Dr. James Tumlin, MD

Dr. James Tumlin, MD

Nephrology  |  
Male  |  
Age 58
Insurances AcceptedSave
Dr. James Tumlin, MD is a nephrology doctor who practices in Chattanooga, TN. He is 58 years old and has been practicing for 31 years.

251 N Lyerly St Ste 100

Chattanooga, TN 37404

Contact Information

(423) 826-8000

Insurance Accepted

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan

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Calcium Metabolism Disorders
more than 88% of peers
Hypertensive Chronic Kidney Disease
more than 85% of peers
Mineral Metabolism Disorders
more than 80% of peers

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  • Nephrology

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*
  • Nephrology
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*

Conditions Treated

  • Acidosis
  • Acute Glomerulonephritis
  • Acute Kidney Failure
  • Alkalosis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Calcium Metabolism Disorders
  • Chronic Glomerulonephritis
  • Chronic Kidney Diseases
  • Classic Polyarteritis Nodosa
  • Congenital Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Cryoglobulinemia
  • Diabetes With Renal Manifestations
  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis
  • End-Stage Renal Disease
  • Goodpasture's Disease
  • Gout
  • Henoch–Schönlein Purpura (HSP)
  • Hydronephrosis
  • Hypercalcemia
  • Hyperkalemia
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertensive Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypertensive Heart and Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypokalemia
  • Hypotension (Excluding Maternal)
  • Kidney Disease
  • Kidney Infection
  • Kidney Infection, Acute
  • Kidney Infection, Chronic
  • Kidney Stones
  • Limb Swelling
  • Limb Swelling Caused by Fluid Overload
  • Magnesium Metabolism Disorders
  • Mineral Metabolism Disorders
  • Nephritis and Nephropathy
  • Nephrotic Syndrome
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Disease
  • Phosphorus Metabolism Disorders
  • Purpura
  • Renal Artery Arteriosclerotic Disease
  • Renal Hyperparathyroidism
  • Systemic Vasculitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vasculitis
  • Vitamin D Deficiency
  • Wegener's Granulomatosis


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  • Arteriovenostomy for Renal Dialysis
  • Hemodialysis
  • Peritoneal Dialysis

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Tennessee.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University of South Florida / College of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1986
  • Emory University Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Emory University School Of Med
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Tumlin has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Tumlin's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Tumlin to family and friends
based on 7 total reviews (5 with comments)
Dr. Tumlin's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (5)
in Chatsworth, GA |
I have been a patient of Dr. Tumlin's for 8 years. He explained my medical condition (SLE) in great detail and provided solutions and treatment to help me through the process. I was also a trial patient. I never felt like I was pushed to enter the trial and was always assured my health was top priority. I have been in remission for 5 years. I am thankful of knowledgeable doctors like Tumlin to get me where I am today!
I have been a patient of his for years. I have WG and it is my belief he saved my life. ( I never was a research patient, but gladly would have been and yes, I was also on dialysis).
in Chattanooga, TN |
I have been with Dr. Tumlin for 6 years almost 7. He has been a lifesaver, literally. He knows his business like no other I've ever seen, and I've seen my share of doctors. I would recommend him to anyone needing a nephrologist or any one with Lupus. He is one of the few doctors who truly cares about his patients. He spends the time with you to answer all your questions and explains everything so you can understand what is going on in your body. I wish there were more doctors like him.
in Signal Mountain, TN |
Dr. Tumlin is an extremely knowledgeable nephrologist especially when it comes to FSGS and MCD. I would highly recommend him to anyone especially if they are trying to navigate through the confusing world of FSGS or MCD. Most other doctors have had little experience with these diseases. My first neph actually refered me to Dr. Tumlin because of his knowledge and experience. He cares deeply for his patients and is very passionate about medicine. I credit him for saving my life.
in Rossville, GA |
Doctor Tumlin is not concerned about patient care. Instead, doctor is more interested in persuading patients to sign-up for his various research tests and programs, which most-likely further inflate Tumlin's income. Tumlin and his staff are careless and very unprofessional, often losing patient information and documentation. Tumlin isolates patients from their other doctors, so he can position himself as their primary care physician--a position he is unqualified to serve and fulfill.
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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Tumlin accepts 5 insurance carriers
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
    Blue Network E
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Tumlin has admitting privileges

Erlanger Medical Center
975 E 3rd St
Chattanooga, TN 37403
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Hutcheson Medical Center
100 Gross Crescent Cir
Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742
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Memorial Hospital
2525 Desales Ave
Chattanooga, TN 37404
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Parkridge Medical Center
2333 McCallie Ave
Chattanooga, TN 37404
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