About Our Speakers
Dr. Kim Sandler – I am currently an Associate Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. I completed my fellowship training in Cardiothoracic Imaging at Vanderbilt in 2015 and now interpret diagnostic imaging studies for pulmonary and cardiovascular medicine. I serve as the Co-Director of the Vanderbilt Lung Screening Program. My research interests include improving outreach for lung screening, particularly for women and underrepresented minorities, and improving our ability to differentiate benign and malignant lung nodules with CT imaging.
Our current research efforts are focused on risk stratification within our population and strategies to improve enrollment. We have focused on identifying women who are high risk for lung cancer and currently engaged in breast cancer screening to promote their enrollment in the lung screening program
Dr. Michael Gieske grew up down the street from St. Elizabeth Hospital, Edgewood. He has been especially excited to be part of the promotion and development of the region’s largest Cancer Care Center, which is inevitably improving cancer care in the region and enriching the lives of patients and families in the community he grew up in, as well as an expanding St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s geographical footprint.
He graduated from University of Louisville Medical College in 1984, then completed his Family Practice Residency at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Edgewood, Kentucky in 1987. He was appointed Director of Lung Cancer Screening in November 2019. He has worked with his team at St. Elizabeth Healthcare to build one of the most successful lung cancer screening programs in the country. He is a dedicated advocate for lung cancer survivors and caregivers, raising awareness and promoting policy to bring hope to patients at risk for and with lung cancer.
Additionally, he is the Physician Director of Virtual Health Care. His interests include gardening, oil painting, kayaking, hiking, backpacking and travel, and spending time with his family, including his wife of 35 years, his 28 and 30 year old daughters, and two grandchildren.