James G. McDowell, MD, FACS

General & Bariatric Surgery

dr james mcdowell board certified general surgeon in nashville tn at the surgical clinic

Dr. James McDowell

Board Certified General Surgeon


Downtown Clinic

410 42nd Ave. North | Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37209
TEL  615.329.7887   FAX  615.340.4537
Mon – Fri 7:30am – 4:00pm

St. Thomas Midtown Center for Surgical & Medical Weight Loss

300 20th Ave. North | Suite 301
Nashville, TN 37203
TEL 615.284.2400     FAX 615.284.4644
Mon – Fri from 7:30am – 4:30pm


Bariatric Procedures
Cancer Surgery
Colon Surgery
Gallbladder Surgery
Gastric Surgery
Hernia Surgery
Inguinal Hernia Repair
Reflux Surgery
Revisional Bariatric Surgery

Orbera Intragastric Balloon Procedure


Laparoscopic Adjustable Banding
Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
Laparoscopic RNY Gastric Bypass
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (LSG)
Laparoscopic Surgery
Laparoscopic Weight Loss


Medical School:

University of Texas
Health Science Center
San Antonio, TX


Vanderbilt University
School of Medicine
Nashville, TN


Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN

General Surgery Blog in Nashville

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How to Recognize the Symptoms of a Gallbladder Attack

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Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery & Pancreas Cancer

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Sun and Your Skin More than a Cosmetic Concern

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With any time you spend soaking up the sun, you need to remember that while it’s good to get your vitamin D in, you still need to protect your skin. Everyone needs around 15-30 minutes of sunlight a day to keep healthy levels of vitamin D. However, any exposure after...

The History of Robot-Assisted Surgery

The History of Robot-Assisted Surgery

1920s Robotic surgery was still a long way off but the concept of modern robotics began developing in the early 1900s. In 1920, Czech writer Karel Capek published a play called “R.U.R.” which stands for Rossumovi Univerzaini Roboti or translated into English,...

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

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