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James Hood, MD

Thoracic oncology surgery is often the only option for a patient with lung or esophageal cancer. While not all patients are eligible for this option,  those who are often recover and return to a full life. I feel Kaiser Permanente provides great resources to keep them healthy.

I joined Kaiser Permanente because I wanted to be a part of a well-run group of cardiothoracic surgeons. I have an engineering background, and chose cardiothoracic surgery as a career because it is a natural advancement of my engineering skills.

I am particularly interested in mediastinal tumors, minimally invasive treatments for lung and esophageal cancer, and treatment of pleural-space problems, such as effusions and infection. I was featured in San Francisco magazine’s December 2014 issue as one of the Bay Area’s Top Doctors for 2015.

I joined Kaiser Permanente in 2000.

I was born in Alabama and I’m married to my wife, Kelly, a dermatologist in Lafayette. I’m an avid golfer, and go to the gym daily.  My philosophy is to live every day to its fullest.

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Medical Education University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL
Residency Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Shreveport, LA
Fellowship Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
Board certification Thoracic Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery
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