Dr. Joe B Putnam MD Thoracic and Cardiac Surgeon

Dr. Joe Putnam is a thoracic and cardiac surgeon in Nashville, Tennessee. He is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Tennessee Valley Healthcare System and Vanderbilt Hospital and Clinics. He received his medical degree from University of North Carolina School of Medicine and has been in practice for 27 years. Dr. Putnam accepts several types of health insurance, listed below. He is one of 8 doctors at Tennessee Valley Healthcare System and one of 13 at Vanderbilt Hospital and Clinics who specialize in Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery.

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Specialty & Clinical Interests

Thoracic and Cardiac Surgeon: Adult General Thoracic, Minimally Invasive Thoracic, Thoracic Surgical Oncology

Hospital Affiliation

Tennessee Valley Healthcare System

Vanderbilt Hospital and Clinics
Ranked #34 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery

Williamson Medical Center

Education & Medical Training

Johns Hopkins University
Residency, General Surgery, 1979 - 1981

National Institutes of Health Clinical Center
Residency, General Surgery, 1981 - 1984

University of Rochester
Residency, General Surgery, 1984 - 1986

University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers
Fellowship, Thoracic Surgery, 1986 - 1988

University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Class of 1979

Certifications & Licensure

American Board of Surgery
Certified 27 years in Surgery

American Board of Thoracic Surgery
Certified 7 years in Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery

NC State Medical License

TN State Medical License
Active through 2013

Awards, Honors & Recognition

Meaningful Use Stage 1 Certification, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Publications & Presentations

Obesity Increases Operating Room Time for Lobectomy in The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Database.
St Julien, J. B., Aldrich, M. C., Sheng, S., Deppen, S. A., Burfeind, W. R., Putnam, J. B., Lambright, E. S., Nesbitt, J. C., Grogan, E. L.

Poor survival for veterans with pathologic stage I non-small-cell lung cancer.
St Julien, J. B., Pinkerman, R., Aldrich, M. C., Chen, H., Deppen, S. A., Callaway-Lane, C., Massion, P., Putnam, J. B., Lambright, E. S., Nesbitt, J. C., Grogan, E. L.

Insurances Accepted

  • Aetna Choice POS II
  • Aetna HMO
  • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • BCBS Tennessee Network 5
  • CIGNA Open Access
  • Coventry Carelink Health Plans PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
  • Humana/ChoiceCare+ Network PPO
  • Multiplan PHCS PPO
  • United Healthcare - Direct Choice Plus POS
  • United Healthcare - Direct Options PPO
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