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Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center 1235 San Marco Blvd Ste 2 Jacksonville, FL 32207 Get Directions

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We provide a coordinated, dedicated multidisciplinary and multispecialty team for all cancer patient care in a single location.  This closely integrated multidisciplinary care team creates a unique treatment environment to address all care for the cancer patient and their family.  Each new patient or consultation has the benefit of a multidisciplinary group of experts specific to that patient's cancer diagnosis.

The Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center includes medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgery, pathology, laboratory, diagnostic imaging, infusion and other support clinical services. BMDACC is located on the campus of Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville and has private infusion therapy stations, large patient exam rooms and beautifully designed nursing stations and waiting areas for families. Natural light, soothing colors and artwork provide comfort by merging the "high-tech" world of medicine with the "high-touch" needs of each individual cancer patients. 

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Biography

Joe B. Putnam, Jr., MD, FACS received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Zoology (AB with Honors/AB) in 1975 and medical degree (M.D.) in 1979 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was a Surgical Intern and Junior Assistant Resident in Surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland; a Medical Staff Fellow in the Surgery Branch at the National Cancer Institute / National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland (1981-1984); and completed his residency in Surgery at The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, New York (1986) and Thoracic Surgery at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (1988). Dr. Putnam subsequently joined the faculty of The Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in 1988 and served as Deputy Chairman of the Department from 1995 – 2004. During Operation Desert Storm, Dr. Putnam was activated as a Naval Reservist and assumed duties as Head, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Naval Hospital San Diego. He retired as Captain (O-6), Medical Corps, United States Naval Reserve in 2011. As Chair, Thoracic Committee of the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group from 2001 – 2011, and a member of its Executive Committee, he facilitated development and completion of various national trials in thoracic surgical oncology. In 2004, he was appointed Professor and Chairman of the Department of Thoracic Surgery at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Ingram Professor of Cancer Research, and Program Director for the residency program in Thoracic Surgery. During his tenure as Chairman, the department grew to include four cardiothoracic surgeons (MD faculty), two basic scientists (PhD faculty), 6 residents in an ACGME approved training program in Thoracic ("cardiothoracic") surgery, and a active lung transplantation program with exceptional clinical outcomes "Silver Award" by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and an international reputation for excellence in clinical care and education within the specialty. After nearly 12 years in Nashville, Dr. Putnam was appointed Medical Director of the Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center (BMDACC) in Jacksonville, Florida. The BMDACC became the third partner member of MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a far-reaching collaborative of health care systems focused on sharing the knowledge and treatment protocols that will help to eradicate cancer through education, research, prevention and treatment with full clinical and operational integration. This unique program is designed to address the complete continuum of care for the cancer patient and their family. Clinical operations began October 1, 2015. Our new iconic Cancer Center building will be constructed across the street with an anticipated opening in June 2018. This destination cancer center will be a visible symbol to the community that Baptist MD Anderson is fully committed to our mission of Making Cancer History! In addition to an active clinical practice in cardiothoracic surgery with a focus on thoracic surgical oncology, Dr. Putnam currently serves as a Director of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and Chair of the Credentials Committee. As a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, he served on its Board of Governors (2 terms), and the Commission on Cancer (2 terms). He is a member of numerous national and international organizations. He has published over 160 peer-reviewed articles in professional journals, edited or co-edited 3 books, 41 book chapters, and 45 invited articles. He enjoys sailing, backpacking, and traveling with his family.

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Dr. Putnam is a fabulous surgeon with a wonderful bedside manner. He performed a lobectomy on my right lung in 2014 at Vanderbilt. I highly recommend this wonderful doctor.
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Joe B. Putnam, Jr., MD, FACS received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Zoology (AB with Honors/AB) in 1975 and medical degree (M.D.) in 1979 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was a Surgical Intern and Junior Assistant Resident in Surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland; a Medical Staff Fellow in the Surgery Branch at the National Cancer Institute / National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland (1981-1984); and completed his residency in Surgery at The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, New York (1986) and Thoracic Surgery at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (1988). 

