TREAT Lung Cancer Program

Thoracic disease, Research, Epidemiology, Assessment, and Treatment

Our goal is to ultimately improve the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer for all populations. We are a multidisciplinary team of biostatisticians, nurses, thoracic surgeons and epidemiologists that perform cutting edge research in epidemiologic and clinical studies of lung cancer. We collaborate with leading investigators with expertise in genetics, epidemiology, medicine, surgery, pulmonology, bioinformatics, and health services research to improve the prevention and clinical care of lung cancer.

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Nashville Lung Cancer Screening Trial

Read "Saved by the Scan", the story of a participant in the Nashville Lung Cancer Screening Trial who credits the low-dose CT scan she received as part of the trial and subsequent physician care with saving her life. 


November 29, 2017

Tory Martucci has been accepted to attend an Advanced Gene Mapping Course at Rockefeller University. The course emphasis is analysis of complex human disease traits, concentrating on methods to detect rare and common variant associations. 


November 13, 2017

Carissa Jones, Ph.D., presented poster "Mapping African Ancestral Contributions to African Americans" and Tory Martucci presented poster "Analysis of Biogeographic Ancestry Reveals Complex Genetic Histories for Indigenous Communities of St. Vincent and Trinidad" at the 2017 Vanderbilt Genetics Institute Symposium.


November 10, 2017

"Assessment of Fluorodeoxyglucose F18-Labeled Positron Emission Tomography for Diagnosis of High-Risk Lung Nodules" has been published in JAMA Surgery. TREAT team authors are Amelia Maiga, M.D., Stephen Deppen, Ph.D., Jeffrey Blume, Ph.D., Rhonda Pinkerman, M.S.N., and Eric Grogan, M.D. and former TREAT team member Sarah Mercaldo, Ph.D. also interviewed Dr. Maiga about this article; read the transcript of this interview here.


October 4, 2017

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Tory Martucci has been selected to present a poster at the 2017 American Society of Human Genetics annual meeting.  Tory will present "Identification of genetic variants associated with lung cancer risk among European and African Americans with COPD".


May 10, 2017


Congratulations to TREAT members Brittany Hollister, Carissa Jones, Sarah Mercaldo, and Tim O'Brien, each graduating this year with their PhD!


February 1, 2017


Amelia Maiga, M.D., presented “Timeliness of Care and Lung Cancer T-stage Progression: How Long Can We Wait?” at the 2017 Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Annual Meeting held January 21-25.


November 22, 2016


Dr. Eric Grogan appears on NewsChannel 5 OpenLine along with Dr. Pierre Massion, Director of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) Cancer Early Detection and Prevention Initiative, and lung cancer survivor Kathy Leiser.  The segment promotes lung cancer awareness and highlights developments in the treatment of lung cancer.