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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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.


August 2, 2019

Tory Martucci attended the 34th Annual MD/PhD National Student Conference in Copper Mountain, Colorado July 12-14.The weekend consisted of poster sessions, oral presentations, keynotes, and career development sessions led by Physician Scientist Training Program directors.


July 15, 2019

TREAT members Melinda Aldrich, PhD, MPH, Kim Sandler, MD, Eric Grogan, MD, MPH, and Jeffrey Blume, PhD, have received national interest in their article "Evaluation of USPSTF Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines Among African American Adult Smokers", published June 27, 2019 in JAMA Oncology. The article has been highlighted in the JAMA Oncology podcast, Reuters, Bloomberg Law, Popular Science, Medpage Today, as well as in the VUMC Reporter. Other article authors are William Blot, PhD, and Sarah Mercaldo, 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