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James Wallace, MD

Clinical Associate of Medicine

Dr. James Wallace 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.

Practice Location

Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Year Started Practice


Board Certifications

Internal Medicine
Medical Oncology

Medical School

University of Vermont College of Medicine

Internship and Residency

Boston University Medical Center


The University of Chicago Medicine


American Board of Internal Medicine
American College of Physicians
American Geriatrics Society
American Society of Clinical Oncology

Language Spoken


Office Phone

(708) 444-2226

Office Fax

(773) 702-3538

Office Postal Address

James Wallace, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 2115
Chicago, IL 60637

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Clinical Interests

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Read More About Dr. Wallace

As an instructor with the OncoTalk Teach program, Dr. Wallace helps medical oncology fellows learn how to have difficult conversations with cancer patients.

Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Wallace's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.