Joe B. Putnam, Jr., MD, FACS

Joe B. Putnam, Jr., MD, FACS

Medical Director

Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center
1235 San Marco Boulevard, 4th Floor
Jacksonville, Florida  32207

Tel       1.844.622.2278 (toll-free)
Fax      1.904.202.7433 or 1.904.202.7377
Maine  1.904.202.7300
Admin 1.904.202.7438


Joe B. Putnam, Jr., MD, FACS (Bill) received his undergraduate (AB/AB 1975) and medical degree (MD, 1979) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was a Surgical Intern and Junior Assistant Resident in Surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland; and a Medical Staff Fellow, Surgery Branch, National Cancer Institute / NIH in Bethesda, Maryland (1981-1984).  He completed his Surgery residency at The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, New York (1986) and Thoracic Surgery residency at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (1988).   An internationally recognized cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Putnam’s clinical practice and research interests include multidisciplinary and surgical management of lung, esophageal, and chest cancers; esophageal diseases including reoperative esophageal surgery and clinical trials design.


Dr. Putnam joined the faculty of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in 1988 and served as Deputy Chairman of the Department from 1995 – 2004.   During Operation Desert Storm, Dr. Putnam served as Head, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Naval Hospital San Diego.  He retired as Captain (O-6), Medical Corps, United States Naval Reserve.  As Chair of the Thoracic Committee of the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group from 2001 – 2011, and a member of its Executive Committee, he facilitated development and completion of various national trials in thoracic surgical oncology.  In 2004, he was appointed Professor and Chairman of the Department of Thoracic Surgery at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Ingram Professor of Cancer Research, and Program Director for the ACGME-approved residency program in Thoracic Surgery.


In October, 2015 Dr. Putnam was appointed Medical Director of the Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center in Jacksonville, Florida – the third partner member of the MD Anderson Cancer Network®, the institution’s international program to elevate the quality of cancer care in communities throughout the United States and the world.


Dr. Putnam is a currently a Director and Vice-Chair of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, and previously served as Chair of the General Thoracic Surgery Subcommittee, and Chair of the Credentials Committee.  As a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons,  he represented the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association to the Board of Governors (2 terms), and represented the ACS Fellowship on the Commission on Cancer (2 terms).  He is a member of numerous national and international organizations. He has published over 170 peer-reviewed articles in professional journals, edited or co-edited 3 books, 41 book chapters, and 45 invited articles.