Rob Lentz
Last active: 5/20/2021


Dr. Lentz is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Thoracic Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. His area of clinical expertise is Interventional Pulmonology, an emerging subspecialty discipline focused on minimally-invasive advanced diagnostic and therapeutic techniques involving the airways, lungs, and pleura. This includes advanced diagnostic flexible bronchoscopy involving the use of navigational adjuncts (electromagnetic navigation, intraprocedure cone beam CT-guidance) and endobronchial ultrasound, rigid bronchoscopy for palliation of benign and malignant large airway disease via tissue ablation/excision/stent placement, and diagnostic thoracoscopy among other pleural interventions. He is a member of the Interventional Pulmonary Outcomes Group (IPOG), a developing multicenter collaboration specializing in rigorous evaluation of new interventional pulmonary-related devices and techniques, and the Vanderbilt Interventional Pulmonary Research group (VIPR), with portfolio including recently-completed and ongoing randomized trials involving malignant pleural effusion management, optimal modality for lung nodule biopsy (bronchoscopy vs. transthoracic needle biopsy), and bronchoscopic lung volume reduction, among others. 


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Featured publications are shown below:

  1. Ultrasound-Guided Endolaryngeal Biopsy-A Novel Use of the Endobronchial Ultrasound. Smetak MR, Wood CB, Qian ET, Lentz RJ, Yang SF, Basanez I (2021) Ear Nose Throat J : 1455613211007959
    › Primary publication · 33813902 (PubMed)
  2. Diagnostic Yield of Digital Tomosynthesis-assisted Navigational Bronchoscopy for Indeterminate Lung Nodules. Katsis J, Roller L, Aboudara M, Pannu J, Chen H, Johnson J, Lentz RJ, Rickman O, Maldonado F (2021) J Bronchology Interv Pulmonol 28(4): 255-261
    › Primary publication · 33734149 (PubMed)
  3. High Accuracy of Digital Tomosynthesis-Guided Bronchoscopic Biopsy Confirmed by Intraprocedural Computed Tomography. Katsis J, Roller L, Lester M, Johnson J, Lentz R, Rickman O, Maldonado F (2021) Respiration : 1-8
    › Primary publication · 33550284 (PubMed)
  4. Minimal clinically important difference for chest discomfort in patients undergoing pleural interventions. Dahlberg GJ, Maldonado F, Chen H, Rickman O, Roller L, Walston C, Katsis J, Lentz R (2020) BMJ Open Respir Res 7(1)
    › Primary publication · 33293362 (PubMed) · PMC7722832 (PubMed Central)
  5. Assessing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) transmission to healthcare personnel: The global ACT-HCP case-control study. Lentz RJ, Colt H, Chen H, Cordovilla R, Popevic S, Tahura S, Candoli P, Tomassetti S, Meachery GJ, Cohen BP, Harris BD, Talbot TR, Maldonado F (2021) Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 42(4): 381-387
    › Primary publication · 32900402 (PubMed) · PMC7542323 (PubMed Central)
  6. Bronchoscopic biopsy of peripheral pulmonary lesions in 2020: a review of existing technologies. Katsis JM, Rickman OB, Maldonado F, Lentz RJ (2020) J Thorac Dis 12(6): 3253-3262
    › Primary publication · 32642248 (PubMed) · PMC7330747 (PubMed Central)
  7. Reducing uncertainty to a manageable level: the need for a nuanced and patient-centric approach to lung nodule management in the 21 century. Maldonado F, Lentz RJ (2020) J Thorac Dis 12(6): 3242-3244
