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Thoracic Surgery, Research, Epidemiology, Diagnosis, And Treatment (TREAT) Lung Cancer Program

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.


Melinda C. Aldrich, Ph.D, M.P.H.2014 Keystone Symposia Fellow

Melinda C. Aldrich, Ph.D., M.P.H. was chosen as a Fellow for the

Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology 2014


Melinda Aldrich, Ph.D., M.P.H. was awarded a five year NIH K07 grant from the National Cancer Institute  "Unraveling Genetic Determinants of Lung Cancer Risk in African Americans."

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Stephen A. Deppen, M.A., M.S., PhDStephen Deppen, M.A., M.S., Ph.D. candidate, in April received a 2013 Scholar-in-Training Award from the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) at the annual meeting held in Washington, D.C. The AACR Award program has provided more than 3,300 grants to young investigators dedicated to the fight against cancer. Deppen competed against more than 100 post docs, graduate students and junior faculty. His research on the wide variation of benign disease diagnoses following lung surgery also received a Blue Ribbon Award during the poster session.





Investigator (PI)

Eric L. Grogan, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Principal Investigator (PI)

Melinda Aldrich, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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