Dr. Timothy James, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery •  Male • Age 59

  
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

Dr. Timothy James, MD is a Cardiothoracic Surgery Specialist in Tacoma, WA. Dr. James has more experience with Cardiac Surgery than other specialists in his area. He is affiliated with medical facilities Highline Medical Center and St. Joseph Medical Center. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. James to book an appointment.


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Franciscan Cardiothoracic Surgery Associates at St. Joseph

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Franciscan Cardiothoracic Surgery Associates at St. Joseph1802 Yakima Ave Ste 102 Tacoma, WA 98405
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Although a surgeon, Dr. James would prefer a non-surgical solution. Saved my life.
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SR Walt – Jan 15, 2020
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Dr James and staff are always compassionate and professional in the office, on the phone or in the hospital. They discuss your questions and actually teach you. Quick to respond and very helpful when dealing with other medical offices or pharmacies. Dr James treats your current medical needs and is proactive. His surgical procedures assure that if future issues arise they can be treated in less invasive ways. We trust him completely. He removed our anxiety about needing open heart surgery.
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Jim Atkins in Roselle – Aug 25, 2018
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If there is a special place in Heaven for doctor's, Timothy James, M.D. will have golden wings. Eight years ago, after having a heart attack with the "widow maker" being 100% blocked and two other arteries blocked, Dr. James saved my life. Today, he successfully performed a quadruple bypass on my ex brother in law. My ex brother in law is a very important part of my children's lives. When he called me and asked me for a referral, there was NO question who should do his surgery.
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Stephanie Mitura in Glendale Heights, IL – Aug 10, 2018
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Dr. James is hands down the most compassionate, skilled surgeon around. He performed heart surgery in my husband in April. The way he talks to the patient and family is unlike any doctor we’ve ever met. He’s genuinely cares for his patients and it shows through his bedside manner. His team is amazing as well. Myself, my husband and my family can’t say enough about him.
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Stacy Gable in Sycamore, il – May 10, 2018
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Dr. James has an excellent bedside manor, very empathetic and takes lots of time to explain things to you. I trust Dr. James and his nurse practitioners (Witney). Having a heart condition is terrifying, but knowing you have a medical team that you trust is imperative ??. I am lucky to have found this team to care for me-
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MicheleAnnK in Warrenville – Oct 26, 2016
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He was fantastic from beginning to end.
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Dr. James accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna EPO
Aetna POS
Aetna PPO
Managed Choice POS
Open Choice PPO
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
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CorVel
Worker's Compensation WC
Coventry Health Care
Coventry Health Care HMO
Coventry Health Care POS
Coventry Health Care PPO
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First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
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HFN
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Choice PPO
Humana HMO
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MultiPlan
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Practice Areas

Cardiac Surgery

Cardiac surgery, or heart surgery, is performed to treat issues related to the heart, including congenital defects or damage caused by other conditions, such as blocked arteries or arrhythmias.

Typically treats 47% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 4 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Maze Procedure
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. James performs Maze Procedure more than 78% of their peers

Dr. James performs this procedure more than 78% of their peers

Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. James performs Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery more than 65% of their peers

Dr. James performs this procedure more than 65% of their peers

Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary)
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. James performs Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary) more than 61% of their peers

Dr. James performs this procedure more than 61% of their peers

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Dr. James' conditions and procedures:

  • Ablation for Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Aneurysm
  • Aneurysm of Heart
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Repair, Open or Repair of Arterial Aneurysm, Open
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Chronic Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Coarctation of the Aorta
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Coronary Artery Dissection
  • Endocarditis
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Heart Defect Repair
  • Heart Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Maze Procedure
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus
  • Peripheral Arterial Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Puncture Aspiration
  • Renal Artery Arteriosclerotic Disease
  • Rheumatic Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm
  • Septal Defect
  • Tricuspid Valve Surgery
  • Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary)
  • Varicose Veins

About Me

Care Philosophy

In my view the words "patient first" mean continuous improvement, and that's what we're trying to do. If you put the patient first it means you're taking the trouble to understand your processes, and trying to perfect them.

Specialties

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery

Education

Yale University Med Center
Residency Hospital
Yale University Med Center
Internship Hospital
1996
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Fellowship Hospital
Stanford University
Undergraduate School
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Awards

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Affiliated Hospitals

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Highline Medical Center

Burien, WA

56% Patient experience rating, 13% lower than the national average

St. Joseph Medical Center

Tacoma, WA

64% Patient experience rating, 5% lower than the national average