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Reid M. Ness MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Medicine

Areas of Expertise

  • Gastroenterology
  • Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
  • Gastrointestinal
  • General Gastroenterology
  • Hepatobiliary and Liver Surgery


1301 Medical Center Drive, Suite 1660
Nashville, TN 37232


  • Doctor of Medicine - Indiana University, 1990
  • Internship - Duke University Health System, 1991
  • Residency - Duke University Health System, 1993
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship - Indiana University Medical Center, 1996
  • Master of Public Health - Indiana University, 1997
  • General Internal Medicine Fellowship - Indiana University Medical Center, 1997

Board Certifications

  • Gastroenterology - American Board of Internal Medicine, 1995

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Patient Comments

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My initial visit with Dr. Ness almost two years ago was a positive one. I felt listened to and like things were explained. Unfortunately, my more recent experiences have not been positive. I felt dismissed and like my questions/concerns were brushed off with simple explanations without any real consideration of my symptoms. There was a resident present and it felt like Dr. Ness addressed information more to him than me. I felt unable to ask further questions and no questions were asked about my GI symptoms which I'm being treated for (visit was about iron deficiency). I am iron deficient but not anemic and Dr. Ness seemed to indicate that that was not possible when there is an abundance of literature that clearly states it is. When I asked about concerns with ongoing PPI use and issues with iron absorption he also denied this as a possibility even though there is literature that indicates otherwise. He provided no explanation for why that didn't happen. I was overall disappointed and discouraged by the experience and am considering seeking a second opinion.
April 16, 2024
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Very intelligent! Only issue was a concern of using expletives when speaking. It will not prevent me from coming, I just did not think it was appropriate.
April 13, 2024
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I liked the way the doctor listened to me and explained things to me
March 26, 2024
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Very satisfied with Dr. Ness. He has spent alot of time with me, very personable which helped ease my mind.
March 5, 2024
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Dr. Ness was great, very knowledgeable and thorough in his explanations. He was patient and spent a lot of time with me discussing my diagnosis, treatment, next steps, and what to expect along the way
February 26, 2024
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Showed concern to help me get better
February 10, 2024
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Very friendly. Explained things clearly.
February 1, 2024
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Dr. Ness was very responsive and patient with my many questions about my health.
January 29, 2024
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Dr. Ness was fantastic. He really helped me get a better understanding of my symptoms and what might be contributing to my problems, as well as thoroughly going over possible next steps. I felt that he spent a good deal of time with me--more than I was expecting--and was just a genuinely knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful person to engage with. I will recommend him to others
January 23, 2024
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