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Joseph Friedberg, MD, FACS

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Clinical Locations

Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center at Temple University Hospital
3401 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140

Secondary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111

About

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

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.

Education and Training

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

Certifications

  • Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery

Memberships

  • 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

  • Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors
  • Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors for Cancer
Research Profile

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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