Jamii St. Julien, MD, MPH
Resident in Research
Dr. St. Julien began a two- year research program with our group in July 2010. He is supported by the Section of Surgical Sciences T32 cancer training grant (Goldenring-PI). Dr. St. Julien is working to develop a minimally invasive surgical technique using Indium- DOTATATE to excise small suspicious pulmonary nodules. He is closely working with Dr. Grogan who obtained a Vanderbilt SPORE pilot grant to support this work. IRB approval exists for this work at both Vanderbilt and the Veterans Hospital. Dr. St. Julien is working with the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG) to obtain specimens to evaluate a serum proteomic test for the early diagnosis of lung cancer. He works closely with Drs. Grogan and Aldrich on a project using the Society of Thoracic Surgeons database to investigate the impact of obesity on operative resource utilization in a thoracic surgical population. He is working with Dr. John Nesbitt to investigate the role of simulation for training medical students and residents in microsurgical techniques using bovine hearts and saphenous veins. He is also interested in the underrepresentation of minorities within the ranks of academic surgery, and is designing a study to investigate what factors might contribute to this disparity.