Physicians & Staff
Gerald M. Lemole, M.D.
Dr. Lemole received his undergraduate degree from Villanova University in Philadelphia in 1958, and doctor of medicine degree from Temple University School of Medicine in 1962. From medical school, Dr. Lemole returned to his birthplace, Staten Island, N.Y., where he served a one-year internship at Staten Island Hospital.
Upon completing his internship, he returned to Philadelphia for 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, under the direction of Dr. DeBakey at Baylor and Dr. Denton Cooley at the Texas Heart Institute.
Dr. Lemole became certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and began serving as an 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 as an instructor in surgery at Temple. That same year he performed the first coronary bypass in the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. 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, N.J. 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, as a visiting Professor at the University of Istanbul, Turkey, Dr. Lemole performed that nation's first successful coronary artery bypass procedure.
Dr. Lemole relocated his practice in 1986 to develop the first open heart surgery program in the State of Delaware.
In addition to the Medical-Dental Staff of Christiana Care Health System, Dr. Lemole is a member of the medical staffs of the A.I. du Pont Institute, Wilmington, Delaware, and the Medical College of Pennsylvania, Episcopal Hospital, Graduate Hospital, Holy Redeemer Hospital, Presbyterian Hospital and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, all in Philadelphia. His major professional memberships include the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Society for Vascular Surgeons, and the American Association for Thoracic Surgery. He also is a member of many societies and associated committees related to his profession, and he was the chairman of the Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Academy of Cardiology from 1980 to 1995.
Dr. Lemole has lectured extensively and written numerous articles for professional publications. 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. Dr. Lemole is listed in Philadelphia Magazine and Delaware Today Magazine in the "Best Doctors" issues as well as the National Listing of Best Doctors in America.
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