Faculty SCRIPS Scholars

Marcus Tan, MBBS, FACS (2021 Scholar)

About Marcus: Dr. Marcus Tan is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery. As a resident in general surgery, he spent three years in the Laboratory of Biologic Cancer Therapy at Washington University in St Louis studying the immunology of pancreatic cancer. He completed a fellowship in Complex General Surgical Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. As faculty at Vanderbilt, his clinical focus is on tumors of the upper abdomen (pancreas, stomach, liver) and retroperitoneum. 

Research Focus: Dr. Tan's research focuses on early molecular events in pancreatic neoplasia, especially the mechanisms of neural infiltration in intra-ductal papillary mucinous neoplasms (IPMN).


Naira Baregamian, MD, MMS, FACS (2020 Scholar)

Senior Faculty Mentor: W. Kimryn Rathmell, MD, PhD

About Naira: Dr. Naira Baregamian is an Assistant Professor of Surgery. She is a fellowship-trained Endocrine Surgeon who joined the Vanderbilt faculty in the Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery after serving as an Endocrine Surgery Fellow in the Department of Surgery at Yale University. Dr. Baregamian completed her surgical residency and NIH T32 surgical research training at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Clinically, Dr. Baregamian specializes in surgical treatment of benign and malignant conditions of the endocrine glands - parathyroid, thyroid and adrenal.

Research Focus: Dr. Baregamian’s research focuses on understanding underlying molecular mechanisms of thyroid and other endocrine cancer progression, and defining the role of tumor metabolism and redox regulation of microenvironment and immunometabolism in advanced endocrine cancers.