Cardiothoracic Surgeon


Gerald M. Lemole, MD served as Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at Christiana Care Health Services from 1986 through 2006. Subsequently, he served as the Medical Director for the Center of Integrative Health at The Preventive Medicine and Rehabilitation Institute.

Dr. Lemole received his undergraduate degree from Villanova and doctor of medicine degree from Temple University School of Medicine.

After a residency in general surgery at Temple University Hospital, he did his cardiac training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, from 1967 to 1969. While at Baylor, Dr. Lemole became certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and began serving as instructor in surgery. In 1968, he was a member of the surgical team that performed the first successful heart transplant in the United States.

Dr. Lemole returned to Philadelphia from Texas in 1969 to serve as an instructor in surgery at Temple. That same year, he performed the first coronary bypass in the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. At age 32, he was named Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Temple University. He was Chief of Surgery at Deborah Heart & Lung Center, Brown Mills, NJ from 1972 to 1984. In 1975, at age 38, he became a full professor at Temple, an achievement which also made him one of the youngest full professors of surgery in the United States. In 1982, while visiting Turkey, Dr. Lemole performed that nation's first coronary artery bypass procedure.

His major professional memberships include the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Society for Vascular Surgeons, and the American Association for Thoracic Surgery. He is also a member of many societies and associated committees related to his profession.

Dr. Lemole has lectured extensively and written numerous articles for professional publications. He has also published three books and is currently working on a book for post-cancer treatments. He has been a visiting professor at the Universities of Dublin and Istanbul, the Military Medical College of Ankara, Allegheny General Hospital, Fengtai Heart Institute, Beijing, China, People's Hospital and 2nd Military Medical University, China, and Columbia Presbyterian University Hospital. He is listed in the publication Who's Who in the United States and the Marquis Who's Who Directory of Medical Specialists. He is a past recipient of the American Medical Association Physician's Recognition Award and numerous other awards.

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