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Dr. Michael Neuss

Dr. Michael Neuss

Medical Oncologist

Dr. Michael Neuss is a medical oncologist and professor of clinical medicine who treats patients with lung cancer and pleural mesothelioma at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

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About Michael Neuss

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    Pleural and Lung Cancer

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    Excellence in Research

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    30+ Years of Experience

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    Board Certified in Medical Oncology

Neuss served as chief medical officer at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center from 2011 to 2018, leading it through a period of steady growth and advancement in care that contributed to the glowing reputation it has today.

The Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center today sees more than 6,000 new patients annually. It is one of just 49 Comprehensive Cancer Centers designated by the National Cancer Institute in America.

Although Neuss retired from his administrative duties in 2018, he remains committed to caring for his patients and advancing cancer therapeutics.

“Caring for patients is a joy, and I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to continue to do this, particularly at a time when our treatments for cancer are becoming more effective,” Neuss said. “We are able to more carefully focus on improving the patient experience.”

Neuss first came to Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in 2011 after 25 years in Cincinnati with Oncology Hematology Care, which became the largest private practice in Southern Ohio. It grew from two to 48 doctors and received Commission Accreditation under his leadership.

An Extraordinary Resume

Neuss has been recognized internationally for his expertise in clinical care management, serving in several leadership roles for the American Society of Clinical Oncology, including chairman of the Quality Oncology Practice Steering Committee.

Neuss continues on the Board of Directors for the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, and he served as director of the Commission on Cancer from 2014 to 2017.

Neuss began practicing in 1986 after completing his fellowship and residency in Hematology/Oncology at the Duke University Medical Center, where he also received his medical degree. He received his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.

As chief medical officer, Neuss was instrumental in enhancing the reputation of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center as a leader in patient-centered care, which included an increased focus on the total well-being of the person being treated.

He also is a big believer in treating mesothelioma with a collaborative approach that utilizes specialists from different disciplines.

Neuss already has seen the benefit of leaving behind his administrative duties, allowing him to focus more on each patient he sees.

On the Vanderbilt Medical Center website, patients are encouraged to publically critique the physicians who have treated them. Neuss received one of those comments in April 2019: “This dr. walks on water.”

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  2. Vanderbilt University Medical Center. (2018, June 12). Jagasia to succeed Neuss as VICC Chief Medical Officer. Retrieved from:

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Last Modified August 7, 2020

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