Temple Lung Center
The Temple Lung Center helps people with all types of lung disease breathe easier and live more active lives. Temple Health is a national leader in diagnosing and treating lung problems, whether you have a common issue like asthma or a complex condition like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
As one of the nation’s premier lung-disease research centers, Temple Health offers patients access to leading-edge clinical trials and innovative treatment options. Temple Health also has one of the most active lung-transplant programs in the United States, with nationally renowned transplant surgeons.
The Lung Transplant Program includes a full team of surgeons, pulmonologists, immunologists, psychologists, nurse specialists, respiratory therapists, technicians, counselors and social workers.
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Dr. Gerard Criner
Director, Temple Lung Center& Chair and Professor, Thoracic Medicine and Surgery
Dr. Gerard Criner received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Criner clinical specialties include: advanced lung diseases, airway disorders, COPD, interstitial lung disease, lung volume reduction, and lung transplantation. In 2015 he became the founding chair of the Department of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Criner has extensive experience in conducting, designing and leading multicenter trials for the past 25 years. He has been involved in multiple NIH steering committees, ad hoc technical panels, and work groups over the past 20 years. He has also developed several multicentered trials with industry that includes the use of lung coils (PneumRX), tissue glue (AERIS) and endobronchial valves to reduce hyperinflation in emphysema (LIBERATE, Pulmonx). Dr. Criner has been recognized as part of the Best Doctors in America®, Pulmonary Medicine; Critical Care Medicine in 2015-2016, 2017-2018, 2019-2020