Dr. Thomas Gaines, MD

General SurgeryMaleAge 70

General Surgery

Dr. Thomas Gaines, MD is a General Surgery Specialist in Knoxville, TN and has over 43 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Gaines has extensive experience in Aortic Aneurysm or Dissection and Thoracic Surgical Procedures. He graduated from University of Washington in 1979. He is affiliated with University of Tennessee Medical Center.

Dr. Thomas Gaines, MD
1940 Alcoa Hwy Ste E180 Knoxville, TN 37920

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Frequently Treated by Dr. Gaines

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Gaines treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Gaines treats other conditions, please contact the office at (865) 305-6955.

Aortic Aneurysm or Dissection

Aortic aneurym or dissection specialists diagnose and treat abnormal bulges or tears in the wall of the aorta, which are life-threatening and require immediate surgery.Compare with other Aortic Aneurysm or Dissection specialists.

Dr. Gaines is experienced in the area of Aortic Aneurysm or Dissection. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

Based on claims data for 7 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Dr. Gaines
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Aortic Dissection
Aortic Ectasia
Aortic Aneurysm
Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm
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High
Frequency
Very High
Frequency

Thoracic Surgical Procedures

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.Compare with other Thoracic Surgical Procedures specialists.

Dr. Gaines is experienced in the area of Thoracic Surgical Procedures. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

Based on claims data for 15 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Dr. Gaines
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Thoracoscopic Lobectomy
Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy
Thoracoscopic Wedge Resection
Thoracentesis
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Frequency
High
Frequency
Very High
Frequency

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Dr. Gaines' conditions and procedures:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abdominoplasty
  • Ablation for Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Acid Reflux Surgery
  • Adrenal Gland Cancer
  • Anal and Rectal Cancer
  • Aneurysm
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Ectasia
  • Aortic Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Aortic Repair, Open or Repair of Arterial Aneurysm, Open
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Arteriovenous Fistula Repair
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Benign Neoplasm of the Digestive System
  • Boerhaave's Syndrome
  • Bone Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Cardiac Catheterization (incl. Coronary Angiography)
  • Cardiac MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) of Heart or Chest
  • Cardiac Myocardial Perfusion Imaging
  • Cardiac Tamponade
  • Cardioverter-Defibrillator or Pacemaker Insertion, Removal or Repair
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Collapsed Lung (Pneumothorax)
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Congenital Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Constipation
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Decortication and Pleurectomy
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Duodenal Polypectomy
  • Empyema
  • Endocarditis
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diverticulum
  • Esophageal Fistula
  • Esophageal Varices
  • Esophagectomy (Esophagogastrostomy, Esophagojejunostomy)
  • Esophagomyotomy
  • Esophagostomy
  • Excision of Esophageal Lesion
  • Excision of Stomach Tumor
  • Excision of Tracheal Tumor or Stenosis
  • Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
  • Gallbladder Removal
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Open
  • Gallstones
  • Gastrectomy
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery, Open
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Gastrotomy
  • Gynecologic Cancer
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hernia Repair
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Ileus
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Laparotomy
  • Liver Cancer
  • Lobectomy, Open
  • Lung Abscess
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Lung Removal (Partial or Complete): Open, or Resection of Lung Tumor: Open
  • Lung Removal, Open
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Malignant Schwannoma
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Non-Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy, and Stenting
  • Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Open Thymectomy
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pacemaker Insertion or Replacement
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Disease
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Tumor: Other than Malignant
  • Partial Lung Collapse
  • Peptic Ulcer
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm and Dissection
  • Peripheral Artery Catheterization
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PAD, PVD)
  • Phlebitis and Thrombophlebitis
  • Pleura Cancer
  • Pleural Cancer
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Pleural Neoplasm, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Pulmonary Arteriovenous Malformation
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Pulmonary Valve Disease
  • Puncture Aspiration
  • Pyloric Stenosis
  • Pyloromyotomy
  • Rib Fracture
  • Robotic Heller Myotomy for the Treatment of Achalasia
  • Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Soft Tissue Tumor Removal
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Sympathectomy
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Thoracoscopic Lobectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Segmentectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Thymectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Wedge Resection
  • Thymomas
  • Thyroid Biopsy
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Nodule
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Vagotomy
  • Varicose Veins
  • Ventral Hernia
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy

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Dr. Gaines' Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Gaines

4.8

Based on 14 ratings

5 Stars
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4 Stars
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2 Stars
7.142857142857143%
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There is no surgeon I have ever had that makes me feel more cared for and confident that I am in good hands. He has cared for me since removing my lung cancer in 2014 and this past year has worked with me to solve the fistula in my esophagus. Instead of going for a very invasive surgery he had performed several times, he researched and found a new operation that had only been performed twice before (once in France and once in the US. Pulling in Dr. Kleppy, a none invasive surgery doctor at UT Medical Center, he worked with him to insert six small clips into my esophagus. The operation worked!! Dr. Gaines is not only a brilliant doctor, but an equally caring human being.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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Diane Fox – Dec 07, 2019
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Dr. Gaines is simply one of the best surgeons/Dr's I have ever had the pleasure to meet. He takes the time to thoroughly explain what to expect during the procedure as well as the aftercare that will be involved. He truly cares about his patients as he followed up multiple times while I was recovering in the hospital. Even on Saturday and Sunday he stopped by to see how I was doing. His office staff deserves 5 stars as well! Diagnosed with lung cancer can be a traumatic diagnosis to digest, but Dr. Gaines and his staff truly went that extra mile to ensure support and care were the top priority. Many thanks to Dr. Gaines & his staff as they are a well oiled team that put you, the patient first and foremost!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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Louis J. – Oct 21, 2019
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Dr Gaines performed my lung surgery, he is a excellent surgeon. I highly recommend him.
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Biography

Dr. Thomas Gaines, MD is a General Surgery Specialist in Knoxville, TN and has over 43 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Gaines has extensive...Read more

Specialties

  • General Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery

Education

1988
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Residency Hospital
1984
William Beaumont Army Medical Center
Residency Hospital
1979
University of Washington
Medical School

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Dr. Gaines frequently treats Aortic Aneurysm or Dissection and Thoracic Surgical Procedures. See all practice areas where Dr. Gaines specializes.

Where is Dr. Thomas Gaines, MD's office located?

Dr. Gaines' office is located at 1940 Alcoa Hwy Ste E180, Knoxville, TN 37920. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Practice

1940 Alcoa Hwy Ste E180 Knoxville, TN 37920
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University of Tennessee Medical Center

Knoxville, TN

77% Patients that would definitely recommend, 7% higher than the national average

13 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2022)