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Eric L.  Grogan

Eric L. Grogan, M.D., M.P.H.

Professor of Thoracic Surgery & Medicine
Investigator, Institute for Medicine and Public Health

  • Appointments
    Physicians: 1-877-936-8422
  • Clinical Trials Information
  • Other Telephone Numbers
    Nashville Veterans Affairs Medical Center
    (615) 327-4751 or (800) 228-4973

  • Faxes
    Nashville Veterans Affairs Medical Center Fax
    (615) 873-7901

    Clinic Fax
  • Addresses
    The Vanderbilt Clinic
    1301 Medical Center Dr., Suite 1710
    Nashville, TN 37232-5734

    Nashville Veterans Affairs Medical Center
    1310 24th Ave. South
    Nashville , TN 37212-2637

    Vanderbit Medical Center
    609 Oxford House, 1313 21st Avenue South
    Nashville, TN 37232-4682

Dr. Grogan's clinical practice includes all areas of general thoracic surgery. He has experience in the treatment of lung and esophageal cancer, lung failure surgery, lung transplantation, mediastinal tumors, and tracheal and bronchoplastic procedures. Dr. Grogan's clinical interests have focused on minimally invasive thoracic surgery for treatment of lung cancer and benign esophageal diseases. He performs VATS lobectomies, radiotracer guided excision of small pulmonary nodules, and laparoscopic and thoracoscopic esophageal surgical procedures.

Dr. Grogan was born in Charlottesville, Virginia and raised in Paducah, Kentucky. He attended Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN and graduated summa cum laude in 1995. In 1999, he received his medical degree with honors from Vanderbilt University. After completing a general surgery internship and residency at Vanderbilt, Dr. Grogan continued his cardiothoracic surgery training at the University of Virginia where he also was the minimally invasive thoracic fellow. During his surgical training, he also obtained a Master's in Public Health from Vanderbilt University focusing on surgical outcomes research and quality improvement.

Dr. Grogan's current research focuses on the early detection and optimal therapy for patients with lung cancer. He holds a secondary appointment with the Department of Medicine and the Institute for Medicine and Public Health.

Dr. Grogan joined the Vanderbilt University faculty in 2008. He serves as the chief of Thoracic Surgery at Nashville VA Hospital.

  • B.S. Lipscomb University, Summa Cum Laude, 1995
  • M.D., Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Alpha Omega Alpha, 1999
  • M.P.H., Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, 2004
Research Description

A recently recruited member of the Department of Thoracic Surgery, Eric L. Grogan, M.D., M.P.H., has also been awarded the VPSD grant. His grant entitled “Predicting Lung Cancer with a Serum Protein Test” is a translational research project that is using serum proteomics, epidemiology, and imaging techniques to predict lung cancer in patients with pulmonary nodules. “With the increasing use of Computed Tomography (CT scan), we are finding more pulmonary nodules. Most of these nodules are benign, but some are malignant and determining which ones are cancerous is challenging. Currently we use a combination of the patient’s risk factors and imaging to decide which nodules are high risk for cancer and need surgical excision. However, 20 percent of our operations on these suspicious nodules result in a benign diagnosis. This puts our patients at risk and is costly to the medical system.”
“Using a multidisciplinary approach, we have a team of basic scientists, translational scientists pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, epidemiologists, and health economists. We are working together to develop a cost-effective blood test for patients with suspected lung cancer. Dr. Pierre Massion’s laboratory (VICC Spore Grant) has developed a simple blood test that can predict patients who have all stages of lung cancer. Using MALDI – MS techniques, they have identified a seven protein signature that is highly predictive of lung cancer. Together, we are determining the accuracy of this serum proteomic test in patients with lung nodules and are combining this serum proteomic test with the patient’s risk factors and imaging characteristics. A highly specific test will help reduce unnecessary surgery while not missing any cases of lung cancer. We are also evaluating the accuracy of this test in predicting lung cancer recurrence.”

