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Nichole Tanner, MD, MS, FCCP

Nichole Tanner, MD, MS, FCCP

Read through a Q&A with one of the CHEST Network leaders, Nichole Tanner, MD, MS, FCCP, Pulmonary Vascular and Cardiovascular Network Chair.

August 25, 2022

Where do you work?
I am a pulmonary critical care physician working at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, South Carolina. I have been on staff since 2011 and lead the lung cancer screening program for our facility and conduct all advanced and interventional pulmonary procedures. I also have a joint appointment as a Professor of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina where I co-direct the Lung Cancer Screening Program at the National Cancer Institute-designated Hollings Cancer Center.

What are your research interests and how does this apply to your position within the Networks?
My research interests span the lung cancer continuum and lung cancer screening implementation and adherence, biomarkers for early detection and pulmonary nodule evaluation, and evaluation of technology for lung cancer diagnosis. These research interests and my clinical focus are in line with the Thoracic Oncology and Chest Procedures Network.

How did you become interested and involved in the Thoracic Oncology and Chest Procedures Network?
I first became interested in CHEST and thoracic oncology as a fellow, and as an early career professional, I was encouraged by mentors to apply for the steering committee of the former Thoracic Oncology NetWork. After a few years on the committee, I opted to apply for a leadership role. I was fortunate enough to serve as Vice-Chair with Patricia Rivera and was honored to be asked to remain as Chair of the Network with the restructuring.

Are you involved in any other activities or volunteer positions at CHEST?
I have also served on the CHEST Council of Networks for the past year.

What clinical research is most interesting to you right now?
The clinical research that I find most interesting currently is increasing uptake of lung cancer screening through novel means such as mobile screening and ensuring proper adherence to annual screening through multilevel interventions.

What are your hobbies?
My hobbies are few these days, but I do enjoy running, hanging at the pool with my family, going to concerts, and travel.

What is something you cannot live without (after family and friends)?
After friends and family, I could not live without chocolate.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with your Network peers?
I really look forward to working with the four new Sections of this Network to foster a collaborative group that develops the best educational content for the national meeting and designs new and creative projects.


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