Dr. Putnam subsequently joined the faculty of The Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in 1988 and served as Deputy Chairman of the Department from 1995 – 2004.   During Operation Desert Storm, Dr. Putnam was activated as a Naval Reservist and assumed duties as Head, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Naval Hospital San Diego.  He retired as Captain (O-6), Medical Corps, United States Naval Reserve in 2011.  As Chair, Thoracic Committee of the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group from 2001 – 2011, and a member of its Executive Committee, he facilitated development and completion of various national trials in thoracic surgical oncology.  In 2004, he was appointed Professor and Chairman of the Department of Thoracic Surgery at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Ingram Professor of Cancer Research, and Program Director for the residency program in Thoracic Surgery.  During his tenure as Chairman, the department grew to include four cardiothoracic surgeons (MD faculty), two basic scientists (PhD faculty), 6 residents in an ACGME approved training program in Thoracic ("cardiothoracic") surgery, and a active lung transplantation program with exceptional clinical outcomes "Silver Award" by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and an international reputation for excellence in clinical care and education within the specialty.   

After nearly 12 years in Nashville, Dr. Putnam was appointed Medical Director of the Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center (BMDACC) in Jacksonville, Florida.  

The BMDACC became the third partner member of MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a far-reaching collaborative of health care systems focused on sharing the knowledge and treatment protocols that will help to eradicate cancer through education, research, prevention and treatment with full clinical and operational integration.  This unique program is designed to address the complete continuum of care for the cancer patient and their family.  Clinical operations began October 1, 2015.  Our new iconic Cancer Center building will be constructed across the street with an anticipated opening in June 2018.  This destination cancer center will be a visible symbol to the community that Baptist MD Anderson is fully committed to our mission of Making Cancer History!

In addition to an active clinical practice in cardiothoracic surgery with a focus on thoracic surgical oncology, Dr. Putnam currently serves as a Director of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and Chair of the Credentials Committee.  As a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, he served on its Board of Governors (2 terms), and the Commission on Cancer (2 terms).  He is a member of numerous national and international organizations. He has published over 160 peer-reviewed articles in professional journals, edited or co-edited 3 books, 41 book chapters, and 45 invited articles.  He enjoys sailing, backpacking, and traveling with his family.  

Dr. Putnam Jr's Care Philosophy

We provide a coordinated, dedicated multidisciplinary and multispecialty team for all cancer patient care in a single location.  This closely integrated multidisciplinary care team creates a unique treatment environment to address all care for the cancer patient and their family.  Each new patient or consultation has the benefit of a multidisciplinary group of experts specific to that patient's cancer diagnosis.

The Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center includes medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgery, pathology, laboratory, diagnostic imaging, infusion and other support clinical services. BMDACC is located on the campus of Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville and has private infusion therapy stations, large patient exam rooms and beautifully designed nursing stations and waiting areas for families. Natural light, soothing colors and artwork provide comfort by merging the "high-tech" world of medicine with the "high-touch" needs of each individual cancer patients. 

Dr. Putnam Jr says...

As a cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Putnam has extensive clinical experience in the specialty of Thoracic Surgery and Thoracic Surgical Oncology including surgery for a wide spectrum of simple and complex thoracic ("chest") diseases including lung cancer, esophageal cancer and complex esophageal diseases including re-operative esophageal procedures, pulmonary metastases, benign and malignant pleural diseases, pleural effusions, thymoma and other mediastinal tumors, and primary and secondary chest wall neoplasms.  He has advanced minimally-invasive (such as video-assisted thoracic surgery "VATS"; outpatient management of malignant pleural effusions; palliative endoscopic techniques) and appropriately-invasive (axillary mini-thoracotomy, or more extensive incisions) to remove large and potentially unresectable tumors, novel thoracic surgical techniques such as mediastinal and tracheal (airway) surgery, quality improvement in thoracic surgery, and accrual to clinical trials.  

