Thomas Whalen

Chief Medical Officer
Lehigh Valley Hospital & Health Network


Dr. Thomas Whalen is currently the chief medical officer for Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network. Dr. Whalen joined the health network in 2006 as a pediatric surgeon, chair of surgery and holder of the Anne and Carl Anderson Distinguished Chair of Surgery. In 2010, he was appointed associate chief medical officer and began overseeing the chairs of obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine and dental medicine.

Dr. Whalen earned his medical degree from Boston University, and then completed his general surgery residency at the Navy Regional Medical Center in Portsmouth, Va., and a pediatric surgery fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. He has a master’s degree in medical management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Before joining Lehigh Valley Health Network, he spent 17 years at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey. He also served as a commissioned officer in the medical corps of the regular and reserve Navy for 28 years.

Dr. Whalen is a Regent of the American College of Surgeons and a board member and president-designee of the National Resident Matching program. He has also served on the FDA General and Plastic Surgery Devices advisory committee and chaired the surgery residency review committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.