Melinda Aldrich

Assistant Professor
Thoracic Surgery

Dr. Aldrich leads a research program focused on lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), primarily in racially diverse populations. She uses large epidemiologic cohorts and electronic health records to identify genetic, social/behavioral, and environmental risk factors and to improve screening and clinical outcomes. She currently has ongoing lung cancer and COPD projects using biospecimens and data from large consortia, the Vanderbilt biobank, and the Southern Community Cohort Study. Her projects also include development and implementation of algorithms to incorporate into research studies using electronic health records.


Dr. Aldrich received her MPH and PhD in Epidemiology at University of California Berkeley and completed her post-doctoral training in Genetic Epidemiology at University of California San Francisco.