Office of Institutional Advancement

Major Gift Establishes Jane & Leonard Korman Lung Center

A cancer diagnosis is life-changing for both patients and their loved ones. Lung cancer survivor Jane Korman and her husband, Leonard, have drawn inspiration from their personal experience to help change the future for others facing similar diseases. 

Jane, cancer-free after receiving treatment at Jefferson, and Leonard, a University trustee since 1998, have provided support through the Jane and Leonard Korman Family Foundation to establish the Jefferson — Jane and Leonard Korman Lung Center. This partnership will allow Jefferson to better understand lung disease through innovative research and expanded clinical programs. 

“The Kormans’ gift will allow us to reach the next level of research and position Jefferson to be a nationally recognized lung center with leading programs in personalized medicine and care for lung disease patients. We are incredibly grateful,” says SKMC Dean Mark L. Tykocinski, MD. 

With its primary focus on lung cancer, the Center will attack the leading cause of cancer death in the United States and worldwide. Because lung cancer often progresses stealthily, early diagnosis and improving treatment is vital. Faculty at the Center will prioritize enhancing lung cancer care with a comprehensive program that will include evaluation and diagnosis through the lung cancer screening and nodule program, as well as through partnerships with the departments of surgery, medical oncology and radiation oncology. Non-cancerous pulmonary disease programs will also target conditions such as asthma and sarcoidosis, a regionally prevalent disease that triggers the formation of benign masses in the lungs. 

The Kormans’ generosity makes it possible for Jefferson to recruit three new faculty members, create two clinical and research programs and upgrade existing clinical and research facilities. They also established a fully funded professorship in pulmonary medicine, held by Gregory Kane, MD ’87, professor of medicine and interim chairman of the Department of Medicine.