Lung Institute

The Vanderbilt Lung Institute brings together experts in diagnosing and treating lung disease from pulmonary medicine, thoracic surgery and allergy. This unique approach gives hope through coordinated, personalized and compassionate care for even the most complex conditions that affect the lungs and breathing.

Conditions We Treat

We treat all pulmonary and lung-related conditions, including:

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    Acute respiratory distress syndrome
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    Chest wall disorders
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    Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension
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    Complex airway conditions
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    Connective tissue disease-related lung disease

Institute Leaders

The Vanderbilt Lung Institute brings together the excellent teams in Pulmonary Medicine and Thoracic Surgery at VUMC to offer comprehensive and cutting-edge care for our patients. The institute's chief surgical officer is Matthew Bacchetta. Its chief medical officer is Joao deAndrade.

Matthew Bacchetta

Matthew BacchettaMD, MBA, MA

    Cardiac Surgery, Lung Transplant, Lung Transplantation, Lung/Thoracic Cancer, Pulmonary Endarterectomy for Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension, Surgery for Diseases of the Lung, Surgery for Diseases of the Rib Cage and Diaphragm
Joao A. De Andrade

Joao A. De AndradeMD

    Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Timothy S. Blackwell

Timothy S. BlackwellSr, MD

    Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Jonathan C. Nesbitt
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Jonathan C. NesbittMD

    Cancer, Esophageal Cancer, Lobectomy, Lung Cancer, Lung Cancer, Thymic Cancer and Mesothelioma, Lung Transplant, Lung Transplantation

Why Choose the Lung Institute at Vanderbilt

  • A team approach

    Co-led by experts in pulmonary medicine and thoracic surgery, the institute connects you with Vanderbilt specialists in all lung- and chest-related conditions. Through this unique combination of expertise, you'll receive high quality, coordinated and compassionate care, regardless of the lung condition that brings you to Vanderbilt.

  • Expanded lung transplant program

    We work with the Vanderbilt Transplant Center to make lung transplant possible for more patients. We use techniques that let us use donor organs not often accepted by other transplant centers, such as organs exposed to hepatitis C. We use a technique called ex-vivo lung perfusion (EVLP) to rehabilitate lungs for successful transplant. We use advanced technology, including ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) as a bridge to transplant. This approach keeps selected patients with severe disease alive until they receive transplants.

  • Expertise

    Our doctors have advanced training and experience in caring for the most complex and difficult-to-manage lung diseases and related conditions. In many cases, our work has set the standards that others follow for patients with advanced lung disease and lung transplant.

  • Advanced critical care

    We have critical care experts and technology, including ECMO, to treat acute lung injuries and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). We follow patients after long stays in intensive care to track, understand and find ways to prevent long-term physical and emotional effects of critical illness.

  • Recognized care

    Vanderbilt is ranked among the nation’s best hospitals for pulmonary medicine by U.S. News and World Report. Our lung cancer program is a part of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, which the National Cancer Institute has designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center. We also are recognized for excellence by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Pulmonary Hypertension Association. 

  • Research

    As part of an academic medical center, we are dedicated to discovery and innovation through cutting-edge research. We also train the next generation of leaders in pulmonary medicine, allergy and thoracic surgery. This gives you access to expertise and advances that may not be available elsewhere, while also helping to improve care for everyone with lung diseases.

Tests, Treatments and Services

We offer a full range of tests, treatments and services, including:

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    Lung transplant
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    Endobronchial lung volume reduction (ELVR)
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    Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
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    Ex vivo lung perfusion (EVLP)
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    Lap Nissen (Nissen Fundoplication)
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    Medical thoracoscopy
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    Rigid bronchoscopy

Related Programs and Clinics

By bringing together our highly skilled teams in Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Thoracic Surgery, the Vanderbilt Lung Institute is your connection to expertise in lung and related conditions across Vanderbilt Health.

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