Dr. James Wittig, MD

Dr. James Wittig, MD

Orthopedic Oncology  |  
Male  |  
49 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. James Wittig, MD is an orthopedic oncology doctor who practices in Hackensack, NJ. He is 49 years old and has been practicing for 23 years. Dr. Wittig is affiliated with St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, Morristown Medical Center, Valley Hospital and Hackensack University Medical Center.

James C. Wittig, MD

20 Prospect Ave Ste 501

Hackensack, NJ 07601
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Amerihealth
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Cigna
  • Devon Health
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Health Net
  • MagnaCare
  • MultiPlan
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • QualCare
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Top Care Areas


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Soft Tissue Sarcoma
very high
more than 95% of peers
Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
very high
more than 91% of peers
Bone Cancer
more than 89% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Wittig "Dedicated to dramatically changing lives of children and adults afflicted with sarcomas and other orthopedic tumors through innovative limb sparing surgeries,groundbreaking techniques and a specialized multidisciplinary approach."


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  • Orthopedic Oncology
  • Surgical Oncology

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Acute Leukemia
  • All Lymphoma
  • Anal Disorders
  • Anal and Rectal Cancer
  • Aneurysmal Bone Cyst
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle and Foot Instability or Derangement
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Benign Bone and Soft Tissue Tumors
  • Benign Chondromatosis
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Bleeding Disorders
  • Blood Disorders
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bone Sarcoma
  • Bone Tumor
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Brain Disorders
  • Breast Diseases
  • Cancer
  • Cancer Metastases to the Musculoskeletal System
  • Carcinoma in Situ
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Central Nervous System Lymphoma
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chondroblastoma
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chondrosarcoma
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Coagulation Disorders (incl. Hemophilia)
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • ENT Cancer
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enchondromata
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Eosinophilic Granuloma
  • Ewing's Sarcoma
  • Femur Fracture
  • Fibromatosis
  • Fibrosarcoma
  • Fibrous Dysplasia
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Giant Cell Tumor
  • Graft vs Host Disease
  • Gynecologic Cancer
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Heel Spur
  • Hemangioendothelioma
  • Hemangiopericytoma
  • Hemophilia
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Sprain
  • Hodgkin's Disease
  • Hypercoagulable State
  • Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Larynx Conditions
  • Leiomyosarcoma
  • Lipomas
  • Liposarcoma
  • Lupus
  • Lymphoma
  • Lymphoma, Large Cell, Anaplastic
  • Lymphoma, Large-Cell
  • Malignant Fibrous Histiocytoma
  • Malignant Fibrous Histiocytoma of Bone
  • Marginal Zone Lymphoma
  • Melanoma
  • Merkel Cell Carcinoma
  • Metastatic Bone Cancer
  • Metastatic Cancer
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Musculoskeletal Tumor
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes
  • Myeloproliferative Disorders
  • Myxoid Liposarcoma
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Tumors
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Neutropenia
  • Nodular Lymphoma
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteochondroma
  • Osteoma
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Pancytopenia
  • Pathologic Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Pregnancy-Related Disorders
  • Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Purpura
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Reticulosarcoma
  • Retina Diseases
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma
  • Rib Fracture
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sarcoma
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Schwannoma
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Skin Cancer
  • Soft Tissue Disorders
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Stress Fracture of Foot
  • Synovial Osteochondromatosis
  • Synovial Sarcoma
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Thalassemia
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Throat Cancer (Hypopharyngeal)
  • Throat Cancer (Nasopharyngeal)
  • Thrombocytosis
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Tonsil Cancer
  • Torticollis
  • Urinary Disorders
  • Uterine Diseases
  • Vascular Disease
  • von Willebrand Disease


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  • Adult Joint Reconstruction
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Amputation
  • Arm Surgery
  • Biopsy
  • Bone and Joint Repair
  • Bone and Joint Replacement
  • Cardiac MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) of Heart or Chest
  • Cryosurgery
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Excision of Femur or Knee
  • Excision of Humerus
  • Excision of Metacarpal and Carpal
  • Excision of Radius or Ulna
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Excision of Soft Tissue Lesion
  • Excision of Tarsal or Metatarsal
  • Excision of Tibia or Fibula
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Limb Salvage Surgery
  • Muscle Biopsy
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Sarcoma Removals
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Soft Tissue Mass Biopsy
  • Soft Tissue Reconstruction
  • Thoracentesis


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New Jersey.

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.


