Joseph Friedberg, MD, FACS

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Thoracic Surgeon-in-Chief, Temple University Health System

Vice Chair, Surgical Services, Department of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery

Co-Director, Temple Health Mesothelioma and Pleural Disease Program

Professor, Thoracic Medicine and Surgery, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology, Fox Chase Cancer Center


  • Thoracic Surgery

Areas of Expertise

Endobronchial Disease, Lung Metastases, Lung Cancer, Thymoma, Esophageal Cancer, Mesothelioma

Treatment Focus

Mesothelioma and other disorders of the pleura
Advanced/complicated lung cancer
Chest wall tumors
Mediastinal tumors


Treatment Philosophy

My practice philosophy is to treat every patient with the same respect, thoughtfulness, and commitment that I would want for myself or a family member. I believe every patient has unique aspects to their case and, therefore, every treatment plan must be carefully, and thoroughly, individualized. I have a zero threshold to consult colleagues, or marshal any available resources, if I believe it will contribute to the care of my patients.

I view my career as a calling, not a job, and I cherish, appreciate, and respect the sacred trust patients place in me when I have the privilege of being their surgeon.

Clinical Locations

  • Fox Chase Cancer Center
    333 Cottman Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19111
    Phone: 888-369-2427
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center at Temple University Hospital
    3401 N. Broad Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19140
    Phone: 800-836-7536

Educational Background

  • Fellowship, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Residency, General Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
  • MD, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • BASc, Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania College of Engineering and Applied Science, Philadelphia, PA


  • American Board of Surgery - Surgery
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery - Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery


  • American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS)
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS)
  • International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig)
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
  • International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC)
  • American College of Surgeons (ACS)
  • General Thoracic Surgical Club (GTSC)
  • Eastern Cardiothoracic Surgical Society (ECTSS)

Honors & Awards

  • Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctors, 2023-24
  • Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors
  • Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors for Cancer

Research Interests

  • Utilizing the abdominal cavity for respiration
  • Detection and treatment of pulmonary air leaks
  • Mesothelioma translational and clinical research
  • Lung cancer translational and clinical research

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