William H. Polk, MD

General Surgery & Surgical Oncology

dr william polk best general and oncology surgeon in nashville at the surgical clinic downtown nashville

Dr. William Polk

Board Certified General Surgeon
Surgical Oncologist


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

Paducah Clinic

225 Medical Centre Drive | Suite 308
TEL  615.329.7887   FAX  615.340.4537
Paducah, KY 42003


Adrenal Surgery
Benign Conditions in the Hepatobiliary System
Bile Duct Tumors
Complex Colon, Rectal & Anal
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Esophageal Surgery
Esophageal & Gastric Malignancies
Gallbladder Surgery
Gastric Surgery
Gastrointestinal Malignancy
General Surgery
GIST Tumors
Hepatic Malignancy
Hepatobiliary Carcinomas
Liver Resection
Liver Surgery
Liver Tumors & Malignancies
Melanoma and Soft Tissue Surgery
Neuroendocrine Tumors
Pancreatic Carcinoma
Pancreatic and Hepatobiliary Surgery
Pancreatic Malignancy
Pancreatic Surgery
Pulmonary and Mediastinal Surgery
Retroperitoneal Sarcomas
Stomach Cancers


Whipple Procedure
Liver resection


Sarah Cannon

Surgical Oncology/HPB Program
Medical Director
Surgical Oncology


Medical School:

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Nashville, TN


Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Nashville, TN


Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Nashville, TN


Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY

Professional SOCIETIES:

American Board of Surgery

Surgical Oncologist in Nashville

Meet Dr. Polk

As a board certified general surgeon, Dr. William Polk specializes in surgical oncology at The Surgical Clinic in Nashville, TN. Dr. Polk did his fellowship at the largest cancer hospital in the world, Kettering Cancer Center. He’s able to bring that expertise with many years of experience since back to his hometown in Nashville.

Surgical Oncology Blog

Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery & Pancreas Cancer

Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery & Pancreas Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is a tough and severe cancer prognosis. Of all the major cancers, pancreatic has one of the worst survival durations. The survival length of untreated advanced-stage pancreatic cancer is around 3.5 months.  Early diagnosis and treatment are critical...

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Just as February 4th each year is World Cancer Day, every March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. This type of cancer is the third most diagnosed cancer in the United States. Cancer happens when cells mutate and start to grow abnormally which eventually becomes...

Colorectal Cancer: Best If Treated Early

Colorectal Cancer: Best If Treated Early

By Dr. Josh Taylor What's the best way to handle colorectal cancer? The Surgical Clinic surgeons want everyone to know that early detection and treatment is the best way to approach Colorectal Cancer. Colorectal Cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosis in men...

Breast Reconstruction Surgery FAQ’s

Breast Reconstruction Surgery FAQ’s

If you need surgical removal of a breast tumor, you may be considering breast reconstruction as part of your cancer recovery journey. Many women are apprehensive about the idea of breast reconstruction and don’t know what to expect or what options they have. Breast...

Surgical Oncology: Surgical Management of Cancer

Surgical Oncology: Surgical Management of Cancer

What is Surgical Oncology? Surgical oncology, simply put, is the surgical treatment and management of cancer. The main focus of surgical oncology is to find and remove tumors in your body. Oncology surgeons may also examine and remove surrounding tissue where cancer...

A Conversation About Colon Cancer

A Conversation About Colon Cancer

All of the surgeons at The Surgical Clinic recognize March as Colon Cancer Awareness Month, but there is a strong feeling that every month should be a time to remind everyone of the signs and symptoms. With early diagnosis comes our best hope for battling this cancer....

Surgical Oncology

At The Surgical Clinic, our surgical oncologists work as a team to form a treatment plan that is best for each patient. Everything we do at our practice of surgical oncology in Davidson County is individualized to the patient and the disease. Our network of general surgeons who specialize in surgical oncology allows our expertise to broaden and treat each patient with the most tailored and advanced care possible.

First COVID-19 vaccine in Tennessee

Dr. Polk, surgical oncologist at The Surgical Clinic, received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday afternoon at Clinical Research Associates, a Nashville business that for months has collected data as part of the @Pfizer clinical trial. Dr. Polk was also a volunteer in the these trials.

Polk’s vaccination came ahead of a highly anticipated vaccine rollout by the Tennessee state government and major hospitals, which are poised to receive their first doses Thursday and begin vaccinations shortly after that. About 56,000 doses are set to arrive at hospitals, and injections could begin within hours.

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