  • Seton Hall University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1990
  • New York University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1994
  • St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1995
  • Newyork-Presbyterian-Columbia University Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1999
  • Washington Hospital Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2001

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Teacher of the Year, NYU, 2007
Media & Publications

Dr. Wittig has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

  • International Congress for Joint Reconstruction, Member

Dr. Wittig's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Wittig to family and friends
based on 93 total reviews (24 with comments)
Dr. Wittig'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 (24)
in Sparkill, NY |
Dr. Wittig is a highly skilled and most humane and caring physician. My first consultation was a reassuring experience. Though he explained that the rare and problematic disease affecting my knee would require two consecutive surgeries to repair, he radiated confidence and compassion. He took time to get to know me as a person, not just a patient. The day after my second surgery, he drove to the hospital from his home some 25 miles distant specifically to see how I was doing. One of a kind!
in sparkill |
My husband, Tom Artin, had given up hope after years of suffering from a large cell tumor. No other surgeons would operate given the delicacy and intricacy of the surgery required to remove a PVNS tumor embedded in his right knee and leg. Dr. Wittig immediately understood the diagnosis, scheduled two surgeries, completely removed the tumor (two operations), replaced the knee, and rebuilt Tom's leg. In less than three months, Tom is completely healed! Amazing.
in Putnam Valley, NY |
Dr James Wittig is "THE" Orthopedic Oncologist to have to preform the delicate and complicated surgery on my Husband. Dr Wittigs's experience and knowledge saved Mike's leg and being at HUMC gave us the ability to be referred to the best in oncology at the John Theurer Cancer center. Dr Wittig is not only THE BEST in his field of surgery but he is down to earth and gives you the time you need to discuss your health and is interested in YOU as a person, All staff members will be there for YOU
Dr. Wittig is remarkable! I have a reoccurring intramuscular lipoma that had been removed twice by other surgeons. When It returned the third time, I found Dr. Wittig and discussed my situation. He explained exactly what he would do and scheduled me quickly. This time surgery was quicker and less painful. Dr. Wittig made me feel confident and secure, and he was right! Follow up care and my time in Hackensack Hospital was amazing! So lucky to find him! Office staff is amazing anc caring, too!
Cresskill, NJ |
My fiancé had a fractured humerus. Wittig did not examine him for weeks. Sent his PAs. Wittig did NOT operate on fracture for THREE WEEKS. He went on vacation. Represented would operate on his return. Then bumped him 3x!!! We asked PA to have Wittig come to hospital room after he postponed surgery 3D time. NEVER came to room. NEVER called.
Dr. James Wittig and his staff are amazing! I am a patient of his and have been since my diagnoses April 2016. I am a 40 year old female that developed a rare cancerous tumor in my right scapula. (lieomyosarcoma) not only is the cancer rare but my surgery was as well. Dr Wittig and his staff treated me as though I was family. I never doubted my decision, they have gone above and beyond in treating me along with everything else that comes along with a cancer diagnosis. I highly recommend!
in Istanbul, Turkey |
The professionalism of Dr. Wittig and his clinic staff and the care we had at the hospital was amazing. At every stage of my son’s treatment at his clinic, before and after the surgery, we prayed to thank God for allowing us to meet Dr. Wittig and have the chance to have our son treated by such a gifted doctor, whose dedication to medicine and science can be seen by looking in eyes his. We cannot offer enough thanks to his wonderful team including the other doctors, nurses and office staff.
in Randolph, NJ |
After an initial hand surgery by another physician that was supposed to be a simple removal of an enchondroma (but turned out to be a giant cell tumor of the bone) I then went to Dr. Wittig to have it redone and removed the correct way. He knew exactly how to take care of it and I have had excellent results with the post-surgery rehab. I can highly recommend Dr. Wittig as he is definitely the person I would trust my life with.
in Whiting, NJ |
I was referred to Dr. Wittig by my oncologist. I consider myself very lucky. I have a very aggressive, rare cancer. Dr. Wittig saved my arm and my life. I am so very grateful. This man is a blessing and I would recommend him in a heartbeat. His knowledge, credentials and expertise are unequalled as far as I am concerned.
in Canton, GA |
I can easily begin with deep appreciation for Dr. Wittig's skill in saving my arm. The surgery I was to have elsewhere was to remove my arm where cancer was found. My son immediately found Dr. Wittig. So, I have my arm in tact and in full use. I shouldn't have to say more, but there is so much more to say. He rose above the aloofness found in so many doctors and extended unusual kindness and consideration to us. The professional staff he surrounds himself with are also equal to his character.
in Montclair, NJ |
Being referred to an oncologist is a scary prospect but from the beginning I knew that I had found the right man. Dr. Wittig is caring,competent & kind. His entourage of staff doctors & nurses have been carefully mentored to provide the best possible service. They were with me daily when I was hospitalized. When I mentioned Dr. Wittig's name, his praises were sung by anyone who had met him or needed his service. In my fragile condition, the team was brainstorming to ensure I had my needs met.
in Paramus, NJ |