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Dr. Putnam has extensive experience in the surgical management of a wide spectrum of thoracic diseases including lung cancer, esophageal cancer, pulmonary metastases, benign and malignant pleural diseases, and mediastinal and chest wall tumors. He has expertise in resection of complex thoracic tumors including advanced cancers, the multi-disciplinary management of these thoracic neoplasms, and reoperative thoracic surgery. His research has focused on improving outcomes in thoracic surgery, and evaluating novel therapies for thoracic diseases.

Dr. Putnam Jr's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
  •  Board certified in Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

Awards & Recognition

  • Awards & Honors
    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
    • Top Scoring Physician RE: Overall Quality of Doctor Care, Vanderbilt Medical Group, 2007-2009
    • America's Top Doctors (Castle Connolly), 2006-Prese
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  • Media & Publications
    • "Management of primary pulmonary artery sarcomas." Annals of Thoracic Surgery 2009 Mar; 87(3):977-84.
    • "Accuracy of FDG-PET to diagnose lung cancer in a region of endemic granulomatous disease." Annals of Thoracic Surgery 92(2): 428-433, August, 2011.
    • "Occult Metastases in Lymph Nodes Predict Survival in Resectable Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer." Journal of Clinical Oncology, 2011 (In Press).
    • "Lymph node analysis in esophageal resection: American College of Surgeons Oncology Group Z0060 trial." Annals of Thoracic Surgery 421 2008; 86(2):418-21.
    • "Lung Cancer Diagnosis from Proteomic Analysis of Preinvasive Lesions." Cancer Res, April 15, 2011; 3009.
    • "Surgery With or Without Preoperative Paclitaxel and Carboplatin in Early-Stage Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: Southwest Oncology Group Trial S9900, an Intergroup, Randomized, Phase III Trial." J Clin Oncol, April 10, 2010: 1843-1849.
    • "Randomized Trial of Mediastinal Lymph Node Sampling Versus Complete Lymphadenectomy During Pulmonary Resection in the Patient with N0 or N1 (Less Than Hilar) Non-Small Cell Carcinoma: Results of the ACOSOG Z0030 Trial." J. Thorac Cardiovas. Surg., March 2011, 141: 662-670.
    • "Successful treatment of atrioesophageal fistula via cervical esophageal ligation and decompression." Annals of Thoracic Surgery, June 2011, 91: e85-e86.
    • "Cooperative Group Research Efforts in Thoracic Malignancies 2009: A Review from the 10th Annual International Lung Cancer Congress." Clinical Lung Cancer 2009 Nov; 395-404.
    • "Cooperative group research efforts in lung cancer 2008: focus on advanced-stage non-small-cell lung cancer." Clinical Lung Cancer 2008 Nov; 9(6):346-51.

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  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Benign Tumor
  • Bronchioalveolar Carcinoma
  • Bronchogenic Carcinoma
  • Cancer
  • Empyema
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Mediastinal Tumors
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Metastatic Cancer
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Pleura Cancer
  • Pleural Cancer
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Respiratory System Cancer
  • Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Thymomas
  • Thymus Cancer

Education

  • Medical School
    University Of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1979

  • Internship Hospital
    John Hopkins Hospital

    Completed in 1980

  • Residency Hospital
    Johns Hopkins Hospital

    Completed in 1981

    University Of Michigan / Ann Arbor

    Completed in 1988

    University Rochester

    Completed in 1986

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Nci/Nih Surgery Branch

    Completed in 1984

  • Undergraduate School
    University Of North Carolina

    Graduated in 1975

  • Other Education
    National Cancer Institute / National Institutes Of Health

    Completed in 1984

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
  • Decortication and Pleurectomy
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Esophagectomy (Esophagogastrostomy, Esophagojejunostomy)
  • Esophagomyotomy
  • Esophagostomy
  • Excision of Esophageal Lesion
  • Excision of Tracheal Tumor or Stenosis
  • Hernia Repair
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Lobectomy, Open
  • Lung Removal (Partial or Complete): Open, or Resection of Lung Tumor: Open
  • Lung Removal, Open
  • Lung Surgery
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Open Thymectomy
  • Segmentectomy, Open
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracic Surgical Procedure
  • Thoracoscopic Lobectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Segmentectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Wedge Resection
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy