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Verdi DiSesa

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Professor, Surgery, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

Dr. DiSesa earned degrees from Harvard University (A.B., Magna cum Laude with Highest Honors in Chemistry) and from the School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania (M.D., member of the AOA Honor Medical Society). He received his post-graduate medical training at the University of Pennsylvania and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. For more than 25 years he has worked as a cardiac surgeon, predominately in academic medical centers.

Dr. DiSesa is certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and a member of internationally prestigious medical societies including the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Physicians, the American Surgical Association, the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, the Society of University Surgeons, the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. He also has training in internal medicine and general surgery and is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Surgery. Finally, he is certified by the American College of Physician Executives as a Certified Physician Executive and in the process of completing the requirements for Fellowship in the American College of Healthcare Executives. In addition to these health care credentials, Dr. DiSesa earned an M.B.A. degree with honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

While a practicing surgeon, Dr. DiSesa has been engaged continuously in teaching and research, the latter primarily in the area of heart transplantation. He has held progressively more senior leadership positions including Director of Heart Transplantation at the University of Pennsylvania, Acting Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Chair of the Department of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery at Rush Medical College in Chicago, Medical Director of the CardioVascular Center and Chief of Cardiac Surgery at the Chester County Hospital in Pennsylvania, and Chair of the Department of Surgery and Chief Medical Officer of University Hospital and the Harvard Medical School Dubai Center for Teaching and Research in the UAE.

His current position is Professor, Surgery, at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University.  Prior to that, Dr. DiSesa served as Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs for Temple University School of Medicine and Chief Operating Officer for the Temple University Health System in Philadelphia. In this capacity he was responsibile for all of the clinical programs of a $1.6 billion health system that includes three hospitals and three physician practice entities. He supervised and led the clinical programs at each of these hospitals as well as the operations of the physician practice entities. Dr. DiSesa played active leadership roles in recruitment and management of physicians, development and monitoring of inpatient and outpatient care programs, budget development and monitoring, philanthropy, compliance with regulators, and negotiations with payers (primarily governmental agencies and private health insurance companies).

In addition to these operational responsibilities, Dr. DiSesa serves on the senior management team of the Health System and actively contributes to the conception, development, and implementation of major strategic initiatives. Most recently, this has included the acquisition and integration of the Fox Chase Cancer Center (a $300 million entity) into the Temple University Health System. Finally, He continues to participate in operative cardiac surgery although his other responsibilities preclude him from developing an independent practice of cardiac surgery.