Lola Chambless, MD, FAANS

Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery

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.  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.  She also works closely with the Department of Radiation Oncology to provide multidisciplinary care to patients requiring brain radiation. 

Dr. Chambless’ research focus is in the use of advanced data science techniques to predict outcomes in neurosurgical oncology.  She also collaborates with biomedical engineers to improve neurosurgical techniques and cancer biologists to understand the cellular mechanisms behind glioma growth.  She is passionate about medical education, serving as the Residency Program Director in Neurological Surgery and in a number of teaching roles within the Vanderbilt School of Medicine.  She has a strong national reputation, currently serving as a Member-at-Large for the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) co-chairing the CNS Leadership Institute.

Dr. Chambless received her medical degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and her bachelor of science in biological sciences from Stanford University in California.

Postgraduate Training:
Dr. Chambless completed her residency in Neurological Surgery and fellowship in Neurosurgical Oncology at Vanderbilt. She also completed a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Neurosurgical Oncology at the Centre for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery in Sydney, Australia.

Current Research Interests:

  • Application of Machine-Learning Techniques to Neurosurgical Outcomes
  • Tumor Morphometry
  • Cellular Mechanisms of Glioma Growth
  • Predictors of Success in Neurosurgical Training

Academic Office Mailing Address:
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Department of Neurological Surgery
T-4224 Medical Center North
Nashville, TN. 37232-2380
Phone: (615) 322-6638,