John L. Tarpley, M.D.

Professor of Surgery and Anesthesiology Emeritus, Department of Surgery, Section of Surgical Sciences
Program Director Emeritus, General Surgery ResidencyTarpley

John Tarpley joined the faculty of the Vanderbilt University Department of Surgery and the VAMC Department of Surgery in 1993 and served as the Program Director for the General Surgery Residents and as a Master Clinical Teacher in the medical school, and as Chief of General Surgery at the VA. He served at the Baptist Medical Centre, Ogbomoso, Nigeria from 1978-1993 and also spent 4 years on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins Department of Surgery and the Loch Raven (Baltimore) VAMC during that period. Esophageal cancer, international health, history of medicine, and the role of spirituality in clinical medicine are areas of particular interest.

In September 2002, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) selected Dr. Tarpley as one of eleven outstanding program directors in the nation to receive the ACGME's Parker J. Palmer "Courage to Teach" Award.


1962-66 Vanderbilt University,Nashville, Tennessee, A.B.

1966-70 Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, M.D.

Post-Graduate Training

1970-71 Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, Surgical Intern

1971-72 Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, Surgical Assistant Resident

1972-74 Surgery Branch, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, Clinical Associate

1975 Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, England, Registrar in Cardiothoracic Surgery

1974-76 Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, Surgical Assistant Resident and Resident


John L. Tarpley, M.D.

Section of Surgical Sciences
CCC-4322 Medical Center North
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, Tennessee 37232-2730
Phone: (615) 343-6642
Fax: (615) 322-0689