Cherie Parungo Erkmen

Cherie Parungo Erkmen
MD, Temple University Health System, Thoracic Surgery, Parkinson Pavilion, Philadelphia, USA


Dr. Cherie Erkmen attended UC Berkeley for her undergraduate degree in Molecular Cell Biology, receiving highest distinction. She graduated from The UCLA School of Medicine with the Alumni Medal, for the top graduate student. She did her general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery residencies at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. She was Assistant Professor of Surgery at Dartmouth Medical School and the Chief of Thoracic Oncology for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. She is currently an Associate Professor of Surgery at Temple Univ. Health Sys. and director of the Temple-Fox Chase Lung Cancer Screening Program. She has earned several teaching awards and continues to mentor medical students and residents with research. Her research interests include translational models of esophagectomy and lung resection. She is also studying implementation and shared decision making in lung cancer screening.

Research Interest

Lung cancer, Esophageal cancer, Novel intraoperative imaging techniques and the meaningful application in treating lung cancer, Decisional sciences surrounding lung cancer screening