An internationally known thoracic surgeon, Dr. Kaiser has served in leadership positions in academic medicine for the past 20 years. Currently he is a Managing Director with the international consulting firm Alvarez and Marsal in the Healthcare Industry Group. He most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Temple University Health System, Senior Executive Vice-President for Health Affairs, and the Lewis Katz Dean of the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. Prior to joining Temple University, Dr. Kaiser served as President of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, the largest of the six health-related campuses of the University of Texas. He graduated AOA from the Tulane University School of Medicine in 1977 and completed his residency in general surgery as well as a fellowship in surgical oncology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He then completed a residency in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at the University of Toronto. Following that, he held positions as thoracic surgeon at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Cornell University Medical College (New York) and subsequently as Associate Professor (with tenure) at the Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis).