Thoracic Surgery

  • Older African American man and a young white female doctor discussing his health record in a doctor's office.

    Health disparity for blacks exists within lung screening guidelines

    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) guidelines that determine which smokers qualify for CT scans are excluding significant numbers of African Americans who develop lung cancer, a health disparity that merits modifications to lung cancer screening criteria, according to a study from Vanderbilt researchers. Read More

    Jun. 26, 2019

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    New robot expands options for thoracic surgery patients

    The thoracic surgery team at Vanderbilt University Medical Center recently added a new tool to its collection of minimally invasive techniques to provide patients the most advanced robotic-assisted surgical procedures. Read More

    Apr. 26, 2018

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    Team to develop steerable robotic needle for biopsies

    Collaboration between a mechanical engineer at Vanderbilt University and a pulmonologist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has resulted in a National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01 grant that will be used to develop a steerable robotic needle to safely biopsy hard-to-reach lung nodules. Read More

    Oct. 26, 2017

  • Genetics of lung cancer survival

    Vanderbilt investigators have conducted a first-of-its-kind genome-wide association study of lung cancer survival in African-Americans. Read More

    Jun. 29, 2017

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    Grant spurs lung cancer surgery research

    Joe B. (Bill) Putnam Jr., M.D., Ingram Professor of Cancer Research and chair of the Department of Thoracic Surgery, and colleague Felix Fernandez, M.D., assistant professor of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, have received a grant to investigate the most effective forms of surgery to treat lung cancer patients. Read More

    Sep. 18, 2014

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    Pioneering cardiothoracic surgeon to speak Nov. 22

    by Tom Wilemon The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) guidelines that determine which smokers qualify for CT scans exclude significant numbers of African Americans who develop lung cancer, a health disparity that merits modifications to lung cancer screening criteria, according to a study from Vanderbilt researchers. “Among smokers diagnosed… Read More

    Nov. 5, 2013

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    Ancestry impacts smoking risk for lungs

    Smoking is more detrimental to lung function in individuals with high proportions of African ancestry. Read More

    Aug. 7, 2012

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    Lung nodule surgery not always “futile”

    Even when lung operations for suspected cancer resection results in a benign diagnosis, there still may be significant benefits to the procedure, new research suggests. Read More

    Dec. 7, 2011