Larry R. Kaiser, M.D., FACS
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). At the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Kaiser held a variety of positions, including chief of general thoracic surgery, founder and director of the university’s lung transplantation program, director of its Center for Lung Cancers and Related Disorders, and co-director of the Thoracic Oncology Laboratory. In 1996 he was named as the first Eldridge Eliason Professor of Surgery and, in 2001 following a national search, was named the John Rhea Barton Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery as well as Surgeon in Chief for the University of Pennsylvania Health System.
Dr. Kaiser’s clinical interests include lung cancer, malignant mesothelioma, and mediastinal tumors. He is the author or co-author of 17 books and more than 300 original papers, and he serves on multiple editorial boards including the Annals of Surgery, the world’s leading surgical journal, and the European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Dr. Kaiser has served in a number of leadership capacities for professional societies and associations and has been a director of both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. In 2005, he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine.