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.
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.