Lynn Tanoue MD

Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary); Director, Winchester Chest Clinic; Medical Director, Yale Cancer Center Thoracic Oncology Program; Associate Medical Director, Respiratory Care, YNHH; Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs; Interim Section Chief (7/1/12 - 6/30/13)

Departments & Organizations

Yale Medical Group

Office of Student ResearchCancer Center, Yale: Thoracic Oncology ProgramInternal Medicine: Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine: Winchester Chest Clinic, Tuberculosis Center


Lynn Tanoue, MD is Professor in the Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, and Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Internal Medicine. Dr. Tanoue received her undergraduate degree from Harvard and medical degree from Yale, and completed training in internal medicine and pulmonary/critical care medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Her clinical interests focus on thoracic oncology and lung cancer screening. She is Director of the Winchester Chest Clinic, Co-director of the Yale Cancer Center Thoracic Oncology Program, and Director of the Yale Lung Screening and Nodule Program. She established the Yale-New Haven Hospital Tuberculosis Outreach Program, which over the past fifteen years has performed tuberculosis screening in thousands of English-as-a-Second-Language students enrolled at the New Haven Center for Adult Education. Dr. Tanoue serves on numerous national committees, including the American College of Chest Physicians lung cancer guidelines writing committee and Thoracic Oncology Network steering committee, the Pulmonary Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and the Clinicians Advisory Committee of the American Thoracic Society. She is currently President of the National Association for Medical Direction of Respiratory Care.

Dr. Tanoue is an active clinician, mentor, and educator at Yale, where she has received a number of awards including the Dean’s Mentors Award, the Department of Internal Medicine Faculty Achievement Award for Clinical Care, and the Leffell Prize for Clinical Excellence. Her contributions to Yale School of Medicine include the founding of the Yale Medical Symphony Orchestra, of which she is a member and President of its Board of Directors.


  • B.A., Harvard-Radcliffe College , 1978
  • M.D., Yale University , 1982

Selected Publication

  • The stage classification of lung cancer: Diagnosis and management of lung cancer, 3rd ed: American College of Chest Physicians evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. Detterbeck FC, Postmus PE, Tanoue LT. Chest. 2013 May;143(5 Suppl):e191S-210S. doi: 10.1378/chest.12-2354. Review.