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joseph y cheung, md, phdMessage from Joseph Y. Cheung, MD, PhD, FACP, FAHA, FCPP

Richard Laylord & Dorothy L. Evans Professor & Chair, Medicine
Professor, Center of Translational Medicine



Welcome to the Department of Medicine. I am tremendously proud of the faculty, residents, fellows and staff of the department for their valuable contributions to the tripartite mission of patient care, education and research.


As the largest department at Temple University School of Medicine and Temple University Hospital, our main objective is providing patient care that is second-to-none. At Temple, faculty physicians provide state-of-the-art care to a wide variety of patients with complex medical problems. It has recruited many specialists that offer pioneering treatments not available at other local academic institutions such as Pulmonary Hypertension/Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy Program (Cardiology) and Per Oral Esophageal Myomectomy Program (Gastroenterology). General medicine inpatient care is provided by academic hospitalists while outpatient care is provided by forward-looking general internists with emphasis on population health and preventive medicine.

The department is heavily involved in teaching at all levels: from 1st and 2nd years (Doctoring, Introduction to Clinical Medicine) to 3rd (Core Clerkship) and 4th years (Sub-Internship and Subspecialty electives) of medical school, residency and fellowship training programs, and continued medical education activities. We continue to innovate in medical education: from the Ambulatory Immersion 4+1 System and re-structured inpatient team structure to emphasize continuity of patient care for our internal medicine residents, to the re-designed core medicine clerkship to enhance ambulatory care experience for medical students. We prepare our students and trainees to become leaders in their chosen field of endeavor.

Temple University School of Medicine is a research-intensive medical school and the department prides itself on its nationally prominent physician-scientists, and provides a stimulating and collaborative environment for performing clinical, basic and translational research. There are 13 elected members of the Honorific American Society of Clinical Investigation. The department runs a year-round research curriculum consisting of series of lectures by successful investigators covering a wide range of topics such as basic statistics and power calculation, clinical trial design, basic science techniques in clinical research, etc. The department also offers junior faculty research award to enable promising faculty to devote 50 percent of the effort to research.

I hope you will sense the excitement, dynamism and pride in our department. I am honored to represent so many distinguished faculty members and am extremely proud of their accomplishments. Thank you for visiting with us.

Joseph Y. Cheung, MD, PhD

Richard Laylord & Dorothy L. Evans Professor & Chair, Medicine
Professor, Center of Translational Medicine