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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.
Dr. Netterville and his staff are superb!! I have the utmost respect and admiration for what they have done for me and my family.
March 18, 2021
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Dr. Netterville is an awesome physician, a caring and compassionate man, and I look forward to seeing him at each of my visits. He always listens well to what I say and calms my concerns with his compassion that nature.
March 11, 2021
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Dr. Netterville is the best physician anyone could ask for. He is the best.
Februray 25, 2021
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Great experience, very thorough.
Februray 22, 2021
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Dr. Netterville is excellent and his communication is thorough!
January 29, 2021
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Gave options and took all information they needed. They were efficient.
January 15, 2021
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Dr. Netterville is the most amazing surgeon and person I have ever seen. There is no way for me to express my appreciation for all he has done for me. Just the BEST doctor
January 14, 2021
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*Dr. Netterville is the best! Very thorough & complete trust in his care.
December 30, 2020
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Fantastic experience with Dr. Netterville!
December 22, 2020
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