Rachel M. Brightwell, MD

Rachel M. Brightwell, MD

Gynecologic Oncology
Medical Group
Ascension Medical Group
Ascension Medical Group Ascension Medical Group
Languages Spoken
English, Caucasian languages


Rachel Brightwell, MD is a gynecologic oncologist at Ascension Saint Thomas in Nashville and Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Dr. Brightwell is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and provides care for gynecologic cancers including ovarian, fallopian tube, uterine, vulvar and vaginal cancers, along with complex benign gynecologic conditions, including endometriosis.

Dr. Brightwell's areas of clinical interest include ovarian, uterine, cervical, vulvar and vaginal cancers, quality of life and palliative care. She has extensive training and experience in minimally invasive procedures, including advanced laparoscopy and robotics. Dr. Brightwell is a surgeon for all types of open abdominal procedures, including those for advanced cytoreductive ovarian cancer debulkings. These procedures aim to remove all visible diseases to increase susceptibility to chemotherapy and improve survival. Dr. Brightwell believes in treating not just a disease but the whole person, with great emphasis on maximizing the patient's quality of life and respecting their autonomy.

Dr. Brightwell enjoys spending her free time with her spouse and two beautiful children. An avid nature lover, Dr. Brightwell is enthusiastic about almost anything outdoors. She enjoys skiing (water and snow), hiking, sports, camping and stargazing. She also thoroughly enjoys exploring new culinary experiences.



  • St. Georges Unviersity


  • Roswell Park Cancer Institute


  • Lutheran Medical Center


  • Lutheran Medical Center


Hospital Affiliations

  • Ascension Saint Thomas Managed Care Organization
  • Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital
  • Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital Midtown
  • Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford


  • The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Professional Statement
"Establishing a relationship with my patients and their loved ones is of the utmost importance to me. We will address this problem as a team, and together, we will formulate the most appropriate plan of care that affords the best possible outcome. My primary goal is to provide evidence-based, compassionate care for these women in this difficult time. Caring for my patients is an honor and a privilege that I do not take lightly. I feel blessed that this specialty allows me to get to know my patients like family and form those bonds for years to come."
- Rachel M. Brightwell, MD


Rachel M. Brightwell, MD offers services at multiple Tennessee locations. Contact your preferred location to book an appointment.
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