Each month, the AAS Membership Committee presents the “Member Spotlight” – an opportunity to introduce you to a member of your association.
Dr. Ben James is the Chief of the Section of Endocrine Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. He also serves as an Associate Program Director and Director of Resident Research for the general surgery residency program at BIDMC.
Dr. James received his BA from SUNY Binghamton University and his MD from the Pennsylvania State College of Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency at Penn State followed by a fellowship in Endocrine Surgery at the University of Chicago where he received his Masters of Science in public health sciences and completed a post-doctoral research fellowship.
Dr. James’ clinical practice in endocrine surgery focuses on surgical diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands. He has expertise in the transoral approach to thyroid and parathyroid surgery. His initial clinical practice was at the Indiana University until 2017 when he began his current appointment at BIDMC.
Dr. James’ research interests include outcomes, quality of life, and the financial burden of thyroid cancer. He received the 2021 Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association Award for Thyroid Cancer Research from the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons to study the subjective and objective financial burden of patients with thyroid cancer. Additionally, he has served as a tireless research mentor to numerous medical students, post-doctoral research fellows, and general surgery residents and was awarded the 2022 Award for Excellence in Research Mentorship from BIDMC.
A member of the AAS since 2013, Dr. James has attended and presented at many annual meetings and has served on the Program and Membership committees. In his free time, Dr. James plays piano, cello and guitar and is an avid runner. He believes strongly in the core mission of the AAS and is excited to continue contributing to the society!