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Larry R. Kaiser, M.D.

Dr. Kaiser
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Larry R. Kaiser

Thoracic Surgeon, President & CEO, Temple University Heath System

Temple Lung Center

Temple University Hospital
3401 North Broad Street, Ambulatory Care Center, 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19140
(215) 707-8773

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Tulane University

Tulane University - 1977

University of California, Los Angeles and University of Toronto

University of California, Los Angeles


Dr. Larry R. Kaiser is an internationally renowned thoracic surgeon, researcher and author who currently serves as head of the Temple University School of Medicine in his hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Kaiser’s research has largely centered around lung cancer, mesothelioma and mediastinal tumors; in the early 1990s, he made great contributions to the practice of video thoracoscopy, a type of surgery that involves inserting a scope and camera into a patient’s chest. He has repeatedly been named a “Top Doc” and a “World Class Doc” by Philadelphia Magazine.

Educational Background

Dr. Kaiser received both his bachelor’s and medical degrees from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He completed an internship and residency in general surgery, as well as a fellowship in surgical oncology, at the University of California, Los Angeles. He completed an additional residency in cardiovascular surgery and thoracic surgery at Canada’s University of Toronto.

Professional Highlights

Over the course of his career, Dr. Kaiser has brought his expertise to many of the county’s top cancer centers and universities. He began his career at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City as a member of the thoracic surgery staff, and taught at the neighboring Cornell University Medical College. He later practiced and taught at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he was named chairman of the Department of Surgery.

Prior to his move to Temple University in April 2011, Dr. Kaiser served as president of the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, where he also taught surgery and cardiothoracic and vascular surgery.

At Temple, Dr. Kaiser oversees teaching, research and operations for a university hospital system that employs 8,000 people and has a clinical operation with a budget over $1.2 billion. While his position as dean, CEO and executive vice president at Temple is largely administrative, Dr. Kaiser continues to see clients on a limited basis.

Additional Work

Dr. Kaiser belongs to a number of professional organizations including the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery Network, General Thoracic Surgical Club and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.


Dr. Kaiser has authored or co-authored 14 books and more than 250 papers, and has been an editorial board member of the Annals of Surgery, the American Journal of Surgery, the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and several other journals.

Author: Linda Molinari

Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance

Linda Molinari

Reviewer: Annette Charlevois

Patient Support Coordinator

Annette Charlevois


Temple University School of Medicine – Dean’s Biography

“Dr. Larry R. Kaiser to lead Temple’s health care enterprise”

“Kaiser to Step Down as President of UT-Houston”

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