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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

Areas of Expertise

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


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


  • English


  • 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

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Dr Netterville is unarguably the best there is. He gives patients his undivided attention. He takes care and time to explain their treatment thoroughly and answers any questions big or small thoughtfully and completely.
May 17, 2024
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Excellent care
May 1, 2024
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The time that was shared was exceptional
April 26, 2024
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Dr. Netterville is an excellent physician.
March 17, 2024
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Dr Netterville is excellent! We travel 7 hours just to see him!
March 10, 2024
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Friendly and professional and caring
March 1, 2024
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Dr Netterville is the best. I drive 2 1/2 just to see him!
February 29, 2024
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February 23, 2024
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Exceptionally good care from the doctor. Just excellent. Explained things great. Very satisfied with his care and quality of skill and demeanor.
January 24, 2024
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