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Joseph S. Friedberg, MD

Thoracic & Cardiac Surgeon, Medical Oncologist

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Conditions Treated Laryngeal Cancer Lung Cancer Ovarian Cancer Pericardial Mesothelioma Pleural Mesothelioma Testicular Mesothelioma

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  • Bio & Insurance Information

    Dr. Friedberg started his career as an engineer, graduating from the University of Pennsylvania College of Engineering and Applied Science before starting medical school at Harvard. Completing a residency at the Mass General Hospital and a fellowship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dr. Joseph Friedberg currently holds the position of chief of thoracic surgery at the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Friedberg’s specialty is thoracic surgery, with a board certification in this respective field. Dr. Friedberg is also helping develop new and less invasive interventions for mesothelioma patients, mainly those that require a tumor being removed from the thoracic area. His engineering background proved of significant value when developing these improved treatment methods.

  • Education & Training


    University of Pennsylvania College of Engineering and Applied Science



    Harvard Medical School - 1986

    Medical School


    Mass Genl Hospital



    Brigham and Women’s Hospital


  • Board Certifications

    American Board of Thoracic Surgery - Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery

  • Hospital & Practice

    Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

    Languages: English/Spanish

    (215) 662-8000

    51 N 39th St

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104

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  • Publications & Memberships

    Dr. Joseph S. Friedberg has contributed to 4 publications.

    Changing clinical course of patients with malignant mesothelioma: Implications for FNA cytology and utility of immunocytochemical staining.

    Yu GH, Soma L, Hahn S, Friedberg JS:

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    A phase I study of Foscan-mediated photodynamic therapy and surgery in patients with mesothelioma.

    Friedberg JS, Mick R, Stevenson J, Metz J, Zhu T, Buyske J, Sterman DH, Pass HI, Glatstein E, Hahn SM:

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    Hahn SM. Smith RP. Friedberg J: Photodynamic therapy for mesothelioma.

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    A multicenter phase II trial of neo-adjuvant pemetrexed plus cisplatin followed by extrapleural pneumo-nectomy and radiation for pleural mesothelioma.

    Krug L, Pass H, Rusch V, Bloss, Sugarbaker D, Friedberg JS, Vogelzang.

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    American Association for Thoracic Surgery

    American College of Chest Physicians

    American Society of Clinical Oncology

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September 17, 2014

by Jacob P.

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“Dr. Jacob is a fantastic doctor, he saved my father’s life and was receptive answering our questions. My father is sometimes rigid but he knew he was in the best hands. I can’t say enough about Dr. Friedberg. He was very kind to my entire family and I feel blessed that we met him. ”

February 23, 2013

by Ryan G.

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“I had lung cancer and Dr. Friedberg removed the upper lobe of my right lung. I read patient reviews of other surgeons that described the recuperation as being very long and difficult, but Dr. Friedberg was so skilled that I had no pain after I got home. I fully recovered to a very physically active style immediately. ”