Dr. Joe Putnam Jr, MD

Dr. Joe Putnam Jr, MD

Thoracic Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 64
Dr. Joe Putnam Jr, MD is a thoracic surgery specialist in Jacksonville, FL and has been practicing for 34 years. He graduated from University Of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, School Of Medicine in 1979 and specializes in thoracic surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, and more.Read his story

1235 San Marco Blvd Ste 2

Jacksonville, FL 32207

Contact Information

(904) 202-7300

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)

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Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
very high
more than 89% of peers
Lung Removal (Partial or Complete): Open, or Resection of Lung Tumor: Open
more than 84% of peers
Lung Cancer
more than 81% of peers

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Dr. Putnam Jr's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Putnam Jr "Dr. Putnam received his undergraduate degree (AB Honors / AB) in chemistry with honors and zoology 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 (1979 - 1981); 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 ACGME-approved 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 cardiothoracic surgery, and an active lung transplantation program with exceptional clinical outcomes including the "Silver Award" by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He is internationally recognized 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 global 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 with MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. 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 August, 2018. This destination cancer center will be a visible symbol to the region and the southeastern United States 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 was recently (2017) elected as Vice-Chair. He serves as a member of the Executive Committee. As a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, he has served on the ACS 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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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Putnam Jr "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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3  Specialties

  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Thoracic Surgery*

33  Conditions Treated

  • Adult Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Benign Tumor
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bronchioalveolar Carcinoma
  • Bronchogenic Carcinoma
  • Cancer
  • Carcinoma
  • Clear Cell Adenocarcinoma
  • Empyema
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Gastroenterologic Cancer (Colon, Stomach, Esophageal, Liver)
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Mediastinal Cancer
  • Mediastinal Tumors
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Metastatic Cancer
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Pleura Cancer
  • Pleural Cancer
  • Pleural Neoplasm, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Respiratory System Cancer
  • Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Solitary Pulmonary Nodule
  • Thoracic Cancer
  • Thymomas
  • Thymus Cancer
  • Trachea Cancer
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32  Procedures

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
  • Chest Tube Insertion
  • Decortication and Pleurectomy
  • Esophageal Stenting
  • 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
  • Stenting Procedures of the Airway (Trachea) and Esophagus
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracic Surgical Procedure
  • Thoracoscopic Lobectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Segmentectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Wedge Resection
  • Tracheal Reconstruction
  • Tracheal Resection
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy
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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Florida.

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 North Carolina At Chapel Hill
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1975
  • University Of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1979
  • John Hopkins Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1980
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1981
  • University Of Michigan / Ann Arbor
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1988
  • University Rochester
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1986
  • Nci Surg Br
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1984
  • National Cancer Institute / National Institutes Of Health
    Other Education | Completed 1984

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
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.,

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Putnam Jr's Reviews

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Patient Comments (1)

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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