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Verdi J. DiSesa

Verdi J. DiSesa, MD, MBA

Senior Vice Dean and Chief Operations Officer; Professor of Surgery and Medicine

Department: Medicine, Surgery


  • AB, Chemistry - Harvard
  • MD - University of Pennsylvania
  • MBA - Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Awards & Honors

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Beta Chapter, Pennsylvania
  • Francis D. Moore Senior Resident Teaching Award, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Memberships / Professional Affiliations

  • American Association for Thoracic Surgery
  • Fellow, American College of Cardiology
  • Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians
  • Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians
  • Fellow, American Heart Association (Council on Cardio-Thoracic and Vascular Surgery)
  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons
  • Fellow, American Surgical Association
  • European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
  • International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • Society of University Surgeons
  • Transplantation Society


  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


  • Surgery - Peter Bent Brigham Hospital
  • Surgery - Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery - Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Cardiac Surgery - Children’s Hospital, Boston

Verdi J. DiSesa, MD, MBA, is senior vice dean and chief operating officer at Drexel University College of Medicine. Dr. DiSesa works to optimize collaboration with the College’s affiliated hospitals, including St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and Tower Health, and other organizations that are engaged in the education of students and residents in order to develop and maintain relationships with affiliated hospitals and health systems on the College’s behalf. He will contribute to the development, implementation and maintenance of strategies and initiatives to advance the vision and objectives of the organization. Dr. DiSesa is charged with increasing the understanding of lifetime health management, population health and social determinants of disease as important guiding principles for clinical practice and medical education.

As senior vice dean and COO, he will contribute to the conception, design and implementation of innovative educational, research and clinical projects and programs. Working collaboratively across the College of Medicine and other Drexel colleges and schools, he will develop innovative teaching and research programs that enhance the ability to measure and improve population health.

Dr. DiSesa has extensive experience in local, national and international health care settings. Most recently he was the president and CEO of Temple University Hospital, chief operating officer of Temple University Health System, and senior vice dean for clinical affairs at Temple University School of Medicine. In addition to his administrative roles, Dr. DiSesa has been actively engaged in the practice of cardiac surgery and in the clinical instruction of residents and medical students continuously throughout his career. He has had faculty appointments at Harvard, Penn, Rush Medical College in Chicago, and Allegheny University of the Sciences (Hahnemann and MCP), as well as Temple.

Dr. DiSesa is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and completed an internship in medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his residency in cardiothoracic surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and in cardiac surgery at Children’s Hospital in Boston. He earned his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

He has served on the boards of Health Partners, Inc., the Kynett Foundation, and the Hospital and Health System Association of Pennsylvania, and on the Lehigh University Health Systems Engineering Industry Leadership Council. Dr. DiSesa is a member of the Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) of the American Medical Association. He is the co-author of two books and has more than 130 publications and 17 book chapters to his credit.


Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

"A Big Dance in Two Steps"
DiSesa VJ
J Thor Cardiovasc Surg; 155: 288, 2018

"Transforming Patient Value: Comparison of Hospital, Surgical and General Surgery Patients"
Pitt HA, Tsypenyuk E, Freeman SL, Carson SR, Shinefeld JA, Hinkle SM, Power BD, Goldberg AJ, DiSesa VJ, Kaiser LR
JACS; 222(4):568-75, Apr 2016

Invited Commentary: "Who's to Blame: The Uninsured and Underserved or the Hospitals that Care for Them?"
Kaiser LR, DiSesa VJ, Pitt HA
JAMA Surg; 151(2):129, 2016

"The Potential Predictive Risk of Not Measuring a Potential Predictor of Risk"
DiSesa VJ
J Thor Cardiovasc Surg;149:1613, 2015

"What's in a Name? The Necessary Transformation of the Academic Medical Center in the Era of Population Health and Accountable Care"
DiSesa VJ and Kaiser LR
Acad Med; 90:842-845, 2015

"The Value of Measuring Value
DiSesa VJ
J Thor Cardiovasc Surg; 149:1066, 2015

Recent Book Chapters

"Valvular and Ischemic Heart Disease"
DiSesa VJ
In: Cohn LH (ed.), Cardiac Surgery in the Adult 4th Edition, McGraw-Hill, New York 2012, pp. 961-77

"Valvular and Ischemic Heart Disease"
LeBoutillier M III and DiSesa VJ
In: Cohn LH and Edmunds LH Jr. (eds.), Cardiac Surgery in the Adult 3rd Edition, McGraw-Hill, New York 2007, pp. 1175-92.

* This physician's clinical practice is independent of Drexel University.

Contact Information

Office of the Dean
New College Building, 19th Floor
245 N. 15th Street, MS 400
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215.762.3500
Fax: 215.762.2621