Jefferson Jane and Leonard Korman Lung Center

Jefferson Jane and Leonard Korman Lung Center is a virtual center established in 2013 by a generous gift from the Korman Family Foundation.  A major goal of the new Lung Center is to advance our understanding of lung disease and translate these findings into improved patient care.  The focus includes lung cancer as well as benign diseases, such as asthma, sarcoidosis, and pulmonary fibrosis, with special emphasis on lung biology. Several key entities will interact closely and collaboratively to advance our understanding of lung disease and provide a platform for education of our trainees and improve patient care.

With a major focus on lung cancer, the Center will attack the leading cause of cancer death in the United States and worldwide. Early detection and diagnosis and improving our knowledge of important molecular targets is critical to changing the outcome of patients.  We have established a unique multidisciplinary collaboration between various specialties to improve both care of lung cancer and other lung diseases in a cohesive manner.  This investment enables us to recruit national leaders and further expand our clinical offerings to create a world class program for the treatment and prevention of lung disease.  

The Korman’s gift makes possible the recruitment of three new faculty, the establishment of two clinical and research programs and an upgrade of current clinical and research facilities to build on Jefferson’s current national prominence in pulmonary and critical care medicine, currently ranked #14 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. 

The Center’s priorities include expanding lung cancer care through development of a comprehensive program including evaluation and diagnosis through the lung cancer screening and nodule program, and growing surgical and oncologic care through partnerships with the departments of Surgery, Medical and Radiation Oncology. A nurse coordinator will be brought on to navigate patients through the program. 

The Korman’s support will allow for increased focus on basic and translational research through the recruitment of a lung biologist whose research is expected to enhance methods of detecting and treating a variety of lung diseases in the exam room. In addition, a medical oncologist will focus on bringing clinical trials and the newest advances in molecular therapeutics and personalized medicine to Jefferson patients.

The Institute will also focus on non-cancerous pulmonary disease care through the creation of the Asthma and Sarcoidosis Programs to improve outcomes for patients with asthma and sarcoidosis, a regionally prevalent disease that triggers the formation of non-cancerous masses in the lungs.  

Ongoing disease prevention and advanced pulmonary diagnostic programs will form the foundation of the program with the goal of disease prevention and halting lung disease before it develops.   

The Korman’s gift will also establish a fully-funded professorship in pulmonary medicine to enable Jefferson to continue the academic mission and research initiatives that characterize it as a leader in medical education and health care. 

About Jane and Leonard Korman and the Jane and Leonard Korman Family Foundation

The Jane and Leonard Korman family has long supported the efforts of Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals.

Leonard I. Korman has been a Thomas Jefferson University trustee since 1998. He is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Trevose, Pennsylvania-based real estate development and management company, Korman Commercial Properties, Inc. and a partner in the Korman Company. Mr. Korman has been engaged in all aspects of real estate management and development as owner and senior executive his entire adult life. 

Jane Korman has been a patron of the arts community for many years. Currently she is a Trustee of the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, a Trustee of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York and a member of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Craft Show. She is also a member of the Modern and Contemporary Art Committee and Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Together, Jane and Leonard have been dedicated to creating and supporting numerous initiatives and programs in the cultural and healthcare fields throughout the region.   

Jane and Leonard Korman Endow Professorship in Pulmonary Medicine
May 2013 • Gregory Kane, MD ’87, invested as the first Jane and Leonard Korman Professor of Pulmonary Medicine at a ceremony on May 9, 2013.

Jane and Leonard Korman Endow Professorship in Pulmonary Medicine

Jefferson – Jane and Leonard Korman Lung Center