Eric L. Grogan, M.D. M.P.H.

Associate Professor
Department of Thoracic Surgery
Vice Chair for Research
Department of Thoracic Surgery
Chief of Thoracic Surgery
Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Nashville TN
The Vanderbilt Clinic
1301 Medical Center Drive
Room / Suite
Clinic Phone
Appointments: (615) 322-0064
Fax: (615) 936-7003

Dr. Grogan, was from Paducah, KY and chose to attend Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN where he earned his BS degree and graduated summa cum laude in 1995. In 1999, he received his medical degree with honors from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. After completing a general surgery internship and residency at Vanderbilt, Dr. Grogan continued his cardiothoracic surgery training at the University of Virginia where he also was the minimally invasive thoracic fellow. During his surgical training, he also obtained a Master's in Public Health from Vanderbilt University focusing on surgical outcomes research and quality improvement.

Dr. Grogan's clinical practice includes all areas of general thoracic surgery. He has experience in the treatment of lung and esophageal cancer, lung failure surgery, lung transplantation, mediastinal tumors, and tracheal and bronchoplastic procedures. Dr. Grogan's clinical interests have focused on minimally invasive thoracic surgery for treatment of lung cancer and benign esophageal diseases. He performs VATS lobectomies, radiotracer guided excision of small pulmonary nodules, and laparoscopic and thoracoscopic esophageal surgical procedures.

Dr. Grogan's current research focuses on the early detection and optimal therapy for patients with lung cancer. He holds a secondary appointment with the Department of Medicine and the Institute for Medicine and Public Health.

Dr. Grogan joined the Vanderbilt University faculty in July, 2008.


  • B.S., David Lipscomb University, Summa Cum Laude, 1995
  • M.D., Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Alpha Omega Alpha, 1999
  • M.P.H., Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, 2004

Postgraduate Training

  • Internship and General Surgery Residency, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Minimally Invasive Thoracic Fellow, University of Virginia
  • Cardiothoracic Residency, University of Virginia

Board Certifications

  • The American Board of Surgery
  • The American Board of Thoracic Surgery

See Dr. Grogans publications on PubMed.