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. 

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


February 22, 2019

Stephen Deppen, PhD, and Eric Grogan, MD, MPH, have received a $25,000 gift from The Huff Project for their research proposal "Cancer or Fungus? Avoiding Unnecessary Surgeries of Lung Nodules Suspicious for Cancer". The Huff Project was founded by lung cancer patient Stephen Huff and his wife, Emily. Read more about this award at


December 3, 2018

Stephen Deppen, PhD, was invited to present his seminar "A Coin Flip: Histoplasmosis vs. Lung Cancer"  at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA on December 3, 2018.



October 17, 2018

"Mapping African Ancestry among African Americans" (authors Carissa C. Jones, PhD, Jacquelaine Bartlett, MS, Paula S. Ramos, PhD, Stephen J. Chanock, MD, Sarah A. Tishkoff, PhD, Scott M. Williams, PhD, and Melinda C. Aldrich, PhD, MPH) was selected as a Top 10% Abstract at the 2018 American Society of Human Genetics annual meeting.


August 20, 2018

Congratulations to Tory Martucci! She has been awarded a NIH F30 grant from NHLBI for "Unraveling the Complexities of COPD: Modeling COPD Outcomes and Phenotype Associations Using Electronic Health Records".


August 2, 2018


Jerod Crockett was awarded Outstanding Scientific Abstract for "Integrating Biomarkers into the Diagnosis of Indeterminate Pulmonary Nodules”, the focus of his summer internship with TREAT member Eric Grogan, MD, MPH, at the 2018 Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy Student Research Symposium. Jerod was selected as one of five in a field of 136 undergraduates participating in the Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy to give an oral presentation at the symposium. Jerod is a student at Lipscomb University In Nashville, Tennessee and is participating in the Vanderbilt Undergraduate Clinical Research Internship Program (UCRIP).


May 30, 2018

Tory Martucci has been reappointed to the Human Genetics Training Grant for a second year. The Vanderbilt Human Genetics Training Grant is funded as part of the NIH/NIGMS Genetics Predoctoral Research Training Program.


May 7, 2018

Monica Polcz, MD, was awarded first place in the Quickshot division at the 2018 Association of VA Surgeons meeting for her talk "Reducing Benign Lung Resections by Integrating an Interventional Pulmonology Program with a Thoracic Surgery Department".


May 5, 2018

Amelia Maiga, MD, MPH, presented two abstracts at the 2018 Association of VA Surgeons meeting: "Penetrance and Mortality of VATS Lung Resections within the VA" and "Presence of coronary artery calcifications on staging CT imaging may predict higher mortality in patients with early-stage lung cancer".