  • Grogan EL, Deppen S, Pecot CV, Putnam JB, Nesbitt JC, Shyr Y, Rajanbabu R, Ory B, Lambright ES, Massion PP. Diagnostic characteristics of a serum biomarker in patients with positron emission tomography scans. Ann. Thorac. Surg. 2010 Jun; 89(6): 1724-8; discussion 1728. PMID: 20494018, PMCID: PMC3026702, PII: S0003-4975(10)00602-8, DOI: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2010.03.008, ISSN: 1552-6259.
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  • Hennessy SA, Grogan EL, Harthun NL, Jones DR, Kozower BD, Ailawadi G, Lau CL. Transplant pneumonectomy in a patient with an acutely thrombosed allograft. Ann. Thorac. Surg. 2010 Mar; 89(3): 975-7. PMID: 20172174, PII: S0003-4975(09)01592-6, DOI: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2009.07.085, ISSN: 1552-6259.
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  • Grogan EL, Stukenborg GJ, Nagji AS, Simmons W, Kozower BD, Jones DR, Daniel TM. Radiotracer-guided thoracoscopic resection is a cost-effective technique for the evaluation of subcentimeter pulmonary nodules. Ann. Thorac. Surg. 2008 Sep; 86(3): 934-40; discussion 934. PMID: 18721586, PII: S0003-4975(08)00988-0, DOI: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2008.05.002, ISSN: 1552-6259.
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  • Grogan EL, Jones DR. VATS lobectomy is better than open thoracotomy: what is the evidence for short-term outcomes?. Thorac Surg Clin. 2008 Aug; 18(3): 249-58. PMID: 18831499, PII: S1547-4127(08)00044-3, DOI: 10.1016/j.thorsurg.2008.04.007, ISSN: 1547-4127.
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  • Grogan EL, Jones DR, Kozower BD, Simmons WD, Daniel TM. Identification of small lung nodules: technique of radiotracer-guided thoracoscopic biopsy. Ann. Thorac. Surg. 2008 Feb; 85(2): S772-7. PMID: 18222215, PII: S0003-4975(07)02399-5, DOI: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2007.10.105, ISSN: 1552-6259.
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  • Murff HJ, France DJ, Blackford J, Grogan EL, Yu C, Speroff T, Pichert JW, Hickson GB. Relationship between patient complaints and surgical complications. Qual Saf Health Care. 2006 Feb; 15(1): 13-6. PMID: 16456204, PMCID: PMC2564001, PII: 15/1/13, DOI: 10.1136/qshc.2005.013847, ISSN: 1475-3901.
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  • Norris PR, Morris JA, Ozdas A, Grogan EL, Williams AE. Heart rate variability predicts trauma patient outcome as early as 12 h: implications for military and civilian triage. J. Surg. Res [print-electronic]. 2005 Nov; 129(1): 122-8. PMID: 15978622, PII: S0022-4804(05)00223-4, DOI: 10.1016/j.jss.2005.04.024, ISSN: 0022-4804.
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  • France DJ, Stiles R, Gaffney EA, Seddon MR, Grogan EL, Nixon WR, Speroff T. Crew resource management training--clinicians' reactions and attitudes. AORN J. 2005 Aug; 82(2): 213-24; quiz 225. PMID: 16153049, ISSN: 0001-2092.
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  • Grogan EL. Should I lie about my work hours this week? [letter]. J. Am. Coll. Surg. 2005 Apr; 200(4): 635-6. PMID: 15804483, PII: S1072-7515(04)01483-8, DOI: 10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2004.12.001, ISSN: 1072-7515.
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  • Poulose BK, Holzman MD, Lao OB, Grogan EL, Goldstein RE. Laparoscopic adrenalectomy: 100 resections with clinical long-term follow-up. Surg Endosc [print-electronic]. 2005 Mar; 19(3): 379-85. PMID: 15624053, DOI: 10.1007/s00464-004-8914-x, ISSN: 1432-2218.
