Paul F. Harron Jr. Lung Center

Mesothelioma and Pleural Disease Physicians and Teams

The team of physicians who treat mesothelioma and pleural disease at Penn Medicine are among the best in the world. Their specialties cover thoracic surgery, pulmonary medicine, endocrine and oncologic surgery, hematology/oncology, pathology, psychiatry, radiology and radiation oncology.

In addition, a patient navigator assists mesothelioma patients with any questions they have, and may help to schedule their appointments with the mesothelioma team.

Co-Directors, Penn Mesothelioma & Pleural Disease Program

Joseph S. Friedberg, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Chief, Thoracic Surgery, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

Daniel Sterman, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine

Team Members

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Clinical Research and Operations

  • Melissa Culligan, RN, BSN
    Director of Clinical Services, Penn Mesothelioma and Pleural Disease Program
    Thoracic Surgery Practice and Research Coordinator
  • Karen D. Mudrick
    Associate Director of Operations & Patient Navigator, Penn Mesothelioma and Pleural Disease Program
  • Mona S. Jacobs-Small, BS, RRT, CCRC
    Clinical Research Coordinator, Abramson Cancer Center
  • Adri Recio, RN 
    Clinical Trials Nurse, Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute
  • Maureen Schofield, BSN, RN
    Clinical Research Nurse, Department of Radiation Oncology
  • Suzanne Walker CRNP, MSN, AOCN
    Nurse Practitioner/Coordinator for Thoracic Malignancies, Abramson Cancer Center