Krystyna Barnard
February 24, 2020

Alexander Langerman, MD, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, was recently appointed secondary faculty in the Department of Radiology. He also currently serves as the Director of Vanderbilt’s Surgical Ethics Program, and has faculty positions in the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering (VISE) and the Vanderbilt Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society. 

“We are honored to have Dr. Langerman join our department in this capacity,” said Reed Omary, MD, MS, Carol D. and Henry P. Pendergrass Professor and Chair, Department of Radiology. “Dr. Langerman has a unique skillset that encompasses data science and medical ethics, and I look forward to learning from, and innovating, with him.” 

Dr. Langerman completed his medical degree and Otolaryngology residency at the University of Chicago. He subsequently did a fellowship in Head and Neck Surgery, Cranial Base Surgery and Microvascular Reconstruction at Vanderbilt University Medical Center before returning to the University of Chicago to complete a fellowship in clinical medical ethics, and a master’s in clinical and administrative data science. 

Having additional interests in entrepreneurship and innovation, Dr. Langerman co-founded a startup company, ExplORer Surgical, specializing in real-time surgical data acquisition. His research areas focus on surgical transparency, health care redesign and surgical informatics, and he is currently participating as a 2020 VISE Physician-in-Residence. The six-month program, performed in collaboration with colleagues from the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering, is designed to develop technology that will improve surgery and patient care. 

“Dr. Langerman and I have worked together at weekly Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer conferences, along with many others, to provide a team approach to oncologic care for head and neck cancer patients,” said Courtney Tomblinson, MD, Assistant Professor of Radiology. “His innovative approach to his profession and research interests are inspiring. His addition to our department as secondary faculty will be of exceptional benefit to radiology faculty and residents by forging new opportunities for clinical and research collaboration.”

Dr. Langerman, who joined Vanderbilt as faculty in 2015, is among more than 30 faculty from departments across Vanderbilt University and the Medical Center with secondary appointments in the Department of Radiology. 

“Secondary appointments represent our commitment to collaborating with colleagues who have knowledge and expertise outside of radiology,” added Dr. Omary. “The ability to break through existing silos and innovate with a multidisciplinary team is essential to delivering the best patient care possible.”