James M. Douglas Jr., MD, FACS, FCCP

Practice Location

Cardiothoracic Surgery
2979 Squalicum Parkway, Suite 201
Bellingham, WA 98225
Dr. Douglas serves as Medical Director of Cardiovasular Outreach. Prior to coming to Bellingham, he was assistant professor of surgery at Duke University Medical Center, where he co-founded the Duke University Endosurgery Center and served as director of Thoracoscopic Surgery and surgical consultant to the Duke University Endocarditis Service.

Dr. Douglas has authored journal articles and textbook chapters on topics including mitral and tricuspid valve surgery, ischemic heart disease and thoracoscopic surgery. He was a featured surgeon on the television program “The Operation” which aired on the Learning Channel and the Discovery Channel.

Dr. Douglas has been an experienced practioner of complex mitral valve repair since 1989. He pioneered minimally invasive coronary artery bypass surgery at St. Joseph Hospital in 1995. His current efforts are focused on the critical assessment and advancement of minimally invasive techniques for treatment of valvular heart disease, ischemic heart disease and surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation.



Scope of Practice

Cardiothoracic Surgery


  • Duke University School of Medicine -– MD Degree
  • Duke University Medical Center -– General and Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency
  • Duke University Medical Center -– Cardiac Surgery Fellowship


  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery  
  • Fellow of American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow of American College of Chest Physicians


  • Washington State