Thoracic Surgery

Abbas El-Sayed Abbas, MD, MS

Professor and Vice Chair, Thoracic Medicine and Surgery, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Thoracic Surgeon-in-Chief, Temple University Health System
Surgical Director, Lung Cancer, Thoracic, Malignancy and Foregut Disease Programs, Temple University Health System
Chief, Thoracic Surgery, Temple University Hospital

About me

Clinical Interests
  • Diseases of the lung, tracheobronchial tree, esophagus, mediastinum, and chest wall
  • Experience in thoracic surgical oncology, robotic and other minimally invasive thoracic techniques
  • Advanced bronchoscopic and esophageal endoscopy
  • Lung volume reduction surgery
  • Thymectomy
  • Hiatal hernia repair
  • Special procedures for benign esophageal disease and other thoracic conditions
Research Interests
  • Gene therapy for esophageal cancer
  • The microenvironment of esophageal cancer, especially the role of tumor initiating cells
  • Clinical outcomes in robotic surgery
  • Clinical outcomes in esophageal cancer
  • Clinical outcomes in lung cancer
  • MD, Ain-Shams University School of Medicine, Cairo, Egypt
  • MS, Surgery, Ain-Shams University School of Medicine, Cairo, Egypt
  • Fellowship, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • Residency, Surgery, Pennsylvania Hospital, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, PA
Board Certification
  • Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • The Society of Thoracic Surgery
  • The Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB) cadre member
  • The Eastern Cooperative Cancer Group (ECOG)
  • International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation
  • The American College of Surgeons
  • The American Medical Association
  • Thomas Bond Society of the Pennsylvania Hospital
Awards and Honors
  • Educational Award of the Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH
  • O.T. Clagett Travel Award for outstanding performance during the thoracic surgery residency. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • University of Pennsylvania Pearl Award, for excellence in teaching to medical students
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
  • Thoracic Surgery Foundation Research Fellowship Grant
  • Outstanding Presentation Award, Delaware Valley Vascular Society
  • Outstanding Presentation Award, Medical Education Day, Pinnacle Health Hospitals, Harrisburg, PA
  • Best Presentation Award, American College of Surgeons Central Pennsylvania Chapter, Hershey, PA, 1995
  • Best Doctors in Louisiana 2009-2011
  • Top Doctors, Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery, Philadelphia magazine, 2017, 2018
  • Best Doctors in America®, Thoracic Surgery, 2015-2016, 2017-2018


Ratings & Reviews


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4.8 / 5.0


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  • 5.0
    November 04, 2018
    I am am confident in Dr Abbas
  • 5.0
    June 23, 2018
    My caregiver is outstanding & the most caring professional I have ever seen.
  • 5.0
    June 22, 2018
    Doctor Abbas is very special. He takes the time to know you and understand what you are going through, so that he can help you to the best of his ability. He fixed me physically and emotionally lifted my spirits back up. I no longer have to take the medication that I was on for 10 + years , I just want to thank him for helping me.
  • 5.0
    June 21, 2018
    Dr. Abbas was excellent I liked him!
  • 5.0
    June 17, 2018
    all of my experience are really good the Dr's and nurses really cares
  • 5.0
    June 08, 2018
  • 5.0
    May 31, 2018
    The best doctor I ever had.
  • 5.0
    May 29, 2018
    My son and I couldn't have been happier with the dr. Such a nice man!
  • 5.0
    May 24, 2018
    Dr. Abbas was excellent.
  • 5.0
    May 13, 2018
    He with his team and other Dr's saved my life. I am forever grateful
  • 5.0
    May 09, 2018
    Very knowledgeable.
  • 5.0
    May 02, 2018
    Can't say enough good things about Dr Abbas. Liked him to do my surgery in the future.
  • 5.0
    April 29, 2018
    Recommend the doctor
  • 5.0
    April 14, 2018
    Made me feel comfortable, answered all of my questions, and questions that my family members asked.
  • 5.0
    March 23, 2018