Phone: (615) 322-0064
Address: 2971 The Vanderbilt Clinic Nashville, TN 37232-5734

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Dr. Eric S. Lambright serves as both the Surgical Director of Vanderbilt University’s Lung Transplant Program, as well as an assistant professor of thoracic surgery with the school’s medical program. Dr. Lambright also brings his expertise to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, where he serves as the Chief of Thoracic Surgery.

Although Dr. Lambright’s clinical practice includes all aspects of general thoracic surgery, his special interests lie in pulmonary malignancies, lung transplantation, lung failure surgery, as well as minimally invasive techniques such as thoracoscopic (VATS) procedures and transcervical approach for thymectomy. Dr. Lambright’s work history also includes extensive experience with complex pulmonary resections, like bronchoplastic and chest wall procedures, while his research has generally focused on novel therapies for chest malignancies.

Educational Background

Born in Adidome, Ghana, Africa, where his parents were serving in a missionary hospital, Dr. Lambright grew up in the northwest suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His education took place within that state, as he earned his undergraduate degree, Magna Cum Laude, from Ursinus in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Dr. Lambright then obtained his medical degree, with Alpha Omega Alpha Honors, from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, then completing his residencies in General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania.

He also served as a research fellow in The Thoracic Oncology Laboratory during his residency, as he investigated cancer gene therapies for the treatment of malignant mesothelioma and lung cancer. In addition, he performed cardiothoracic work while in his residency with the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Lambright is certified by The American Board of Surgery and The American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Work and Distinctions

Dr. Lambright has been recognized for his medical student teaching effectiveness. He joined the Vanderbilt University faculty in 2004, being named the Surgical Director of Lung Transplantation in January of 2007. He balances these positions while also serving as the Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the Nashville VA Hospital.


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