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Dr. James Zellner, MD

Cardiovascular Surgery ·  Male · Age 60

  15 Reviews
Dr. Zellner

The Chattanooga Heart Institute

2525 Desales Ave Ste 1009 Chattanooga, TN 37404

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(423) 624-5200


Dr. James Zellner, MD is a cardiovascular surgery specialist in Chattanooga, TN and has been practicing for 29 years. He graduated from University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine in 1986 and specializes in cardiovascular surgery and cardiothoracic surgery.


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Dr. Zellner accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Choice Plus POS II
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia
Blue Open Access POS
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
Blue Network E
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
LocalPlus
Open Access Plus
Commercial Insurance Company
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Medicaid
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
Mutual of Omaha
POMCO Group
Principal Life
State Farm
Tricare
UnitedHealthCare
United Healthcare

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No malpractice claims found for Tennessee
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Zellner's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Zellner performs Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery more than 97% of his peers

Dr. Zellner performs this procedure more than 97% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Multi-Arterial Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
  • Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Zellner performs Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs) more than 93% of his peers

Dr. Zellner performs this procedure more than 93% of his peers

Heart Surgery
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Zellner performs Heart Surgery more than 93% of his peers

Dr. Zellner performs this procedure more than 93% of his peers

Dr. Zellner's conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Aneurysm
  • Aneurysm of Heart
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Ectasia
  • Aortic Repair, Open or Repair of Arterial Aneurysm, Open
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Benign Tumor
  • Cancer
  • Cardiac Myocardial Perfusion Imaging
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Cardioverter-Defibrillator or Pacemaker Insertion, Removal or Repair
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA) or Excision of Infected Graft
  • Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
  • Coarctation of the Aorta
  • Congenital Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy and Stent
  • Coronary Artery Aneurysm
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Coronary Artery Dissection
  • Decortication and Pleurectomy
  • Empyema
  • Endocarditis
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart Defect Repair
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Surgery
  • Heart Tumors, Benign
  • Heart Tumors, Malignant
  • Impella Device
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Insertion of Epicardial Lead for Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Insertion of Left Ventricular Lead for Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Lobectomy, Open
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Lung Removal (Partial or Complete): Open, or Resection of Lung Tumor: Open
  • Lung Removal, Open
  • Lung Surgery
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Maze Procedure
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Non-Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy, and Stenting
  • Open Thymectomy
  • Pacemaker Insertion or Replacement
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm and Dissection
  • Peripheral Arterial Dissection
  • Peripheral Artery Catheterization
  • Pleura Cancer
  • Pleural Cancer
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Removal or Revision of Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Resection of Cardiac Tumor
  • Rheumatic Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm
  • Secondary Hypertension
  • Septal Defect
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Thoracoscopic Lobectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Pneumonectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Segmentectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Wedge Resection
  • Thromboendarterectomy or Excision of Infected Graft
  • Thrombosis
  • Thymomas
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Tricuspid Valve Surgery
  • Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary)
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vascular Surgical Procedure
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy

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Terms and conditions

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Zellner

4.1

Based on 15 reviews

5 Stars
73.33333333333333%
(11)
4 Stars
0%
(0)
3 Stars
6.666666666666667%
(1)
2 Stars
6.666666666666667%
(1)
1 Star
13.333333333333334%
(2)

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What People Say About Dr. James Zellner, MD
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Dr. Zellner repaired tricuspid valve; repair instead of replacement was exactly what I was hoping for. 5 days post-op So far, I’m satisfied with his work on my heart. However, he has failed at making sure my pain was managed appropriately. Rather than educating himself on the medication I was currently on that would hinder my pain management, he passed the responsibility of my pain management to others who can't assist me. Being discharged without pain meds after open heart surgery
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Dr. Zellner performed cardiac bypass surgery on my husband in September of 2000. He is still doing great after nearly 18 years. (The surgery was actually done late in the day which caused some concern at the time.) We really appreciate Dr. James Zellner!
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Was diagnosed with cancer in my right lung in July 2015. Went to Dr Zellner he sat down explained all the surgical options depending on if cancer was outside the lung or just on the inside. He answered all my questions, set up my surgery for the nect week . Surgery went great they let my family know every 15 minutes how o was doing . Went home 3 days later. I thank God that I met this man. He has a great staff and caring office workers would recommend him to any one needing surgery
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I had to have surgery with Dr. Zellner and he did a fabulous job with me. He is a great doctor and surgeon. Very knowledgeable, honest, polite, and willing to answer questions. He has a good demeanor. He also came recommended by several hospital nursing staff.
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Biography

Dr. James Zellner, MD is a cardiovascular surgery specialist in Chattanooga, TN and has been practicing for 29 years. He graduated from University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine in 1986 and specializes in cardiovascular surgery and cardiothoracic surgery.

Specialties

  • Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery

Education

1990
Medical University of South Carolina
Fellowship Hospital
1987
Medical University of South Carolina
Residency Hospital
1987
Medical University of South Carolina
Internship Hospital
1986
University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine
Medical School
1982
Kenyan College, Gambier, OH
Undergraduate School
1990
1987
1987
1986
1982

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80% Patient experience rating, 11% higher than the national average

  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2019, 2018, 2017)

72% Patient experience rating, 3% higher than the national average

  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2017)

71% Patient experience rating, 2% higher than the national average

66% Patient experience rating, 3% lower than the national average

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