Krystyna Barnard
January 16, 2020

Pierre Massion, MD, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Medicine and Ingram Professor of Cancer Research, recently received a secondary faculty appointment in the Department of Radiology. 

Dr. Massion is co-leader for Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center’s (VICC) Cancer Health Outcomes and Control Research Program, and is Director of the VICC’S Cancer Early Detection and Prevention Initiative, which conducts research for early detection and diagnosis of leading cancers. He also directs a research lab, which focuses specifically on the use of advanced imaging to identify indicators for early detection, development and diagnosis of lung cancer. 

“We are incredibly fortunate to have Dr. Massion at Vanderbilt, and now with an appointment in the Department of Radiology,” said Kim Sandler, MD, Assistant Professor of Radiology and Co-director of the Vanderbilt Lung Screening Program. “As a gifted scientist, clinician and researcher, he will continue to be a champion for imaging in the detection and treatment of lung disease.” 

Over the years, he has collaborated with colleagues in the Department of Radiology, as well as those in the Vanderbilt Lung Screening Program, to perform research related to lung cancer screening and disease.   

“Dr. Massion is an exceptional mentor, providing opportunities for trainees and faculty, and always balancing his critiques with support and encouragement to advance research and clinical initiatives,” added Dr. Sandler. “I look forward to his continued collaboration, which will only be strengthened by his new appointment.”  

Dr. Massion earned his medical degree from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. He completed residency training in internal medicine and a fellowship in pulmonary medicine and critical care at the University of California, San Francisco. He came to Vanderbilt as faculty in 2001. He joins 30 faculty in various Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center departments with secondary appointments in radiology. 

“I’m excited that Dr. Massion will be joining our cohort of secondary faculty,” said Reed Omary, MD, MS, Carol D. and Henry P. Pendergrass Professor and Chair, Department of Radiology. “Secondary appointments are important way to amplify impact across our clinical, research and educational missions.”