Dr. Wittig and his entire staff were wonderful. I cannot say enough wonderful things about them. His receptionist Erin got me an appointment very quickly. Helen, his nurse, spent a great deal of time on the phone with me to ease my fear and anxiety. Both physician assistants, Connie and Erin were so helpful. Dr. Wittig himself spent a great deal of time with me and thoroughly explained everything. Thank goodness for this office.
in Freehold, NJ |
I had a bone tumor and was told by another orthopedist that I may lose my foot because of it. I saw Dr. Witting and he explained that he would remove the tumor and that I would not lose my foot. Dr. Witting is a wonderful doctor. He explains everything, he is very thoughtfull and friendly and does beautiful work. I would recommend him to everyone. I trust him completely.
in SB, NJ |
Had a benign tumor in my right shoulder. My experience with Dr. Wittig from beginning to end was wonderful.
in Montclair, NJ |
I've been a patient of Dr. Wittig since September 2010. He treated me for a high grade pleomorphic sarcoma of my right lower leg. Dr. Wittig is personable, extremely knowledgeable, thorough in explaining the condition you have and course of treatment which will be necessary. Dr. Wittig has tremendous concern for his patients and their well-being. He does not rush when giving you an exam and the patient gets his full undivided attention. I highly recommend Dr. Wittig.
in Englewood NJJ |
Dr. Wittig probably saved my life. Oncologists told me I hprobably had a non-cancerous mass resting on nerve. 10 Days afterDr. Wittig removed the mass, pathology confirmed cancer. That day a pet scan showed no cancer. The following day the nerve, sheath and margins were removed. Dr. Wittig worked with Drs. Pecora and Ingenito to devise a chemo and radiation plan. I feel I have a team focused on me winning this fight with Dr. Wittig it's quarterback.
in Ridgewood, NJ |
500 character is not enough to say how wonderful DR. Wittig is. I wholeheartedly echo the glowing reviews of others. My son was away at college when a lesion was discovered after mildly complaining of knee pain. I flew down to take him to doctors, made many calls looking for the best doctor and was in panic mode. My son came home to NJ and we met with Dr.Wittig. Within 10 minutes I knew my son was in good hands. I trusted him with sons life, as a mother there is no stronger endorsement.
in Norwood, NJ |
I am truly fortunate and blessed to have met Dr. Wittig and that he was the surgeon who performed the very complex procedure to remove my sarcoma. Dr. Wittig is an extremely gifted surgeon and a very patient and caring man. He takes all the time necessary to help me and my family understand everything about my life changing diagnosis. Dr. Wittig’s and his staff’s knowledge and competence provide me the assurance I am under the best care possible. Special thanks to Helen, Erin, Connie and Jill.
in Linden, NJ |
Dr. Wittig and his staff are amazing! Immediately upon meeting Dr. Witting, I felt comfortable in his care. He was calming at a time when we felt the most crazed. He sat with us and discussed everything in detail from what each test was for, my diagnosis and the plan of action (both short & long term). His ENTIRE staff is truly remarkable. I felt like my entire health journey was a team effort and EVERYONE there played a major part in my good health & happiness, now!
I am a patient and also a physician. Dr. Wittig and his staff provide the absolute best medical care I have ever experienced. His reputation as the best in the field is absolutely accurate and earned.
in Randolph, NJ |
Meeting a doctor and getting told you have cancer never makes for a good day. I had that experience with Doctor Wittig and immediately, I knew I was in the best possible place anyone in my situation could find themselves. Doctor Wittig can only be described as a caring, professional, and impeccably experienced practitioner who instills confidence in his patients with his abilities to address patients concerns while coordinating the best medical plan for a positive outcome. The best of the best.
in Lincoln Park, NJ |
It was determined I had a large mass in my calf muscle.Five different doctors all told me to see Dr. Wittig. I was able to get an appointment very quickly, much quicker than I had expected. From the moment I met him I just knew that he was the right doctor for me. He has an extremely warm presence about him and not disconnected like I find most doctors in his field to be.I just knew that everything would be ok and that I was in the right hands. I would happily recommend him to anyone.
in New York, NY |
In regards to Dr. Wittig in his expertise as a doctor & surgeon was a very positive experience for me. Him and his staff were extremely professional, kind and courteous throughout my treatment. Being told I had cancer was a very traumatic experience however Dr. Wittig had assured me he would do everything possible to help me which is exactly what he did. Dr. Wittig is a very brilliant and amazing doctor, surgeon and man. I will be forever grateful to him for saving and giving me my life back
in Closter, NJ |
Very caring, professional and skilled. Hard to get an appointment, but worth the wait.
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Dr. Wittig accepts 12 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
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    Aetna PPO
  • Amerihealth
    Amerihealth HMO
    Amerihealth PPO
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Cigna
  • Devon Health
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Health Net
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  • MultiPlan
  • Oxford Health Plans
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Hospitals where Dr. Wittig has admitting privileges

Hackensack University Medical Center
30 Prospect Ave
Hackensack, NJ 07601
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Morristown Medical Center
100 Madison Ave
Morristown, NJ 07960
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Valley Hospital
223 N Van Dien Ave
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
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St. Joseph's Children's Hospital
703 Main St
Paterson, NJ 07503
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