Division of Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care

Jane & Leonard Korman Respiratory Institute — Jefferson Health & National Jewish Health

The Korman’s gift enables us to recruit three new faculty members, establish two clinical and research programs and upgrade our current clinical and research facilities. This helps us build on Thomas Jefferson University’s current national prominence in pulmonary and critical care medicine.  

The Jane and Leonard Korman Respiratory Institute — Jefferson Health and National Jewish Health’s priorities include expanding lung cancer care by developing a comprehensive program that includes 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 allows for increased focus on basic and translational research by recruiting 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 patients.

The Korman Respiratory Institute will also focus on non-cancerous pulmonary disease care by creating Asthma and Sarcoidosis Programs to improve outcomes for patients with asthma and sarcoidosis, a regionally prevalent disease that triggers non-cancerous masses to form in the lungs.  

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

About Jane & Leonard Korman & the 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.

Learn more about the Korman Respiratory Institute at Jefferson University Hospital.

Jane & Leonard Korman Endow Professorship in Pulmonary Medicine

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

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