    › Primary publication · 32642246 (PubMed) · PMC7330741 (PubMed Central)
  8. Medical thoracoscopy in the diagnosis of pleural disease: a guide for the clinician. Shaikh F, Lentz RJ, Feller-Kopman D, Maldonado F (2020) Expert Rev Respir Med 14(10): 987-1000
    › Primary publication · 32588676 (PubMed)
  9. Summarizing societal guidelines regarding bronchoscopy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lentz RJ, Colt H (2020) Respirology 25(6): 574-577
    › Primary publication · 32277733 (PubMed) · PMC7262091 (PubMed Central)
  10. Standardized Definitions of Bleeding After Transbronchial Lung Biopsy: A Delphi Consensus Statement From the Nashville Working Group. Folch EE, Mahajan AK, Oberg CL, Maldonado F, Toloza E, Krimsky WS, Oh S, Bowling MR, Benzaquen S, Kinsey CM, Mehta AC, Fernandez-Bussy S, Flandes J, Lau K, Krishna G, Nead MA, Herth F, Aragaki-Nakahodo AA, Barisione E, Bansal S, Zanchi D, Zgoda M, Lutz PO, Lentz RJ, Parks C, Salio M, Perret K, Keyes C, LeMense GP, Hinze JD, Majid A, Christensen M, Kazakov J, Labarca G, Waller E, Studnicka M, Teba CV, Khandhar SJ (2020) Chest 158(1): 393-400
    › Primary publication · 32067944 (PubMed) · PMC7403751 (PubMed Central)
  11. The Impact of Gravity vs Suction-driven Therapeutic Thoracentesis on Pressure-related Complications: The GRAVITAS Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial. Lentz RJ, Shojaee S, Grosu HB, Rickman OB, Roller L, Pannu JK, DePew ZS, Debiane LG, Cicenia JC, Akulian J, Walston C, Sanchez TM, Davidson KR, Jagan N, Ahmad S, Gilbert C, Huggins JT, Chen H, Light RW, Yarmus L, Feller-Kopman D, Lee H, Rahman NM, Maldonado F, Interventional Pulmonary Outcomes Group (2020) Chest 157(3): 702-711
    › Primary publication · 31711990 (PubMed)
  12. Comparative Treatment Outcomes for Patients With Idiopathic Subglottic Stenosis. Gelbard A, Anderson C, Berry LD, Amin MR, Benninger MS, Blumin JH, Bock JM, Bryson PC, Castellanos PF, Chen SC, Clary MS, Cohen SM, Crawley BK, Dailey SH, Daniero JJ, de Alarcon A, Donovan DT, Edell ES, Ekbom DC, Fernandes-Taylor S, Fink DS, Franco RA, Garrett CG, Guardiani EA, Hillel AT, Hoffman HT, Hogikyan ND, Howell RJ, Huang LC, Hussain LK, Johns MM, Kasperbauer JL, Khosla SM, Kinnard C, Kupfer RA, Langerman AJ, Lentz RJ, Lorenz RR, Lott DG, Lowery AS, Makani SS, Maldonado F, Mannion K, Matrka L, McWhorter AJ, Merati AL, Mori MC, Netterville JL, O'Dell K, Ongkasuwan J, Postma GN, Reder LS, Rohde SL, Richardson BE, Rickman OB, Rosen CA, Rutter MJ, Sandhu GS, Schindler JS, Schneider GT, Shah RN, Sikora AG, Sinard RJ, Smith ME, Smith LJ, Soliman AMS, Sveinsdóttir S, Van Daele DJ, Veivers D, Verma SP, Weinberger PM, Weissbrod PA, Wootten CT, Shyr Y, Francis DO (2020) JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 146(1): 20-29
    › Primary publication · 31670805 (PubMed) · PMC6824232 (PubMed Central)
  13. Improved diagnostic yield for lung nodules with digital tomosynthesis-corrected navigational bronchoscopy: Initial experience with a novel adjunct. Aboudara M, Roller L, Rickman O, Lentz RJ, Pannu J, Chen H, Maldonado F (2020) Respirology 25(2): 206-213
    › Primary publication · 31265204 (PubMed)
  14. Routine monitoring with pleural manometry during therapeutic large-volume thoracentesis to prevent pleural-pressure-related complications: a multicentre, single-blind randomised controlled trial. Lentz RJ, Lerner AD, Pannu JK, Merrick CM, Roller L, Walston C, Valenti S, Goddard T, Chen H, Huggins JT, Rickman OB, Yarmus L, Psallidas I, Rahman NM, Light RW, Maldonado F (2019) Lancet Respir Med 7(5): 447-455
