Dr. Tammy Baxter, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery •  Female • Age 47

  
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

Dr. Tammy Baxter, MD is a Cardiothoracic Surgery Specialist in Nashville, TN. Dr. Baxter has more experience with Thoracic Surgery than other specialists in her area. She is affiliated with medical facilities such as Tristar Centennial Medical Center and Tristar Horizon Medical Center. She is accepting new patients and has indicated that she accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Baxter to book an appointment.


Locations

Centennial Thoracic Surgical Associates

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(615) 342-7345
Centennial Thoracic Surgical Associates2400 Patterson St Ste 215 Nashville, TN 37203
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Dickson111 Highway 70 E Ste G Dickson, TN 37055
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Murfreesboro2933 Medical Center Pkwy Ste D Murfreesboro, TN 37129
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Fantastic! Dr. Baxter is a rock Star! she did robotic lung surgery and I was off all pain meds in three to six weeks. Barely knew I had had surgery.
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Joe Camp – Jan 24, 2020
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This lady saved my life literally. If you have to travel to see her and even if it costs you allot of money for hotel etc then do it. She gives you one gift and that's life. She's of course experienced in many other areas but as far as being a surgeon i died 3 times on the table and she was on top of it like it was nothing. Like it didn't even blip on her radar. Once i was ok she just kept working. It took me over a month of rehabilitation just to walk without being severely out of breath. Today I'm so thankful for this wonderful lady that i could never repay the gift she's given me. Look if you or a loved one needs a thoracic surgeon she's top of the mountain period. Everyone else is under her. Even her staff is so experienced one especially could do what Baxter does herself but instead acts as #2 and helps just tremendously. If you wanna roll the dice them go ahead but if you want a sure thing and you want to live then you better go see her now!
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Jack – Dec 31, 2019
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Whole process was impressive.
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Aug 28, 2019
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I travel 2 hours for my appointments and it is ok I wanted the best of care and I got a good Doctor . Dr. Baxter I am happy to be one of your patient .
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Dorothy Buck – Aug 27, 2019
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Everybody I came into contact with was so helpful and caring. Dr. Baxter is a great doctor and made me feel more comfortable.
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Estelle Maxwell – Jul 02, 2019
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Tammy explained my procedure in such a detail as even an untrained nerd like me could understand. Much appreciated....
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Dave Westerman in Mt. Juliet, TN – Jun 22, 2019
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I am very pleased with Dr. Baxter. Her performance with my lung surgery were excellent. She has a sweet and concerned personality about you and explains things where they are understandable. I would recommend her to anybody, friends or family. Thank you Dr. Baxter for your care during surgery and my after care.
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Apr 01, 2019
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The staff includingDr. Baxter were very professional and friendly. I was very impressed by Dr Baxter. She saw me almost immediately, answered all my questions and scheduled a biopsy for the next week
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Judy Richards in Lebanon , TN – Mar 13, 2019
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Dr. Baxter is an awesome Doctor I would recommend her to anyone. She is a very passionate and caring doctor. Her PA’s are Awesome also.
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Herrell Sheilah in Cumberland Fce , TN – Oct 25, 2018
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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 and I very comfortable and confident in her care. Her office staff, medical assistants and nurse were also great to deal with.
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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 with bronchiolitis and pulmonary hypertension changes, Bronchial asthma. I wanted her to review the ME report and tell me what happened to him but she would not return my calls. VERY DISAPPOINTED.
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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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Dr. Baxter is not only an excellent surgeon, she is a warm and professional woman. She spends as much time as needed and she makes you feel as though you are her special patient. Everyone in the office is equally professional and kind. They are truly the best physician office in every way!
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Barbara H in Shelbyville – May 11, 2018
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I would definitely recommend Dr. Baxter. I had complete confidence in her operating and removing half my lung. She is very good at making you feel at ease and takes all the time you need for questions. Very positive experience her the office.
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Valerie in Nashville, Tn – Mar 27, 2018
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Dr. Baxter is excellent. She took a lot of time explaining both my condition and my surgery. She showed me all my test results and made sure I understood everything. She really made me feel much less apprehensive. Finally she listened to my questions and answered them thoroughly. I highly recommend her.
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Mary Flowers in Dickson, TN – Mar 07, 2018
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I had recent surgery by Dr. Baxter. We were very impressed with her professionalism. She took the time to explain the procedure, and the options available, including showing us a CT Scan so we could see the problem for ourselves. She made us knowledgeable and comfortable at having her do the surgery. The results of her surgery are better than we expected. When we did the consultation visit, she observed my need for relief, got me admitted to the hospital that evening and operated the next day.
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Ronald Tingley in Portland – Mar 02, 2018
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It was a very good experience. Dr. Baxter was very very good with all explanations. I felt a lot of confidence in her. She gave us all the time necessary for her explanations and for our questions. The best !
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Gonzalo Calderon in Smyrna, TN – Feb 14, 2018
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Always very accommodating and never any waiting to get in for an appointment. All the staff are always nice and very pleasant. Been seeing DR Baxter for the past year and she is simply the Best.
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Mount Juliet, TN – Nov 02, 2017
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Dr. Baxter accepts the following insurance:

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Background Check

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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Practice Areas

Thoracic Surgery

Thoracic surgery is a subspecialty of general surgery that focuses on surgical treatment of conditions affecting the chest, including the heart, lungs, trachea, esophagus, diaphragm and chest wall.

Typically treats 56% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 4 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Decortication and Pleurectomy
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Baxter performs Decortication and Pleurectomy more than 100% of their peers

Dr. Baxter performs this procedure more than 100% of their peers

Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Baxter performs Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy more than 99% of their peers

Dr. Baxter performs this procedure more than 99% of their peers

Lung Surgery
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Baxter performs Lung Surgery more than 91% of their peers

Dr. Baxter performs this procedure more than 91% of their peers

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Dr. Baxter's conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Aneurysm
  • Arterial Catheterization With Robotic Assistance
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Benign Tumor
  • Cancer
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiac Myocardial Perfusion Imaging
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Coronary Cathertization With Robotic Assistance
  • Decortication and Pleurectomy
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Esophagectomy (Esophagogastrostomy, Esophagojejunostomy)
  • Esophagomyotomy
  • Esophagostomy
  • Excision of Esophageal Lesion
  • Excision of Tracheal Tumor or Stenosis
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Surgery
  • Hernia Repair
  • Lobectomy of Lung With Robotic Assistance
  • 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
  • Lymphadenectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Non-Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy, and Stenting
  • Non-Invasive Mechanical Ventilation With Robotic Assistance
  • Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Pulmonary Valve Disease
  • 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
  • Thrombosis
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Vascular Disease
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy

About Me

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.

Specialties

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery

Education

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

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Affiliated Hospitals

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Tristar Centennial Medical Center

Nashville, TN

77% Patient experience rating, 8% higher than the national average

  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2020, 2019)

Tristar Horizon Medical Center

Dickson, TN

75% Patient experience rating, 6% higher than the national average

  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)

Tristar Stonecrest Medical Center

Smyrna, TN

75% Patient experience rating, 6% higher than the national average

  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2019)

Tristar Summit Medical Center

Hermitage, TN

73% Patient experience rating, 4% higher than the national average

  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2019, 2018)