The VICC.ORG Investigator Directory

Alan J. Herline, M.D.

Associate Professor of Surgery (Colon and Rectal Surgery)
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
VICC Member
Colon and Rectal Surgeon

Patient Contact Information:

Vanderbilt University Medical Center
2501 TVC
Nashville, TN 37232

Healthcare Provider Contact Information:

Vanderbilt University Medical Center
D-5248 Medical Center North
Nashville, TN 37232-2543
Fax: 615-343-4615


Dr. Alan J. Herline is a member of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons as well as the New England Colon and Rectal Society. A board-certified specialist in the surgical care of disease affecting the colon and the rectum, Dr. Herline is trained in both minimally invasive procedures and traditional open procedures. His primary surgical interest is in all aspects of colon and rectal disease and treatment, and particularly in perianal Crohn's disease, transrectal ultrasound, and laparoscopic surgical approaches to the following:


  • colon cancer
  • rectal cancer
  • adenomatous polyps
  • Crohns disease
  • ulcerative colitis

Dr. Herline is Assistant Professor of Surgery and Biomedical Engineering in the Division of General Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is a graduate in Engineering from Vanderbilt University and received his M.D. degree from the Medical College of Georgia in 1994. At Vanderbilt University Medical Center he completed his Residency in Surgery and received the Harwell Wilson Award for teaching and the Eugene Jabbour Award for best clinical paper. At the Lahey Clinic he completed his Fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery and received an award for best paper from the New England Colon and Rectal Society. Since starting at Vanderbilt he received a Career Development Award from the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.


  • Stefansic JD, Bass WA, Hartmann SL, Beasley RA, Sinha TK, Cash DM, Herline AJ, Galloway, RL "Design and Implementation of a PC-based Image-Guided Surgical System." Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine, 2002, in press.
  • LJ Wudel MD, JK Wright, MD, CW Pinson, MD, AJ Herline MD, JP Debelak, MS, S Seidel, MD, K Revis, MD, WC Chapman, MD "Bile duct injury following laparoscopic cholecystectomy: A cause for continued concern." The American Surgeon, 67(6), 557-64, 2001.
  • Beasley RA, Stefansic JD, Herring JL, Bass WA, Herline AJ, Chapman WC, Dawant BD, Galloway RL "Implementation and Incorporation of Liver 3-D Surface Renderings into Interactive, Image-Guided Hepatic Surgery." Medical Imaging 2000: Image Display, Seong Ki Mun, Editor, Proceedings of SPIE, 3976282-289, 2000.
  • Herline A.J., Herring JL, Stefansic JD, Chapman WC, Galloway, RL, Dawant BM "Surface Registration for Use in Interactive, Image-Guided Liver Surgery." Comput Aided Surg., 5(1), 11-7, 2000.
  • Stefansic JD, Herline AJ, Shyr Y, Chapman WC, Fitzpatrick JM, Galloway GL "Registration of physical space to laparoscopic image space for use in minimally invasive hepatic surgery." IEEE Trans Med Imaging , 19(10), 1012-23, 2000.
  • Herline A.J., M.D., Stefansic J.D., M.S., Debelak J., M.S., Pinson C.W., M.D., Galloway R.L., PhD., Chapman, W.C., M.D "Technical Advances Toward Interactive Image-Guided Laparoscopic Surgery." Surg Endosc, 14(7), 675-9, 2000.
  • Stefansic JD, Herline AJ, Bass WA, Galloway RL, Chapman WC "Interactive, Image-Guided Hepatic Surgery." Medical Imaging 1999: Image Display, Seong Ki Mun, Yongmin Kim, Editors, Proceedings of SPIE, 3658241-251, 1999.
  • Beasley RA, Stefansic JD, Herline AJ, Galloway RL "Registration of Ultrasound Images." Medical Imaging 1999: Image Display, Seong Ki Mun, Yongmin Kim, Editors, Proceedings of SPIE, 3658125-132, 1999.
  • Herline AJ, Debelak JP, Merrill WH, Pierson RN, Shyr Y, Harley D, Starkey T, Pinson CW, Chapman WC "Acute pancreatitis after cardiac transplantation and other cardiac procedures: case-control analysis in 24,631 patients." Am Surg. , 65(9), 819-25, 1999.
  • Herline AJ, Stefansic JD, Debelak JP, Hartman S, Pinson CW, Galloway RL, Chapman WC "Studies in the Feasibility of Interactive Image-Guided Liver Surgery." Arch Surg., 134643-640, 1999.
  • Herline A.J., Herring J.L., Stefansic J.D., Chapman W.C., Galloway R.L., Dawant B.M "Surface registration for use in interactive image-guided liver surgery." Lecture Notes in Computer Science Vol 1679: C. Taylor, A. Colchester (Eds). Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention-MICCAI, XXI892-899, 1999.
  • Stefansic JD, Herline AJ, Chapman WC, Galloway RL "Endoscopic tracking for use in Interactive, Image Guided Surgery." Medical Imaging 1998: Image Display, Yongmin Kim, Seong Ki Mun, Editors, Proceedings of SPIE, 3335208-218, 1998.
  • Herline AJ, Fisk, JM, Schull HJ, Debelak JP, Wright, JK, Pinson CW, Chapman, WC "Surgical Clips: A Cause of Late Recurrent Choledocholithiasis." Am Surg., 64(9), 845-848, 1998.
  • Hatley RM, Crist D, Howell CG, Herline AJ, Gadacz TR "Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy in Children with Sickle Cell." Am Surg, 61(2), 169-171, 1995.

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