Gerard J. Criner, MD, FACP, FACCP

Chair and Professor, Thoracic Medicine and Surgery, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Director, Temple Lung Center

About me

Clinical Interests
  • Advanced lung disease
  • Airway disorders
  • COPD
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Lung volume reduction
  • Lung transplantation
Research Interests
  • Advanced lung disease (COPD, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, respiratory failure)
  • Critical care medicine
  • MD, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Fellowship, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
Board Certification
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • American College of Chest Physicians
  • American Thoracic Society
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
Awards and Honors
  • Top Doctors, Pulmonary Disease, Philadelphia magazine, 2016-2018
  • Best Doctors in America®, Pulmonary Medicine & Critical Care Medicine, 2015-2016, 2017-2018



Criner GJ, D’Alonzo G (eds). Pulmonary Pathophysiology 1998. Fence Creek Publishing Co, Lyndell, PA.

Criner GJ, D’Alonzo G (eds). Critical Care Medicine Study Guide 2002. Springer-Verlag Publishing Co. New York, NY.

Criner GJ (ed). Long-Term Mechanical Ventilation. 2002 Respiratory Clinics North America. W.B. Saunders Publishing Co. Philadelphia, PA.

Ratings & Reviews


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4.7 / 5.0


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  • 5.0
    October 29, 2018
    i have faith in criners abilities
  • 5.0
    October 14, 2018
    Great doctor!
  • 4.5
    September 10, 2018
    Dr. Criner, his staff, and department support are superior. I have no other physician more professional than the Dr.'s & personnel at Temple Lung Center.
  • 5.0
    September 08, 2018
    Dr. Criner truly deserves his rating as one of the best COPD Pulmonologists in the country.
  • 4.5
    September 07, 2018
    Dr. Criner is an amazing doctor! I always felt that he really cared! I love him!
  • 5.0
    August 28, 2018
    Excellent doctor.
  • 5.0
    August 26, 2018
    Care provider direct and to the point. Very caring manor.
  • 5.0
    August 17, 2018
    I am happy with my dr.
  • 5.0
    August 12, 2018
    Dr Criner is outstanding; my husband & I both had him for our lung problems. Unfortunately, my husband passed away, but Dr Criner was with him up to the last minute with such compassion.
  • 5.0
    August 05, 2018
    Dr. Criner asked pointed questions and displayed an aura of self confidence which is reassuring
  • 3.5
    June 24, 2018
    I think my doctor would be better for seriously ill patients.
  • 5.0
    June 09, 2018
    "Great people"; even the guard at front door very helpful.
  • 5.0
    May 13, 2018
    Dr. Criner is the best. Can't say enough good things about him.
  • 5.0
    May 06, 2018
    Dr Criner is an excellent physician, brilliant and caring.
  • 3.0
    April 29, 2018
    My experience at this visit was fair. The people were nice and listened to what I had to say and answered most of my questions. A more indepth explanation about my test results and what follow-up visits were going to be about and what to expect before, during and after the visits would have been helpful.
  • 5.0
    April 21, 2018
    good experience
  • 5.0
    April 09, 2018
    very good
  • 2.0
    March 22, 2018
    [...] following to many patients, transplant growing rapidly but not physicians or nurses
  • 5.0
    March 18, 2018
    Dr Criner is the best!
  • 5.0
    February 27, 2018
    Even though my visits are for routine care, Dr. Criner is always very attentive to my questions or concerns, An a+ physician.