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James Lord, MD, PhD
James Lord, MD, PhD
Would recommend provider
4.8 out of 5 stars

39 Patient Ratings

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Digestive Disease Institute
Colorectal Cancer
Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Clinic, Maps and Directions
Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center


Hospital & Seattle Medical Center  (206) 223-2319

Gastroenterology, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Board Certifications
American Board of Internal Medicine, Subspecialty in Gastroenterology

Joined Virginia Mason - January 2010


Patient Ratings
All ratings are submitted by Virginia Mason patients and are verified by an independent, national patient survey company. Ratings are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score. Learn about the ratings.

Would recommend provider
4.8 out of 5 stars
Provider's friendliness and courtesy
4.6 out of 5 stars
My confidence in provider
4.7 out of 5 stars
Provider spoke in clear language
4.7 out of 5 stars
Provider's effort to include me in decisions
4.7 out of 5 stars
Provider's explanation of condition or problem
4.7 out of 5 stars
Provider's concern for questions and worries
4.6 out of 5 stars
Time provider spent with me
4.6 out of 5 stars

Patient Comments
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October 2016
Already recommended to others. I felt better after 1 visit than last 8 months elsewhere.

October 2016
Dr. Lord is the best dr. that I have ever had the privilege to work with. I had been through 4 GI Clinics over the last 20 years and Dr. Lord is the only one that took the time and expertise to bring remission.

September 2016
Dr. Lord is the best doctor ever. He knows what he is talking about and he is a really nice person. You couldn´t ask for a better doctor.

August 2016
Dr. Lord is amazing and I will continue to recommend him to anyone I meet that could use his services.

July 2016
1st did not seem rushed and was courteous - I felt my concerns should have been directed toward other health issues.

July 2016
Dr. Lord really worked to help me get a diagnosis. He was caring and made me feel like I wasn´t crazy -

June 2016
Dr. Lord and his team earned top marks in every respect!

June 2016
Very nice, obviously knowledgeable. Spent a good, appropriate amount of time talking with me. He seemed genuinely interested in my questions/needs/care. Very happy with Dr. Lord so far.

January 2016
Doctor Lord is the "Marcus Welby" of my generation. He ROCKS! #8. Awesome.

December 2015
Dr. Lord was fantastic. He listened very well and worked with me to come up with an excellent plan for my treatment. I felt very confident in his knowledge of my disease.

October 2015
Dr. Lord is great, he cares & is extremely knowledgeable, a rare combo.

September 2015
After telling me what to do. I asked him to write it down because it was multiple steps - he found a drug co notepad & wrote however I could not read his writing.

July 2015
Dr. Lord is awesome!! Very caring, knowledgeable. Love him!!

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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

Curriculum Vitae
James Lord, MD, PhD - Curriculum Vitae