Jefferson Appoints Michael Unger, MD, FACP, FCCP, as Professor of Medicine in Division of Pulmonary and 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, M.D., 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 career and experience as a highly-skilled physician, researcher and educator mirrors the Jeffersonian mission of excellence in healthcare, research and education. His focus is the early detection and prevention of lung cancer, in addition to late treatment of the disease with lasers and new techniques.

Dr. Unger received his undergraduate degree in science from Tel Aviv University and M.D. 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 and the International Association of the Study of Lung Cancer. Dr. Unger served as the Associate Editor of the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2009.


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.