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James L. Netterville MD

The Mark C. Smith Professor of Head and Neck Oncology, Director of Head and Neck Oncologic Services, Executive Vice Chair, Department of Otolaryngology, and Associate Director, Bill Wilkerson Center for Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences
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  • 285 ratings

Areas of Expertise

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    ENT Ear, Nose, Throat (Otolaryngology)
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    Head and Neck Cancer
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    Otolaryngology Surgery
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    Skull Base Conditions
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    Skull Base Surgery
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    Thyroid Surgery
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    Upper Airway (Tracheal), Oral, Nasal, Lip, and Other Head and Neck Cancers


1215 21st Ave. S., Floors 6-10
Nashville, TN 37232


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  • Doctor of Medicine - University of Tennessee, 1980
  • Internship - Methodist Hospital, 1981
  • Residency - Methodist Hospital, 1982
  • Fellowship - University of Iowa Healthcare, 1985
  • Residency - University of Tennessee Health Science Center, 1985

Board Certifications

  • Otolaryngology - American Board of Otolaryngology, 1985

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Patient Comments

Patient Comments are gathered from the Press Ganey Patient Experience Survey and displayed in full. Patients are not identified in order to respect patient privacy.
Could not have asked for a better experience! From the nurse, to the Chief Resident to Dr. Netterville. this team is amazing!
June 11, 2021
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I love Dr. Netterville!
June 1, 2021
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June 1, 2021
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could not ask for any better treatment from any other doctor!!!!!
May 29, 2021
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Everyone is Great!
May 28, 2021
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Dr Netterville is the best and his staff members are also. I always come away from my visits with a belief I am being well cared for by a knowledgeable physician.
May 27, 2021
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I highly recommend this clinic! Dr. Netterville is the best!! everyone I have been in contact with has been of highest quality! I believe Dr. Netterville makes everyone around him better!
May 1, 2021
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Dr. Netterville is the best! I've always recommended him and Vandy!
April 29, 2021
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The experience and care provided by *Dr. Netterville was outstanding/excellent; I rarely give that rating to anyone. His explanations were easy to understand and we felt we had all the time we needed for questions.
April 27, 2021
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