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Jefferson Appoints Michael Unger, MD, FACP, FCCP, as Professor of Medicine in Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care


PHILADELPHIA – Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University announced the appointment of Michael Unger, MD, FACP, FCCP as Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care.

Dr. Unger joins Jefferson most recently from Fox Chase Cancer Center where he was Director of the Pulmonary Cancer Detection and Prevention Program since 1997. In addition, he was the Director of the Pulmonary Endoscopy and High Risk Lung Cancer Program at Fox Chase Cancer Center from 1997-2014.

“We are so happy to welcome Dr. Unger to the Jefferson team,” said Mani Kavuru, MD, Division Director of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. “He is a highly-experienced and well-regarded physician and will be an important addition to our multi-disciplinary lung cancer program, which is an important focus of the Jefferson-Korman Lung Center.”

Dr. Unger’s national and international reputation and experience as a highly-skilled physician, researcher and educator mirrors the Jeffersonian mission of excellence in healthcare, research and education. His interest focuses on the early detection and prevention of lung cancer, in addition to treatment of the disease with brachytherapy, lasers and other new techniques.

Dr. Unger started his studies in science in Tel Aviv University and received his M.D. with highest honors from the University of Bordeaux. He completed his internship at Wayne State University and Detroit General Hospital; residency at Mount Sinai Hospital and Services City Hospital Center in New York; and research and clinical fellowship in pulmonary diseases at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. He is licensed in New York and Pennsylvania and board certified in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Disease.

Dr. Unger has published 40 peer-reviewed articles, numerous books, chapters, editorials and abstracts in addition to delivering over 150 lectures by invitation. He is an active member of numerous professional organizations including American Thoracic Society, American College of Chest Physicians, International Association of Photodynamic Therapy and the International Association of the Study of Lung Cancer. Dr. Unger serves as the Associate Editor of the Annals of Internal Medicine and remains an active reviewer for many other professional journals.

Editor’s Note: Dr. Unger resides in Wynnewood, PA.

For more information, contact Gail Benner, 215-955-2240,


Thomas Jefferson University (TJU), the largest freestanding academic medical center in Philadelphia, is nationally renowned for medical and health sciences education and innovative research.   Founded in 1824, TJU includes the Sidney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC), one of the largest private medical schools in the country and ranked among the nation’s best medical schools by U.S. News & World Report, and the Jefferson Schools of Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions, Population Health and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.  Jefferson University Physicians is TJU’s multi-specialty physician practice consisting of the full-time faculty of SKMC.  Thomas Jefferson University partners with its clinical affiliate, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals.