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September 28, 2012


Abbas El-Sayed Abbas, MD, MSAbbas El-Sayed Abbas, MD, MS, has been appointed Chief of Thoracic Surgery at Temple University Hospital and Associate Professor of Surgery at Temple University School of Medicine, effective October 1, 2012. Dr. Abbas comes to Temple from the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans, where he was Director and Chief of Thoracic Surgery.


Board certified in thoracic surgery, Dr. Abbas specializes in minimally invasive and robotic thoracic surgery, including robotic lobectomy for lung cancer and totally endoscopic robotic esophagectomy – a procedure that is provided at only a few select hospitals nationwide. Other areas of specialization include endoscopic procedures for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), esophageal and bronchial stents, laser endoscopy, and cryoendoscopy. His research interests include outcome-based research in robotic surgery, gene therapy for esophageal and lung cancer, and transplant immunology.


"Dr. Abbas' excellent clinical skills, his vision for the program and his leadership experience are the precise combination necessary to meet the needs of Temple's Thoracic Surgery Program," said Selwyn Rogers, Jr., MD, MPH, FACS, Professor and Chair of Surgery at Temple University School of Medicine, and Surgeon-in-Chief for Temple University Health System. "Dr. Abbas is an outstanding surgeon, researcher and teacher who we believe will provide the program with effective leadership for years to come."


"I look forward to continuing my work in thoracic disease at Temple University Hospital," Dr. Abbas said. "In addition to helping expand Temple's robotic surgery program through procedures such as robotic esophagectomy, I also plan to focus on bringing and developing clinical research trials in the areas of thoracic surgery to Temple, especially for esophageal and lung cancer."


Dr. Abbas earned his medical degree and a master's degree from Ain-Shams School of Medicine in Egypt. He completed his surgical residency at Ain-Shams University Hospitals in Egypt and served as a surgical resident at PinnacleHealth in Harrisburg, PA. He completed his general surgery residency at Pennsylvania Hospital, part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia. He later completed a cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Following his fellowship, Dr. Abbas served as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He was then appointed Director and Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans.


Dr. Abbas has received several awards and recognitions for his clinical and teaching skills, including "Best Doctors in Louisiana" for three consecutive years. He has also published numerous peer-reviewed articles and abstracts and is a member of a variety of professional societies, including the Society of Thoracic Surgery, the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, and the Clinical Robotic Surgery Association.