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February 24, 2012

Rebecca Harmon rebecca.harmon@tuhs.temple.edu



Gerard J. Criner, MDGerard J. Criner, MD, FACP, FACCP, has been named Chair of the Department of Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine effective April 1, 2012.  Dr. Criner's leadership and experience makes him ideally suited to advance the already excellent reputation of the Department of Medicine as TUSM continues to drive future innovation and collaboration across all of the disciplines of Temple's healthcare enterprise.


Temple's Department of Medicine is the largest academic department in the School of Medicine--with 126 faculty, 188 residents and fellows, and several hundred employees.  With 12 subspecialty programs (Bone Marrow Transplant, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, General Internal Medicine, Hematology, Hospital Medicine, Infectious Disease, Nephrology, Oncology, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, and Rheumatology), offices at all provider facilities and nearly $10 million in sponsored research activity, the Department's influence truly touches all aspects of Temple's Health System.


Dr. Criner's nationally-renowned clinical, educational, and research experience ideally positions him to lead the Department of Medicine's renewed focus on strategic growth with an emphasis on improving clinical outcomes and operational performance, while implementing innovative pedagogical practices and embracing inter-professional research opportunities.


As a Temple University School of Medicine alumnus and long-time member of its faculty, Dr. Criner has been instrumental in the development and continued success of Temple's Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine--which is consistently ranked as one of the top programs in the nation.  He also consistently earns the accolade of one of Philadelphia's "Top Docs."


An internationally-recognized researcher who is steadily published in peer-reviewed journals, Dr. Criner tirelessly presents at academic conferences around the globe.  As prinicpal investigator and project leader of several multimillion-dollar NIH grants, he has overseen numerous advances in pulmonary and critical care research over the last two decades.  He is recognized worldwide as an expert on COPD and the management of intensive-care unit patients.


Dr. Criner brings to the Department of Medicine a level of experience and leadership that is sure to have a dynamic impact across the Temple Health enterprise.