Dr. James Olson, MD


Colon & Rectal Surgery | Male

Dr. James Olson, MD
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. Dr. Olson is affiliated with St. Luke's Boise Medical Center.

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Dr. Olson's Performance
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  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
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  • Office environment
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  • 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's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
  •  Board certified in Colon & Rectal Surgery and General Surgery
  •  Malpractice claims in Idaho not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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Board Certifications

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  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • General 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


  • Medical School
    G Washington Univ Sch Med & Hlth Sci

    Graduated in 1995

    George Washington University / School Of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Internship Hospital
    University Of Colorado Health Sciences Center

    Completed in 1996

  • Residency Hospital
    University Of Colorado Health Science Center

    Completed in 2000

  • Fellowship Hospital
    University Of Southern California / Keck School Of Medicine

    Completed in 2002

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Colon & Rectal Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • 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