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Dr. James Donahue

Associate Professor
Section Chief, Thoracic Surgery
James H. Estes Family Endowed Chair for Lung Cancer Research in the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB

Areas of Interest
lung and esophageal cancer surgery, chest wall surgery, tracheal resection and reconstruction, mediastinal tumors, outcomes research, airway disorders, lung cancer, esophageal cancer, lung nodules, mediastinal tumors, chest wall tumors, malignant pleural effusions, pneumothorax, esophageal disease (benign)


Dr. James Donahue is an associate professor of surgery and the section chief of thoracic surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Donahue comes to UAB from the University of Maryland School of Medicine where he had an active clinical practice focused on thoracic surgical oncology and served as chief of thoracic surgery at the Baltimore VA Medical Center. He is committed to resident education and served as the associate program director for the University of Maryland cardiothoracic surgical residency program. Dr. Donahue is a former Navy reservist and was deployed with a forward surgical team in Afghanistan in 2013. In addition to his clinical interests, Dr. Donahue also runs a basic science research laboratory. The laboratory is focused on studying post-transcriptional gene regulation in esophageal cancer cells as a way of identifying new therapeutic targets for management of this disease.

Dr. Donahue is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons. He is also a member of the American Association of Cancer Research and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.


Medical School
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Residency Programs
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
General Surgery
Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, MN
Cardiothoracic Surgery


Campus Address
Ziegler Research Building, Room 739

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