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April 2, 2012

CONTACT: Richard Cushman richard.cushman@tuhs.temple.edu


Joseph Y. Cheung, MD, PhDJoseph Y. Cheung, MD, PhD, has been named Professor of Medicine and Senior Associate Dean for Research at Temple University School of Medicine (TUSM), effective April 2, 2012. Prior thereto, Cheung was the Capizzi Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Nephrology at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University.


In his new role at Temple, Cheung will provide vision, leadership, strategic development and oversight of all aspects of TUSM’s research mission; craft a research strategic plan to develop a targeted, robust research enterprise that emphasizes translational research integrated with patient-centered clinical services of the health enterprise; ensure that TUSM’s research infrastructure is aligned with its strategic plan and institutional resources; develop strong collaborations among investigators; and represent TUSM and its research enterprise both internally and externally.


Temple University School of Medicine attracted $125.7 million in National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants in 2011, averaging $261,300 per faculty member.


“The addition of Joe Cheung further cements Temple’s renewed commitment to advancing its research efforts,” said Arthur M. Feldman, MD, PhD, Executive Dean of Temple University School of Medicine and Chief Academic Officer of Temple University Health System. “His appointment will help streamline the research endeavors across disciplines -- elevating the quality, output and impact of the research being produced -- all the way from the bench to the bedside.”


Cheung earned his PhD from Pennsylvania State University in 1976, followed by his medical degree from Duke University in 1978. Staying at Duke, Cheung completed an internship and residency in Medicine, followed by a clinical and research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital.


Following appointments on the faculty at Harvard, Penn State, and Geisinger, Cheung joined Jefferson as the Capizzi Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Nephrology.


He has received various awards for his teaching, research and clinical efforts, including recognition in the Best Doctors in America rankings and Teacher of the Year in the Department of Medicine at Jefferson.


Cheung has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, abstracts and book chapters, and is a member of many professional societies, including the International Society of Nephrology, American Physiological Society, American Society of Nephrology, Biophysical Society, American Society for Clinical Investigation, American Heart Association, and the American College of Physicians.