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.



May 13, 2022

Congratulations to Sreekar Miriyala on his graduation! 

Sreekar had an outstanding thesis defense where he presented his work titled “Evaluation of medical mistrust, stigma, racism, and discrimination on lung cancer screening uptake: A scoping review”. Special thanks to Kirsten Nguyen and Anika Park for their contributions to this work and Jennifer Richmond for her leadership. Sreekar’s adventures are next focused on Taiwan where he will participate with the Fulbright Taiwan English Language Teaching Program.


Congratulations to Tory Martucci on her graduation! 

Now a MD/PhD!! #doubledoc 

Tory made stellar contributions to our team and because of her mentorship was beloved by the students that later joined the lab. Tory heads to the University of Colorado for a combined pediatrics/medical genetics residency.


Congratulations to Hannah Marmor, MD on her graduation! 

Hannah completed her MPH and her general surgery residency and is headed north to cooler climates.


Congratulations to Anika Park!  

Anika heads to NIH for an internship this summer.  


Congratulations to Jennifer Richmond!

Jennifer has been awarded a GMaP R1S Cancer Health Disparities Professional Development and Research Stimulus Award for her work focused on addressing medical mistrust in lung cancer screening.


Congratulations to Michael Betti! 

Michael presented his novel functional annotation method, CoRE-BED at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory 2022 Meeting: Systems Biology-Global Regulation of Gene Expression.


April 18, 2022

Jennifer Richmond, PhD, has published "Development and Validation of the Trust in My Doctor, Trust in Doctors in General, and Trust in the Health Care Team Scales" in Social Science & Medicine. 


April 13, 2022


Congratulations to Jennifer Richmond, PhD! Her T32 research project was selected as a podium presentation for the 28th Annual AHRQ NRSA Trainees Research Conference on May 24-25, 2022.


February 17, 2022


Congratulations to Kim Ellis! She has been accepted to the competitive year-long ASHG program, the Advocacy Certificate for Human Genetics and Genomics Trainees (ACGT). This new program introduces trainee ASHG members to the world of science policy and advocacy while building their professional skills.


January 13, 2022

Congratulations to TREAT member Kim Ellis! She has been accepted into the Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellow program. This competitive fellowship is hosted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Kim will be participating in a 12-week in-person fellowship this Spring in Washington, DC at the Academies’ offices. She will be advised by Dr. Sharyl Nass, Director of the Board on Health Care Services and Director of the National Cancer Policy Forum.


November 17, 2021

Hannah Marmor, MD, has been accepted to the Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) Reviewer Academy, a one-year program with a formal peer review curriculum that includes AWS mentees and mentors. Congratulations, Hannah!


November 3, 2021

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Melinda Aldrich, PhD, MPH, has been elected to serve a three-year term on the Steering Committee of the International Lung Cancer Consortium (ILCCO).


August 25, 2021


Jennifer Richmond, PhD, has received the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Scholar-in-Training Award, which recognizes meritorious abstracts submitted to the AACR Virtual Conference on "The Science of Cancer Health Disparities". Congratulations, Jennifer!


August 9, 2021

Congratulations to Jennifer Richmond, PhD! She has been awarded a NIH Loan Repayment Award from the National Cancer Institute.




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