung Center is led by some of the nation’s most experienced and well-respected doctors and researchers — "Top Docs" in their field who regularly lead and participate in groundbreaking research in search of better treatments. These leaders foster a team approach to care among their colleagues, helping ensure that you receive the best course of treatment for your diagnosis.

Gerard J. Criner, MD
Director, Department of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery

Dr. Criner is an international leader in pulmonary care. An active researcher who has more than 300 scientific publications to his credit, Dr. Criner focuses on investigating new therapies for COPD, emphysema and other advanced lung conditions.


Francis Cordova - Medical Director, Lung Transplantation Program

Francis Cordova, MD
Medical Director, Lung Transplantation Program

Dr. Cordova oversees Temple’s rapidly expanding Lung Transplantation Program, which now ranks as one of the busiest on the East Coast. He is a member of the American Thoracic Society and the American College of Chest Physicians.


Abbas El-Sayed Abbas, MD, MS

Abbas El-Sayed Abbas, MD, MS, FACS
Thoracic Surgeon-in-Chief and Surgical Director of Lung Cancer, Thoracic Malignancy and Foregut Disease Programs

Dr. Abbas is the lead thoracic surgeon at Temple University Hospital and also oversees the thoracic surgery team. Certified by both the American Board of Surgery and Thoracic Surgery, Dr. Abbas’ world-class robotic skills are often called upon to mentor other surgeons interested in learning these techniques. 


Yoshiya Toyoda, MD, PhD

Yoshiya Toyoda, MD, PhD
Surgical Director, Thoracic Transplantation

One of the nation’s most respected and innovative lung transplant surgeons, Dr. Toyoda is highly experienced in lung and heart-lung transplantation. He has performed more than 600 lung and heart-lung transplants, and pioneered many surgical techniques and procedures, including minimally invasive approach for lung transplantation, concomitant coronary artery bypass surgery, and combined heart-lung transplantation for anatomically complex congenital heart diseases. He has published more than 500 peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters and abstracts. He has mentored numerous cardiothoracic surgeons who now take leadership roles nationally and internationally. He is a member of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation.


Norihisa Shigemura, MD, PhD

Norihisa Shigemura, MD, PhD
Surgical Director, Lung Transplantation and Lung Failure

Dr. Shigemura’s clinical and research interests include advanced lung failure/end-stage lung disease; lung transplantation; thoracic surgery; extracorporeal circulatory support; artificial lungs; lung repair/regeneration; and organ protection/preservation. He has also been awarded funding for his research on dual ex vivo lung perfusion techniques after lung transplantation.


TJ Rogers - Director, Center for Inflammation, Translational and Clinical Lung Research

Thomas Rogers, PhD
Director, Center for Inflammation, Translational and Clinical Lung Research

Dr. Rogers oversees the scientific and educational missions of the Center for Inflammation, Translational and Clinical Lung Research. An active researcher who has spent more than three decades at Temple, Dr. Rogers’ research focus is on chemokine, opioid and formyl peptide receptors and the role they play in the regulation of inflammatory responses.