Thoracic Surgery

Cherie P. Erkmen, MD

Professor, Thoracic Medicine and Surgery, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Professor, Center for Asian Health, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Director, Thoracic Surgery Residency Program, Temple University Hospital
Director, Lung Cancer Screening Program, Temple University Hospital

About me

Clinical Interests
  • Lung cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Novel intraoperative imaging techniques and the meaningful application in treating lung cancer
  • Decisional sciences surrounding lung cancer screening
Research Interests
  • Novel intraoperative imaging techniques
  • Intraoperative imaging and the meaningful application in treating lung cancer
  • Lung cancer screening
  • MD, UCLA Medical School, Los Angeles, CA
  • Fellowship, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Fellowship, Surgery (Research), Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Residency, General Surgery, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
Board Certification
  • Surgery
  • Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Association of Chest Physicians
  • National Cancer Institute
  • Society of Thoracic Surgery
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
Awards and Honors
  • Highest Distinction, University of California at Berkeley
  • Ciba Award for Merit in Biology and Histology
  • Regent's Scholarship, UCLA Medical School
  • Alameda Medical Association Scholarship, UCLA Medical School
  • McGraw-Hill Award for Exemplary Scholarship, UCLA Medical School
  • Josiah E. Brown Prize for Outstanding Research, UCLA Medical School
  • Aesculapian Award for Leadership, UCLA Medical School
  • UCLA Medal for Most Outstanding Graduate Student
  • Ethicon Laparoscopy/Endoscopy Training Prize, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • John A. Mannick Research Award, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Women in Thoracic Surgery Scholarship Award
  • Most Outstanding Basic Science Presentation, Society of Surgical Oncology
  • American College of Chest Physicians Scholarship Award
  • Traveling Fellowship to Chiba, Japan
  • Dartmouth Institute $25,000 Prize for Clinical Program Development: Building the Multidisciplinary Esophageal Cancer Program
  • Norris Cotton Cancer Center Award for Excellence
  • Excellence in Teaching, Harvard Medical School
  • Osteen Award, Harvard Medical School for Exemplary Dedication to Teaching
  • Top Doctors, Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery, Philadelphia magazine, 2018



Parungo CP, Brooks DC, The pregnant surgical patient in ACS Surgery: Principles & Practice. American College of Surgeons; 2003.

Erkmen CP, Ducko CT, Jalkitsch MT, Thoracic Incisions in Adult Chest Surgery. McGraw-Hill Company; June 2009.

Erkmen CP, Hong, J. Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Brain and Adrenal Metastasis. Thoracic Oncology: A Multi-disciplinary Approach. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. In Press.