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

Associate Professor
Department of Thoracic Surgery

Lung nodule evaluation; Health services research; Lung cancer predictive modeling; Small nodule localization research


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 was born in Charlottesville, Virginia and raised in Paducah, Kentucky. He attended Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN and graduated summa cum laude in 1995. In 1999, he received his medical degree with honors from Vanderbilt University. 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 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

Dr. Grogan's Curriculum Vitae is available in PDF format.

View Dr. Grogan's publications on PubMed


Eric L. Grogan, M.D. M.P.H.
Associate Professor of Thoracic Surgery                                                                                                                                                                                           Vice Chairman of Research
Associate Professor of Medicine                                                                                                                                                                                                       Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Section Chief Thoracic Surgery                                                                                                                                                                                                         Veterans Hospital, Nashville, TN