Dr. James Donahue, MD

Dr. James Donahue, MD

Thoracic Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 48
Dr. James Donahue, MD is a thoracic surgery specialist in Birmingham, AL and has been practicing for 10 years. He graduated from Harvard Med Sch in 1996 and specializes in thoracic surgery and cardiac surgery.Read his story

2000 6th Ave S

Birmingham, AL 35233

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama
  • Cigna
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • Medicaid of Alabama
  • Medicare
  • Tricare
  • TriWest Champus
  • UnitedHealthCare
  • VIVA Health

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Top Care Areas

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Lung Cancer
more than 61% of peers
Lung Surgery
more than 53% of peers
Pulmonary Disease
more than 48% of peers

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Dr. Donahue's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Donahue "Dr. James Donahue is an associate professor of surgery and the section chief of thoracic surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Donahue comes to UAB from the University of Maryland School of Medicine where he had an active clinical practice focused on thoracic surgical oncology and served as chief of thoracic surgery at the Baltimore VA Medical Center. He is committed to resident education and served as the associate program director for the University of Maryland cardiothoracic surgical residency program. Dr. Donahue is a former Navy reservist and was deployed with a forward surgical team in Afghanistan in 2013. In addition to his clinical interests, Dr. Donahue also runs a basic science research laboratory. The laboratory is focused on studying post-transcriptional gene regulation in esophageal cancer cells as a way of identifying new therapeutic targets for management of this disease."
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Care Philosophy

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2  Specialties

  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Cardiac Surgery

2  Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*
  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Thoracic Surgery*

36  Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Ectasia
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Benign Tumor
  • Cancer
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Empyema
  • Endocarditis
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Pleura Cancer
  • Pleural Cancer
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Thrombosis
  • Vascular Disease
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27  Procedures

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • Harvard Med Sch
    Medical School | Graduated 1996
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2005
  • Mayo Clinic-Rochester
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2008

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Donahue has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Donahue's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Donahue to family and friends
3 total reviews (3 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (3)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Donahue's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (3)

I have lung cancer .My Doctor James Donahue talked to me gave me my options. I chose surgery to remove tumor, Thoracotomy. I have done well since surgery. And I am able to assume my normal life 4weeks after .I am very impressed with Doctor Donahue.
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Dr Donahue removed part of my lung in March 2018. He explained clearly about what to expect before my surgery. During my stay in the hospital, his residents, CRNPs, and himself visited me everyday to check on my progress and pain control. I received very good care at the hospital.
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Amazing Dr, very intelligent and experienced. Friendly and helpful with all of my familys questions. He performed emergency surgery on my step mother and saved her life.
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