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James Lord, MD, PhD
James Lord, MD, PhD
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Digestive Disease Institute
Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Colorectal Cancer

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Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center
Virginia Mason Lynnwood Medical Center


Hospital & Seattle Medical Center  (206) 223-2319
Lynnwood Medical Center  (425) 712-7900


Board Certifications
American Board of Internal Medicine, Subspecialty in Gastroenterology

Joined VM - January 2010


Special Interest(s)
immunological disorders of the bowel, teaching and research

University of Washington, Seattle, 2001
PhD in Immunology, University of Washington, Seattle

Internal Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, 2004

Gastroenterology, University of Washington,
Seattle, 2008

Personal Information
Dr. Lord enjoys hiking, fishing and playing musical instruments. Dr. Lord’s wife is also a physician of internal medicine, and trained at Virginia Mason in the 1990s. They have two sons.

On Patients
"I think it is important to develop a long-term relationship with patients in order to understand their goals and priorities. That is one reason why I enjoy specializing in immunologically disorders of the bowel. I also believe strongly in patients being as informed as possible about their diagnosis and available treatment options. I try to share as much knowledge as I can about disease and therapy because I know that an educated patient will be much more of a partner in their own care.”

On Specialty
“Before I became a gastroenterologist, I received a PhD in immunology. I see the gastrointestinal tract as the most immunologically interesting and important organ in the body. While most of the body's barriers (skin, lungs, etc) are designed to keep out foreign materials, the gut's role is to somehow let in critical nutrients we ingest, without activating an immune response to the food we eat. At the same time, the immune system must prevent any of the myriad germs that live in our intestines from entering out blood and tissues to cause infection. Understanding how this works in health helps us understand how the immune system's discretion may break down in disease. While this is still a very active area of research, it has already produced powerful tools for the treatment of GI inflammatory diseases, which only promise to improve as we learn more.”

On Virginia Mason
“VM has uniquely combined the intellectual rigor of an academic hospital with the satisfying patient-care experience of a private hospital. As one of the oldest residency programs in the northwest, VM has a long history of educating excellent young physicians. This requires its veteran physicians to constantly challenge themselves as educators to remain on the cutting edge of biomedical science. Additionally, VM has cultivated an atmosphere of scientific inquiry and collaboration, with numerous clinical research projects always active in the hospital, and a thriving basic science research facility across the street at BRI. At the same time, there is a palpable culture of helpfulness that pervades every employee of VM, and makes it a delightful place to work or, presumably be treated. I know of no other medical facility that has been able to simultaneously promote both academic excellence and patient satisfaction so successfully.”

Professional Activities and Awards
Assistant Member, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason Clinical instructor of gastroenterology, University of Washington

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