Ted A. James
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Ted A. James



Business Summary:

Dr. James is Chief of Breast Surgery and Co-Director of the BIDMC BreastCare Center. His practice focuses on the surgical management of breast disease. Dr. James helps patients navigate complex treatment decisions and challenges that often accompany a cancer diagnosis. His greatest satisfaction is seeing patients successfully move forward after treatment. Dr. James is a faculty member of Harvard Medical School and conducts research on improving patient outcomes through research and education.

Awards and/or Certifications:

  • America’s Top Doctors
  • Outstanding Physician Performance Award
  • Women’s Choice Award
  • GEM Award - Outstanding Service
  • International Cancer Research Award
  • Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Society of University Surgeons

What do clients have to say about you?

"My first appointment with the Breast Surgeon Dr. Ted James was scheduled for Friday. He and his staff were most patient and kind. It was sobering that I was battling something that I didn’t have any control over. A diagnosis like this puts life in perspective quickly. Dr. James answered my 1000 questions and after we decided on the Lumpectomy, followed by radiation and then Tamoxifen. I was in excellent hands with Dr. James."

"Ted James is wonderful. He is caring and compassionate, knowledgeable, highly skilled and takes a no-nonsense approach to care. Highly recommended."

"Dr James came highly recommended and I can see why. He was very professional and informative, and was very careful to remove all of the cancer. He left no visible scar. He was very thorough and that is what I wanted. Great bedside manner too."

List the treatments and procedures you offer:

Breast Cancer Treatment, Lumpectomy, Oncoplastic Breast Surgery, Sentinel Node Biopsy, Lymphatic Bypass (LYMPHA), Breast Reconstruction, Hidden Scar Surgery, Nipple Sparing Mastectomy, Wire-free breast tumor localization, Minimally Invasive Breast Surgery

What’s your background, education and training?

Medical Degree, Drexel University
Master Health Care Management, Harvard University
Surgical Oncology Fellowship, Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Insurances Accepted:

Aetna BIDMC Hospital Tax ID Number, Aetna HMO1, Aetna NonHMO, BC Medicare Advantage HMO, BCBS Diagnostic Imaging, Blue Care Elect, Blue Cross/Blue Shield Indemnity, BMC Healthnet, Cigna, Commonwealth Care Alliance-One Care, Commonwealth Care, Alliance-SCO (CCA-ACO), Fallon Commercial, Fallon Medicare Advantage, Firsthealth, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare1, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare2, HMO Blue Network Blue, Integrated Health Plan, Medicaid, Medicare, Multiplan/PHCS, Neighborhood Health Plan, Senior Whole Health, TRICARE/Health Net Federal Services, Tufts Associated Health Plans, Tufts Health Public Plan MCO, Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO, Tufts SCO, Unicare State Indemnity Plan (GIC), United Healthcare, United Medicare Advantage, United Senior Care Options

What inspired your passion for your profession?

I am passionate about helping people who have been diagnosed with cancer. I want to do everything possible to not only get them through their diagnosis, but also to maintain their quality of life and well-being. I am driven to provide the best possible treatments available and to research new and innovative approaches to improving care and saving lives. Ultimately my passion is to eliminate suffering and have a world free from cancer.

What treatments are you most excited to offer?

I’m excited to offer patients the latest advances in breast care including oncoplastic surgery and lymphatic reconstruction. We provide care in a highly-specialized, multidisciplinary breast center with innovative therapeutic techniques, advanced diagnostics, and leading clinical trials allowing patients to have the best possible outcomes. We take a team-based, supportive approach and have nurse navigators to coordinate care, making it easier for patients to get all the services they need in an efficient and effective manner.

What advice would you give a patient looking to find a provider in your specialty?

It’s important to have the right team. Ideally your surgeon should be a certified and experienced specialist in the field, working in an accredited center of excellence with a multidisciplinary breast cancer team. All of your questions should be answered, and your priorities and values should be incorporated into the treatment plan. The surgeon-patient relationship is an important one, and you deserve to have the right fit as you go through the treatment journey.

Keywords: Breast Surgery, Oncoplastic surgery, Hidden Scar, Lumpectomy, Nipple Sparing, Lymphatic bypass, LYMPHA, Breast Reconstruction, Clinical Trials, Multidisciplinary care, Integrative Care, Harvard Physician, Best Breast Cancer Surgeon, Top Breast Cancer Doctor, Care Coordination, Holistic, Shared Decision-Making, Patient Education, Compassion, Empathy, Patient-Centered-Care, Survival

Special expertise

Breast Cancer


Top Doctor: 2019


Primary Hospital: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center-Boston