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  • Grogan EL, Morris JA, Dittus RS, Moore DE, Poulose BK, Diaz JJ, Speroff T. Cervical spine evaluation in urban trauma centers: lowering institutional costs and complications through helical CT scan. J. Am. Coll. Surg. 2005 Feb; 200(2): 160-5. PMID: 15664088, PII: S1072-7515(04)01357-2, DOI: 10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2004.10.019, ISSN: 1072-7515.
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  • Poulose BK, Scholz S, Moore DE, Schmidt CR, Grogan EL, Lao OB, Nanney L, Davidson J, Holzman MD. Physiologic properties of small intestine submucosa. J. Surg. Res. 2005 Feb; 123(2): 262-7. PMID: 15680388, PII: S0022-4804(04)00534-7, DOI: 10.1016/j.jss.2004.08.011, ISSN: 0022-4804.
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  • Grogan EL, Norris PR, Speroff T, Ozdas A, France DJ, Harris PA, Jenkins JM, Stiles R, Dittus RS, Morris JA. Volatility: a new vital sign identified using a novel bedside monitoring strategy. J Trauma. 2005 Jan; 58(1): 7-12; discussion 12. PMID: 15674143, PII: 00005373-200501000-00002, ISSN: 0022-5282.
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  • Grogan EL, Stiles RA, France DJ, Speroff T, Morris JA, Nixon B, Gaffney FA, Seddon R, Pinson CW. The impact of aviation-based teamwork training on the attitudes of health-care professionals. J. Am. Coll. Surg. 2004 Dec; 199(6): 843-8. PMID: 15555963, PII: S1072-7515(04)01175-5, DOI: 10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2004.08.021, ISSN: 1072-7515.
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  • Grogan EL, Morris JA, Norris PR, France DJ, Ozdas A, Stiles RA, Harris PA, Dawant BM, Speroff T. Reduced heart rate volatility: an early predictor of death in trauma patients. Ann. Surg. 2004 Sep; 240(3): 547-54; discussion 554. PMID: 15319726, PMCID: PMC1356445, PII: 00000658-200409000-00016, ISSN: 0003-4932.
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  • Grogan EL, Speroff T, Deppen SA, Roumie CL, Elasy TA, Dittus RS, Rosenbloom ST, Holzman MD. Improving documentation of patient acuity level using a progress note template. J. Am. Coll. Surg. 2004 Sep; 199(3): 468-75. PMID: 15325618, PII: S1072-7515(04)00702-1, DOI: 10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2004.05.254, ISSN: 1072-7515.
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  • Roumie CL, Grogan EL, Falbe W, Awad J, Speroff T, Dittus RS, Elasy TA. A three-part intervention to change the use of hormone replacement therapy in response to new evidence. Ann. Intern. Med. 2004 Jul 7/20/2004; 141(2): 118-25. PMID: 15262667, PII: 141/2/118, ISSN: 1539-3704.
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  • Diaz JJ, Gray BW, Dobson JM, Grogan EL, May AK, Miller R, Guy J, O'Neill P, Morris JA. Repair of giant abdominal hernias: does the type of prosthesis matter?. Am Surg. 2004 May; 70(5): 396-401; discussion 401. PMID: 15156946, ISSN: 0003-1348.
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  • Grogan EL, Nylander WA, Shaffer D. Living-related transplantation of an ectopic pelvic kidney. Transplantation. 2004 Mar 3/27/2004; 77(6): 953. PMID: 15077048, PII: 00007890-200403270-00034, ISSN: 0041-1337.
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  • Grogan EL, Wheeler WG, Ross CB. Management of incidentally discovered cervical paragangliomas: report of two cases and review of current issues. J Ky Med Assoc. 1999 Dec; 97(12): 559-65. PMID: 10618853, ISSN: 0023-0294.
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