Dr. James Olson, MD

Dr. James Olson, MD

Colon & Rectal Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 51
Insurances AcceptedSave
Dr. James Olson, MD is a colon & rectal surgery doctor who practices in Boise, ID. He is 51 years old and has been practicing for 22 years.

333 N 1st St Ste 130

Boise, ID 83702

Contact Information

(208) 424-0280

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Altius Health Plans
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross of Idaho
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • PacificSource
  • Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • SelectHealth
  • 2 More

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Top Care Areas


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Anorectal Abscess
very high
more than 98% of peers
Hemorrhoidectomy or Excision of Anal Tags
very high
more than 92% of peers
Anal Disorders
more than 89% of peers

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  • Colon & Rectal Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Colon & Rectal Surgery*
  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Abscess
  • Anal Cancer
  • Anal Disorders
  • Anal Fissure
  • Anal Fistula
  • Anal Prolapse
  • Anal Warts
  • Anal and Rectal Cancer
  • Anal or Rectal Pain
  • Anorectal Abscess
  • Colon Polyp
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Fecal Incontinence
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Intestinal Abscess
  • Pilonidal Cyst
  • Pruritus Ani
  • Rectal Prolapse
  • Ulcerative Colitis


  • Abscess Incision and Drainage
  • Colectomy
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
  • Colostomy
  • Destruction of Anal Tumor
  • Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
  • Excision of Rectal Tumor
  • Fistulectomy or Fistulotomy, Anal
  • Hemorrhoid Treatment
  • Hemorrhoidectomy or Excision of Anal Tags
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Proctectomy, Open or Laparoscopic (incl. Swenson and Duhamel Procedures)
  • Removal or Destruction of Rectal or Intestinal Tumor (incl. Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy and Control of Hemorrhage)
  • Repair of Anal and Rectal Defects (Anoplasty, Repair of Imperforate Anus, Sphincteroplasty, Rectal Graft)
  • Restorative Proctocolectomy With Ileal-Anal J Pouch
  • Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEM)
  • Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEM) for Rectal Tumors
  • Transendoscopic Stent Placement

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Idaho.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • G Washington Univ Sch Med & Hlth Sci
    Medical School | Graduated 1995
  • George Washington University / School Of Medicine and Health Sciences
    Medical School | Graduated
  • University Of Colorado Health Sciences Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1996
  • Uchsc
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • University Of Colorado Health Science Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2000
  • University Of Southern California / Keck School Of Medicine
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2002

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Olson has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Olson's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Olson to family and friends
based on 26 total reviews (8 with comments)
Dr. Olson'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 (8)
Boise, ID |
Excellent Doctor! Bedside manner not so much.
in Boise, ID |
Excellent experience.
in boise, id |
Today marks my 6 week postoperative date.yIhaven't felt this good in six months. My colonoscopy was on a Thursday and the following Monday I saw Dr. Olson. He wanted to get me into surgery that same week unfortunately I had taken Aleve that morning so I had to wait a week. His concern was that sincere. The diagram shown the explanation given left me with a full scope of the surgery plus the assurance of a good outcome. Post op care was as first class as pre op. My entire family feels as I do
in Meridian, ID |
I have been extremely pleased with my experience at Dr. Olson's office. I was surprised at the amount of time he took to sit with me during office visits and explain in great detail the things I needed to know. He never seemed to be in a rush and was always happy to answer any and all questions my wife or I had. His years of experience and good bedside manner made me comfortable and easily able to trust him. Dr. Olson and his office staff come highly recommended by both myself and my wife.
in Eagle, ID |
Dr. Olson is very thorough and precise in his examinations and surgical procedures. He has a great sense of humor and will take the time to explain if you ask questions. If you don't understand or like sarcasm, you may not get along with him.
in meridian, id |
I appreciate Dr. Olson's level of skill to surgically solve my medical need. Great guy!!!!
in Boise, ID |
Dr. Olson is unable to effectively communicate at the patient level. He lacks the emotional intelligence necessary to engage in a conversation so the patient is able to fully understand. He also does not attempt to be sensitive to family members either during his communication. Instead, he remains at his intellectual level sharing facts and medical terminology irrespective of whether or not the patient and family are fully comprehending. When asked to simplify he is defensive.
in Meridian, ID |
Dr. Olson took much more time with me than I expected. He explaining the procedures and what my options were. He understood the urgency of my condition and wanted to make sure that I was comfortable with the procedures and the time lines. I came prepared to ask numerous questions, but he covered everything so thoroughly that when we were done, I had very few questions. He made me feel very much at ease.
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Dr. Olson accepts 11 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Altius Health Plans
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross of Idaho
    Blue Cross of Idaho PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Coventry Health Care
  • PacificSource
  • Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • SelectHealth
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Olson has admitting privileges

St. Luke's Boise Medical Center
190 E Bannock St
Boise, ID 83712
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