Program Leadership


Lola Chambless, MD
Program Director

Dr. Lola B. Chambless, MD, FAANS is the Neurosurgery Residency Program Director and an Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Dr. Chambless received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and her medical degree from Vanderbilt University where she was a Canby Robinson Scholar and member of Alpha Omega Alpha.  She completed her neurosurgery residency and an enfolded fellowship in neurosurgical oncology at Vanderbilt, as well as a fellowship in minimally invasive neurosurgery at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney Australia.  Her clinical expertise is in the surgical management of brain and skull base tumors with an emphasis on minimally invasive and endoscopic approaches.  Her research interests include the use of advanced data science techniques to predict outcomes in neurosurgical oncology as well as collaborations with biomedical engineers to improve neurosurgical techniques.  When she joined the faculty in 2012 she was appointed Assistant Residency Program Director, and gradually assumed more responsibility for educating and training the students and housestaff of Vanderbilt before being named Program Director in 2018.

Dr. Chambless is passionate about building neurosurgical educational programs nationally.  She currently serves as a Member-at-Large for the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) and Co-chairs the CNS Leadership Institute as well as serving as Vice-Chair of the CNS Education Division. 



Rohan Chitale, MD
Associate Program Director

Rohan Chitale, MD, is the Neurosurgery Residency Associate Program Director and an Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, with a specialty in open cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery.

Dr. Chitale received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated magna cum laude. He received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA and is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha.  He completed his neurosurgery residency and endovascular neurosurgery fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. His areas of clinical expertise include cerebral aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, stroke, fistulas, cavernomas, intracerebral hemorrhage, and other neurovascular disorders of the brain and spine.  His research interests include robotics and imaging applications in neurovascular diseases, as well as clinical outcomes research. 

Dr. Chitale is dedicated to resident education.  He is committed to the guidance and mentorship of trainees through their neurosurgical residency and also through the department’s CAST-approved neurovascular fellowship. He currently serves as Associate Residency Program Director for the Vanderbilt Neurosurgery Residency Program.


Pam Lane
Program Manager

Pam Lane is the Neurosurgery Program Manager at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Pam started her career in Graduate Medical Education in June 2000 working with a busy spine surgery fellowship program in Texas. She moved to Tennessee in 2012 and joined Vanderbilt in early 2013.
Pam enjoys the fast pace and challenges of working with surgical residency and fellowship programs. Her interests include innovation in academic education and mentoring other administrators in GME. She recently became TAGME certified and was named President Elect of the Association of Residency Administrators in Neurosurgery.