01. Doctor Overview

Doctor Overview

Dr. Cherie P. Erkmen is the director of the Lung Cancer Screening Program at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She also serves as a professor of thoracic medicine and surgery, professor at the Center for Asian Health and the director of the Thoracic Surgery Residency Program at Temple University Hospital. She has experience with the surgical treatment of lung cancer, chest wall tumors, gastrointestinal and pancreatic cancers and other lung and pleural diseases.

Among Dr. Erkmen’s areas of expertise is minimally invasive thoracic surgery, a technique in which surgeons make just a few small incisions and perform operations with the assistance of tiny cameras inserted into the body. This practice drastically reduces the risk and recovery time of the surgery, compared to open chest surgery. Dr. Erkmen is board certified in thoracic and cardiac surgery, with her most recent certification valid as of 2011. Dr. Erkmen is bilingual, speaking English and Spanish.

02. Fast Facts

Doctor Fast Facts

Main Speciality: Thoracic Surgery

Other Interests & Specialties: Lung cancer, esophageal cancer, novel intraoperative imaging techniques and the meaningful application in treating lung cancer and decisional sciences surrounding lung cancer screening.

Certifications, Awards & Accolades: American Board of Surgery Certification in General Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery Certification in Thoracic Surgery, Norris Cotton Cancer Center Award for Excellence, Osteen Award from Harvard Medical School for Exemplary Dedication to Teaching, Philadelphia magazine Top Doctor in Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery, member of American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), member of Society of Thoracic Surgery, member of American College of Surgeons

Education & Experience:

  • Residency in General Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Fellowship in Surgery (Research) at Brigham & Women’s Hospital
03. Publications


Poststernotomy Complications: A Multimodal Review of Normal and Abnormal Postoperative Imaging FindingsAmerican Journal of Roentgenology. December 2018;211(6):1194-1205. doi: 10.2214/AJR.18.19782

Role of Thoracic Surgeons in Lung Cancer Screening: Opportune Time for InvolvementJournal of Thoracic Oncology. March 2018;13(3):298-300. doi: 10.1016/j.jtho.2017.11.136

Overcoming Barriers to Lung Cancer Screening by Implementing a Single-Visit Patient ExperienceInternational Journal of Cancer and Oncology. 2017;4(2). doi: 10.15436/2377-0902.17.1469

Lung Cancer Screening: Where Do Surgeons Stand? Journal of the American College of Surgeons. December 2017;225(6):829. doi: 10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2017.08.018

An Enhanced Shared Decision Making Model to Address Willingness and Ability to Undergo Lung Cancer Screening and Follow-Up Treatment in Minority Underserved PopulationsJournal of Community Health. February 2018;43(1):27-32. doi: 10.1007/s10900-017-0383-y

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