Professor of Pulmonology
Head of the Department of Chest Diseases and Thoracic Oncology
University Hospitals of Saint Etienne France
Hôpital Nord 42055 St Etienne cédex 2 France
Tel: 33 (0)477828314, Fax: 33 (0)477828090
Email: Jean.Michel.Vergnon [AT] univ-st-etienne [DOT] fr
Dr. Vergnon is a native of Lyons, France. He obtained his Medical Degree in 1981 and finished his pulmonology training in 1983 at the university of Lyons. During the last three years of his training, he worked as assistant-professor of medicine in the cardiothoracic hospital of Lyons under the auspices of two famous French pulmonologists Professor Galy, then Professor Brune. In 1984, he moved to St Etienne university hospital where he obtained his Ph D and in 1992 was named Professor of Medicine. Since 2002, he is the head of the 57 bed Chest Disease and Thoracic Oncology department of the University Hospital of St Etienne. In 2003, Professor Vergnon was honored with the title of professor first class and received academic palms for his contribution to pedagogy. Between 1997 and 2005, Dr. Vergnon has been serving as vice dean of the medical Faculty “Jacques LISFRANC” of St Etienne.
Professor Vergnon is a versatile pulmonologist who has published many papers in topics of ranging from Immunology and infiltrative lung diseases to Oncology. He has also done research on thermal ablations (cryotherapy) in lung cancers xenografted on mice and its relationships with chemotherapy and irradiation. Dr. Vergnon has more than 100 manuscripts (33 in English), didactic papers or book chapters and has 110 international oral presentations with abstracts. He is a reviewer for many international journals including Chest, Respiration, European Respiratory Journal, the Revue des maladies respiratoires and others.
As an internationally recognized authority and leader in advanced pulmonary endoscopic procedures (he has performed himself more than 10,000 flexible bronchoscopies, 5000 rigid bronchoscopies and inserted more than 500 airway stents), Dr. Vergnon has been the leader of the GELF (International French speaking pulmonary endoscopy group) since 2001. He is often invited to lecture at international courses on bronchoscopy and has recently helped translate into French the Essential Bronchoscopist ©, a web-based tool for laddered self-learning of bronchoscopy-related theory.