    › Primary publication · 30772283 (PubMed)
  15. Interstitial Pneumonia With Autoimmune Features: An Emerging Challenge at the Intersection of Rheumatology and Pulmonology. Wilfong EM, Lentz RJ, Guttentag A, Tolle JJ, Johnson JE, Kropski JA, Kendall PL, Blackwell TS, Crofford LJ (2018) Arthritis Rheumatol 70(12): 1901-1913
    › Primary publication · 30058242 (PubMed) · PMC6261671 (PubMed Central)
  16. Foreign body aspiration in adult airways: therapeutic approach. Hewlett JC, Rickman OB, Lentz RJ, Prakash UB, Maldonado F (2017) J Thorac Dis 9(9): 3398-3409
    › Primary publication · 29221325 (PubMed) · PMC5708401 (PubMed Central)
  17. A Multicenter Randomized Trial of a Checklist for Endotracheal Intubation of Critically Ill Adults. Janz DR, Semler MW, Joffe AM, Casey JD, Lentz RJ, deBoisblanc BP, Khan YA, Santanilla JI, Bentov I, Rice TW, Check-UP Investigators*, Pragmatic Critical Care Research Group (2018) Chest 153(4): 816-824
    › Primary publication · 28917549 (PubMed) · PMC5989637 (PubMed Central)
  18. Transbronchial cryobiopsy for diffuse parenchymal lung disease: a state-of-the-art review of procedural techniques, current evidence, and future challenges. Lentz RJ, Argento AC, Colby TV, Rickman OB, Maldonado F (2017) J Thorac Dis 9(7): 2186-2203
    › Primary publication · 28840020 (PubMed) · PMC5542930 (PubMed Central)
  19. Utility of Flexible Bronchoscopic Cryobiopsy for Diagnosis of Diffuse Parenchymal Lung Diseases. Lentz RJ, Taylor TM, Kropski JA, Sandler KL, Johnson JE, Blackwell TS, Maldonado F, Rickman OB (2018) J Bronchology Interv Pulmonol 25(2): 88-96
    › Primary publication · 28796717 (PubMed) · PMC5803464 (PubMed Central)
  20. Diagnostic approach to pleural diseases: new tricks for an old trade. Maldonado F, Lentz RJ, Light RW (2017) F1000Res : 1135
    › Primary publication · 28781758 (PubMed) · PMC5516219 (PubMed Central)
  21. A Multicenter, Randomized Trial of Ramped Position vs Sniffing Position During Endotracheal Intubation of Critically Ill Adults. Semler MW, Janz DR, Russell DW, Casey JD, Lentz RJ, Zouk AN, deBoisblanc BP, Santanilla JI, Khan YA, Joffe AM, Stigler WS, Rice TW, Check-UP Investigators(∗), Pragmatic Critical Care Research Group (2017) Chest 152(4): 712-722
    › Primary publication · 28487139 (PubMed) · PMC5812765 (PubMed Central)
  22. Randomized Trial of Video Laryngoscopy for Endotracheal Intubation of Critically Ill Adults. Janz DR, Semler MW, Lentz RJ, Matthews DT, Assad TR, Norman BC, Keriwala RD, Ferrell BA, Noto MJ, Shaver CM, Richmond BW, Zinggeler Berg J, Rice TW, Facilitating EndotracheaL intubation by Laryngoscopy technique and apneic Oxygenation Within the ICU Investigators and the Pragmatic Critical Care Research Group (2016) Crit Care Med 44(11): 1980-1987
    › Primary publication · 27355526 (PubMed) · PMC5203695 (PubMed Central)
  23. Randomized Trial of Apneic Oxygenation during Endotracheal Intubation of the Critically Ill. Semler MW, Janz DR, Lentz RJ, Matthews DT, Norman BC, Assad TR, Keriwala RD, Ferrell BA, Noto MJ, McKown AC, Kocurek EG, Warren MA, Huerta LE, Rice TW, FELLOW Investigators, Pragmatic Critical Care Research Group (2016) Am J Respir Crit Care Med 193(3): 273-80
    › Primary publication · 26426458 (PubMed) · PMC4803060 (PubMed Central)