Gerald M. Lemole, M.D., was appointed Medical Director of Christiania Care’s Preventive Medicine and Rehabilitation Institute and Center for Integrative Health in January, 2007. Prior to his appointment as Medical Director, Dr. Lemole was Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Medical Center of Delaware since 1986.
He joined Christiana Care Health Services Staff as a consulting physician in 1975. In 2006, Dr. Lemole was the recipient of the W. L. Samuel Carpenter III Distinguished Chair of Cardiovascular Surgery, Christiana Care Health System.
Dr. Lemole received his undergraduate degree from Villanova University in Philadelphia in 1958 and his doctor of medicine degree from Temple University School of Medicine in 1962. From medical school, Dr. Lemole returned to his birthplace, Staten Island, New York, where he served a one-year internship at Staten Island Hospital.
Upon completing his internship, he returned to Philadelphia for a residency in general surgery at Temple University Hospital. He did his cardiac training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, from 1967 to 1969. While at Baylor, Dr. Lemole became certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and began serving as an instructor in surgery. In 1968 he was a member of the surgical team that performed the first successful heart transplant in the United States.