James Lim M.D.

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Faculty profile
  • Surgical oncologist

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.9 out of 5 (110 Ratings, 41 Comments)


  • Cancer

Special focus on

  • Adrenal Gland Nodules
  • Neuroendocrine
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery


  • M.D., Drexel University College of Medicine 2009
  • Residency:

    • General Surgery, Mount Sinai Hospital, 2015
  • Fellowship:

    • Endocrine Surgery, Columbia University Medical Center, 2016
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Surgery


Dr. Lim is a fellowship-trained endocrine surgeon specializing in thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal and neuroendocrine diseases. He joined OHSU and the Division of Surgical Oncology in 2016; he also sees patients at the OHSU Thyroid and Parathyroid Center. Dr. Lim has advanced training in minimally invasive surgical techniques to remove the thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal glands and neuroendocrine tumors. He is also proficient in neck ultrasound and fine needle aspiration thyroid biopsies. Dr. Lim is adept at working with patients and their families to provide a multidisciplinary approach to their disease and treatment plan.

His research interests are in the diagnosis and management of endocrine diseases and clinical outcomes. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and exploring the great Oregon outdoors.

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Memberships and associations

  • American College of Surgeons

Patient Ratings

4.9 out of 5 (110 Ratings, 41 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • Oct 16, 2019

    Despite the reason for being there I felt comfortable

  • Oct 07, 2019

    He was excellent: professional, easy to related to, encouraged me to ask questions and thoroughly answered all my questions.

  • Sep 15, 2019

    Dr.Lim was an excellent physician.He answered all our questions.Explaining my condition in understandable terms making our visit comfortable.

  • Aug 25, 2019

    Dr. Lim was extremely considerate, educating,*

  • Aug 09, 2019

    From the beginning everyone was attentive to my every need. I am happy to be a patient of OHSU.

  • Aug 02, 2019

    From the initial contact with Dr. Lim and his staff through discharge from the surgical unit yesterday, I have had exemplary care and service. Dr. Lim provided extensive, thorough explanation and discussed everything with me very clearly and to my full satisfaction. His staff is unfailingly polite and responsive. The nurses, doctors, and aides/techs at the surgical unit were wonderful. The employees at the check-in/admission desk were friendly, polite, and helpful. I had an excellent experience.

  • Aug 02, 2019

    Told me what to expect and took the extra time to answer questions and make me feel comfortable with the procedure

  • Jul 23, 2019

    Thorough. Professional. Easy-going. Very skilled.

  • Jul 23, 2019

    Informative and thorough.

  • Jul 20, 2019

    Dr. Lim was kind, courteous and patient. He listen to all my concerns and explained everything clearly.He did not make me feel rushed or like just another body.

  • Jul 16, 2019

    He was pleasant, took time to listen to me and answer questions.

  • Jul 13, 2019

    Felt very comfortable and very secure in what he suggested my treatment should be. We will be happy to go back soon.

  • Jun 29, 2019

    I was very satisfied with everyone that....that took care of me and everything. So, I guess that's all.

  • Jun 29, 2019

    In General, Portland is like Manila - too many people and too much traffic, but OHSU was very organized and well set up in spite of this. There was minimal, paperwork and minimal wait time - I like this. Dr. Lim was very knowledgeable in his field. He actually did an ultra-sound HIMSELF in the examining room instead of some "technician" in a hospital who sends it to a radiologist, who then sends "His interpretation" to the doctor. By doing it himself he basically eliminates one of many possible errors in the diagnosis process. My hat's off to Jim Lim for thinking "outside the box"

  • Jun 29, 2019

    He and his staff were very professional, friendly and respectful. They took plenty of time and frequently asked if I had questions. Excellent experience.

  • Jun 08, 2019

    Very professional and straightforward.

  • Jun 04, 2019

    Dr.Lim was very informative about the procedure. He was very friendly and courteous and he made me feel comfortable.

  • Jun 03, 2019

    Hi, I'm very impressed with Dr. Lim. I think you did a wonderful job on my surgery if it's like. I've got a new life now, and I think it's awesome that he did this procedure by phone through the bath and you can me a favor recommended that anybody. Thank you.

  • Jun 03, 2019

    I thought Dr. Lim was extremely professional. I'm just overwhelmed and very grateful to have them, you know at the provider that I mean to to do the operation that he did and just so much grateful if there's anything I could ask for, for like a no is just maybe a little more ... on the personal side. You know, and I know that doctors not very personal, you know, but as a surgeon and everything like that, I was very grateful and very blessed to happen. She's a very wonderful doctor.

  • May 31, 2019

    Dr. Lim was great! Patient and thorough in his explanation of what the procedure entailed, answered my questions thoughtfully, and gave me options.

  • May 27, 2019

    He is very complete in describing all processes of the surgery and recovery

  • May 25, 2019

    Dr. Lim was great, he explained my procedure step by step. He made me feel comfortable as I was getting my procedure done.

  • May 21, 2019

    Dr Lim was very pleasant. He was on time and was prepared with knowledge of my medical records and my health issues. Dr Lim explained everything very clearly. Very kind.

  • May 18, 2019

    I was very satisfied with him and he was very well educated on what was going on with my surgery.

  • May 17, 2019

    The appointment was on...was for the 10th of May and I was placed in the exam room, but the... provide did not come to see me for like 30 minutes or 40 minutes, I have, after I have been waiting in the exam room. But he was very nice. He did apologize for his untimely appearance. And and then he said, he was very, you know, he was very professional, very smiled and he took care of my concerns, answered my questions and then he said to the attendant to schedule me a return appointment and I have not heard back from the attendant. He was supposed to call me that same day and let me know when my appointment will be. I still have not heard back and I'm going to have to call them back and ask them when my appointment will*

  • May 01, 2019

    Dr. Lim was very informative for me. I had all my questions answered. He was very helpful in describing things, showing me things, making it very clear so I understood everything about my situation. Thank you.

  • Apr 30, 2019

    Answered my questions. Clear on his plan of care for my problem.

  • Apr 26, 2019

    As a person near paralyzed with anxiety, I could not have hoped for a more caring and confidence inspiring team.

  • Apr 21, 2019

    He was very informative about my illness and explained all the options for proceeding forward with his care.

  • Apr 20, 2019

    Down to earth. Explains and answers questions clearly.

  • Apr 16, 2019

    I had a very good experience up there and everybody was real nice and kind and the doctor was really informed. Thank you so much.

  • Apr 13, 2019

    Kind. Empathetic. Took time to talk to me and rounded back before dis charge to make sure any questions or concerns were answered and addressed.

  • Apr 05, 2019

    He is a very knowledgeable surgeon who takes the time to make sure all your questions are answered and that you are completely comfortable with the surgery.

  • Mar 30, 2019

    Phenomenonal Doctors, care, protocall, and staff.World Class!!

  • Feb 27, 2019

    My doctor was great.

  • Feb 11, 2019


  • Feb 09, 2019

    excellent care and follow up

  • Jan 16, 2019

    Confident, knowledgeable, amiable

  • Jan 05, 2019

    Excellent explanations and follow up. Great team. All very skilled and compassionate.

  • Oct 20, 2018

    Everyone was kind and courteous and very helpful while I was there. T he only problem we seemed to have was the bathroom doors were very hard for my husband to access (he is in a wheelchair). Very hard for him to open.

  • May 22, 2018

    I can go on & on about how satisfied I have been but only words to describe him and let him know how I feel is, he's my guardian angel.