Hematology and Oncology (Cancer), Geriatric and Palliative Medicine, Geriatric Oncology (Cancer in Older Adults) | More

Clinical Associate of Medicine

A clinically integrated network of physicians and providers employed by UChicago Medicine who offer care in inpatient, community, ambulatory, acute care or extended care settings.

James Wallace, MD

James Wallace, MD, is a skilled oncologist with specialty training in geriatrics. He has particular expertise in the treatment of older cancer patients. Dr. Wallace specializes in the assessment of the "oldest old" (age 85 and up) and "frail older" patients (age 65 and up with other medical problems) who seek help in learning how to manage cancer. He also advises other physicians, helping them choose the best treatment options for older patients who have cancer.

Communication is one of Dr. Wallace's top patient care priorities. He believes effective communication is essential in any successful doctor-patient relationship. He is also an instructor at OncoTalk Teach, a national leadership conference for physician instructors who teach communication skills to junior physicians.

Dr. Wallace is an active researcher. He serves as co-director of the Specialized Oncologic Care and Research of the Elderly (SOCARE) clinic--a program dedicated to understanding how frailty, cognitive deficits and advanced age affects cancer treatment. Weekly, this clinic sees a diverse population of older patients, offering individual consultation and answering their questions about effectively managing cancer. Additionally, the SOCARE clinic conducts research studies designed to improve the care of elderly cancer patients.

UCM Medical Group physicians with privileges at the hospital are independent physicians. They are not employees or agents of the University of Chicago Medical Center or Ingalls Memorial.

Areas of Expertise

  • Medical Ethics
  • Frailty Assessment

Medical Education

  • University of Vermont College of Medicine


  • Boston University Medical Center


  • Boston University Medical Center


  • University of Chicago Medicine

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American College of Physicians
  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American Geriatric Society
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare
  • Coventry Health Plan PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • Illinicare
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice / Choice Plus
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
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Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine (DCAM) - Hyde Park

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UChicago Medicine at Ingalls - Flossmoor

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UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial

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To Refer a Patient

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At a Glance

Practicing Since2008

Board Certifications

  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Medical Oncology

Languages Spoken

  • English