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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September 1, 2020

Jennifer Richmond, PhD, MSPH, has joined the TREAT team. Dr. Richmond attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, where she completed her graduate degree in Health Behavior. She is also a graduate of the Robert Wood Johns Foundation’s Health Policy Research Scholars Program. She successfully competed for a T32 scholarship and will participate in the T32 PROgRESS program at VUMC. Dr. Richmond joins us to continue her quantitative and qualitative work focused on addressing racial disparities in lung cancer screening and treatment.


August 28, 2020


Chancellors award 2020

TREAT members Melinda Aldrich, PhD, MPH, and Jeffrey Blume, PhD, are the 2020 recipients of the Vanderbilt University Chancellor’s Award for Research on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. The Chancellor’s Awards for Research on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion recognize excellence on the part of faculty in published research, scholarship, or creative expression that advances understanding of equity, diversity and inclusion.


August 11, 2020


Melinda Aldrich, PhD, MPH, has been invited to serve on the National Lung Cancer Roundtable, Lung Cancer Screening Implementation Strategies Task Force.



Melinda Aldrich, PhD, MPH, has been invited to serve a 3-year term on the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) Government & Public Policy Advocacy Committee.


May 8, 2020

Congratulations to TREAT team members Nancy Liu and Diane Haddad! Nancy Liu graduates today from Vanderbilt University with a BA in Medicine, Health, and Society and Diane Haddad, MD, has earned her MPH in Health Policy from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.


April 1, 2020

"Disparities in Lung Cancer Screening: A Review" has been published in Annals of the American Thoracic Society. Authors include TREAT members Diane Haddad, MD, Kim Sandler, MD, and Melinda Aldrich, PhD.


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. 

Vanderbilt Lung Screening Program

Read "A decade after lung cancer, aspiring minister aims for a ‘significant life’". An illness and CT-scan led to a diagnosis of lung cancer for Mr. Taylor Stokes. TREAT member Eric Grogan, MD, MPH, performed the surgery to remove the tumor from Mr. Stokes’ lung and now Mr. Stokes has annual follow-up scans through Vanderbilt’s Lung Screening Program.


Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s (VUMC) Lung Screening Program for patients at high risk for cancer recently reached a milestone, enrolling more than 700 patients and performing more than 1,000 CT screening examinations. TREAT member Kim Sandler, MD, is co-director of the Lung Screening Program. Read more at