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for excellence in peer-reviewed rankings. At LKSOM, students
have the opportunity to work on basic science and clinical research
projects in modern facilities with some of the world's top scientists.
In the vanguard of discovery, Temple's programs aim to reduce the
devastating effects of heart and lung disease, cancer, neurological
disorders and other serious diseases. Already, numerous scientific
discoveries have advanced from Temple's labs and into clinical
trials - works that may one day profoundly improve human lives.
Physicians, the Health System's faculty-based practice plan, as well
as physician scientists from the Health System's affiliated Fox Chase
Cancer Center and its community-based Temple Physicians, Inc.
Temple physicians represent 17 academic departments including
subspecialties in emergency medicine, oncology, gastroenterology,
obstetrics, gynecology, orthopedics, neurosurgery, neurology, general
and specialty surgery and psychiatry.
Temple faculty address major public health concerns. The school's
The trend in medical research today is interdisciplinary and Comprehensive NeuroAIDS Center (one of nine in the nation)
translational, requiring teams of researchers from many disciplines is dedicated to improving the public health impact of bench-to
to apply basic research findings to clinical interventions and ther- clinic research associated with HIV-induced neurological diseases
apeutics. LKSOM has many diverse research centers, including:
and cognitive disorders. Its Center for Substance Abuse Research
one of 14 in the nation designated a "Core Center of Excellence"
* Independence Blue Cross Cardiovascular Research Center
by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
* Center for Asian Health
Temple's nationally renowned physicians offer state-of-the-art
* Center for Bioethics, Urban Health and Policy
treatment options for patients with complex medical problems,
including ones considered untreatable. For instance, Temple is a
* Center for Inflammation, Translational and
leader in the field of urologic reconstructive surgery and routinely
Clinical Lung Research
performs innovative minimally invasive surgeries on patients other
* Center for Neurovirology
academic medical centers have turned away. Using sophisticated
* Center for Substance Abuse Research
technologies and personalized treatments, Temple physicians are
working to alter the course of serious disease. In over a dozen
* Center for Translational Medicine
research centers, they're speeding the translation of fundamental
* Comprehensive NeuroAIDS Center
scientific discoveries into practical therapies that dramatically
* Fels Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Biology
improve human health.
* Shriners Hospitals Pediatric Research Center
* Sol Sherry Thrombosis Research Center
* Center for Metabolic Disease Research
* Temple Institute for Regenerative Medicine and Engineering
Part of a Greater Whole: Temple Health
The Fox Chase-Temple Bone Marrow Transplant Program, a
formal affiliation between Fox Chase Cancer Center and TUH,
is a case in point. Since its inception in 1988, the program has
performed over 1,500 transplants, and has participated in countless
research studies to advance the effectiveness and outcomes of this
often life-saving treatment modality.
An Essential Safety Net
The Lewis Katz School of Medicine is an integral part of Temple
Temple University Hospital and other Temple Health institutions
Health and one of the Philadelphia region's largest healthcare
enterprises. Temple Health encompasses LKSOM and the Temple attract patients from across the region and around the world. Temple
University Health System (TUHS), which are major providers of has risen to become a true destination site for a wide spectrum of
healthcare services for the Philadelphia region and beyond. Temple patients with complex, difficult-to-treat conditions, and serves
University Health System is dedicated to providing access to com- patients in many locations. But it is also uniquely situated in North
prehensive primary and specialty patient care services informed by Philadelphia, and that gives it a special importance as one of the
most critical providers of healthcare to underserved populations
academic excellence in medical education and research.
in the Commonwealth.
As the chief academic teaching hospital of the LKSOM, Temple
TUH is located in a federally designated Medically Underserved
University Hospital (TUH) is a 722-bed non-profit acute care hospital
that provides a comprehensive range primary, secondary, tertiary, Area. Within its primary service area, about 30% of individuals
and quaternary care services to patients throughout Southeastern live below the federal poverty level; about 64% have achieved a
Pennsylvania and beyond. TUH is accredited as an Adult Level 1 high school education level or less; about 47% identify as Black,
Trauma Center by the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation-- 24% as Hispanic, 21% as White; 6% as Asian & Pacific, and 2%
as other. Approximately 84% of Temple's inpatients are covered by
and the only trauma center with a burn unit in the city.
government programs (38% Medicare, 46% by Medicaid). Patients
TUH is staffed by over 400 physicians of Temple University
dually eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid comprise about
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