Dr. Tammy Baxter, MD

Dr. Tammy Baxter, MD

Thoracic Surgery  ·  
Female  ·  
45 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Tammy Baxter, MD is a thoracic surgery specialist in Nashville, TN and has been practicing for 9 years. She specializes in thoracic surgery.Read her story

Centennial Thoracic Surgical Associates

2400 Patterson St Ste 215

Nashville, TN 37203
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Lung Surgery
more than 87% of peers
Pulmonary Disease
more than 83% of peers
Lung Cancer
more than 81% of peers

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Dr. Baxter's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Baxter "Tammy Baxter, MD received her medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. She completed a cardiothoracic surgery residency at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Subsequently, she completed an advanced thoracic fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. She is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgery, Women in Thoracic Surgery, General Thoracic Surgery Club, and Southern Thoracic Surgical Association and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.Dr. Baxter is specially trained in minimally invasive thoracic surgery including robotic-assisted approaches. She previously served as an assistant professor of thoracic surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She served as medical director of the lung cancer screening program at the UM Sylvester Cancer Center. Her interests lie heavily in the early detection, treatment and cure of lung cancer. She also treats benign diseases of the lung as well as benign and malignant diseases of the esophagus."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Baxter "I chose thoracic surgical oncology because it allows me to form a long relationship with my patients. I also feel that it allows me to positively affect their quality of life and for some patients affect cure of their disease process."

1  Specialties

  • Thoracic Surgery

2  Board Certifications

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

19  Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Benign Tumor
  • Cancer
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Pulmonary Valve Disease
  • Thrombosis
  • Vascular Disease

38  Procedures

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Arterial Catheterization With Robotic Assistance
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiac Myocardial Perfusion Imaging
  • Coronary Cathertization With Robotic Assistance
  • Decortication and Pleurectomy
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Esophagectomy (Esophagogastrostomy, Esophagojejunostomy)
  • Esophagomyotomy
  • Esophagostomy
  • Excision of Esophageal Lesion
  • Excision of Tracheal Tumor or Stenosis
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Heart Surgery
  • Hernia Repair
  • Lobectomy of Lung With Robotic Assistance
  • Lobectomy, Open
  • Lung Removal (Partial or Complete): Open, or Resection of Lung Tumor: Open
  • Lung Removal, Open
  • Lung Surgery
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Lymphadenectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Non-Invasive Mechanical Ventilation With Robotic Assistance
  • Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Segmentectomy, Open
  • Thoracoscopic Drainage of Pleural Cavity With Robotic Assistance
  • Thoracoscopic Excision of Lung With Robotic Assistance
  • Thoracoscopic Lobectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Lobectomy of Lung With Robotic Assistance
  • Thoracoscopic Pneumonectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Segmentectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Thymectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Wedge Resection
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy
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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.


  • Emory University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1995
  • Emory University
    Medical School | Graduated 1999
  • Medical College of Georgia
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2005
  • Vanderbilt University
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2008
  • Hospital Of The University Of Pennsylvania
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2009

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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What People Say About Dr. Tammy Baxter, MD
Dr. Baxter was and continues to be a true blessing to me and my family. She has helped make a rather difficult situation and time for us a positive and hopeful experience for the future. Truly first class and tip notch all the way around!!
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James Hightower – Sep 08, 2018
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Wonderful doctor. Explains things clearly. Very sincere.
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Kathleen in Winchester, TN – Aug 01, 2018
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Best healthcare experience I ever experienced. Dr. Baxter took all the time I needed to ask questions and she reviewed all the test which the prior doctors who ordered the test did not take the time to review with me. She was very thorough in explaining the upcoming procedure. She made my family...Read More
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Ron G in COTTONTOWN, TN – Jul 28, 2018
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Dr. Baxter removed a small endobronchial carcinoid tumor from my 32 yo son's right lung by laser on 06/29/2016. He was given a good prognosis and was asked to come back quarterly for bronchoscopy followups which he did. While under her care, my son died on 08/29/2017 of Interstitial pneumonitis...Read More
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R. Redmond – Jul 07, 2018
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Great couple of encounters with this group so far. They took excellent care of my mother.
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Randy Alvis in HENDERSONVILLE, TN – Jun 27, 2018
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