James F. Huth, M.D., is a Professor in the Department of Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Since 1996 he also has held the Occidental Chemical Chair in Cancer Research. He is an American Board of Surgery-certified surgical oncologist who specializes in the surgical treatment of breast cancers, melanomas, and soft-tissue sarcomas.

Dr. Huth earned his medical degree at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He completed a surgery internship and residency at the University of Washington School of Medicine, as well as a postdoctoral surgical oncology research fellowship at UCLA Medical Center.

Prior to joining the UT Southwestern faculty in 1993, Dr. Huth taught at the UCLA School of Medicine and at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. From 1995 to 1997, he served as acting director of UT Southwestern’s acclaimed Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Dr. Huth's research interests include breast cancer, sarcoma, and innovative therapies for treating melanoma. He has published scores of scholarly articles, abstracts, and book chapters, and has delivered more than 100 presentations.

He has served as president of the American Cancer Society’s Dallas Metro unit and is a member of other professional organizations, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Society of Surgical Oncology, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Association for Cancer Research.

Among his many professional activities, Dr. Huth serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Surgical Research and Current Surgery, and as a reviewer for the Annals of Surgical OncologyCancerAnnals of Surgery, and the European Journal of Oncology.

Meet Dr. Huth

Dallas Surgical Oncologist

When it comes to fighting cancer, surgical oncologist James Huth, M.D., knows that a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to treatment is the best way to go.

Dr. Huth specializes in evaluating and surgically treating breast cancermelanoma (a type of skin cancer), and soft-tissue sarcomas (cancers that arise in the muscle, fat, blood vessels, and other supporting tissues). 

“UT Southwestern Medical Center offers truly integrated, multidisciplinary cancer care from the perspectives of both the patients and the clinicians,” Dr. Huth says. “For example, when breast cancer patients come in, they might see me, a medical or radiation oncologist, and a mammographer during the same visit to the same clinic.

“From the treatment perspective, our multidisciplinary, disease-specific clinical teams meet regularly to discuss patients and plan for and evaluate their care,” he adds. “The many specialists I work with do a great job of collaborating to make sure our patients receive the very best care.”

While the prospect of cancer surgery is unsettling for many people, Dr. Huth says that in many cases there’s a plus side to having surgery as a treatment option. 

“If surgery is appropriate for someone, that means we believe the person’s cancer is localized enough that we can safely and effectively remove some or all of it,” he explains. “It means that he or she is potentially curable.”

In addition, today’s surgical tools and techniques are more sophisticated than ever. 

“Nowadays, surgery is less invasive and much more precise, the anesthetics are much better, and a number of advanced nonsurgical therapies can be used very effectively in conjunction with surgery,” Dr. Huth says. “These are just some of the reasons that cancer patients who undergo surgery today are, in general, seeing quicker recoveries and better outcomes than they ever have.”

The son of a physician, Dr. Huth is fellowship trained and American Board of Surgery certified. He enjoys the process of getting to know his patients as much as he does caring for them.

“I saw the joy my dad got from his commitment to his patients and the long-term relationships he developed with them, and surgical oncology has given me the opportunity to have the same experience,” he says. “From preoperative consultations to follow-up appointments years after surgery, I like that I’m able to see my patients for a long time.”

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Education & Training
  • Residency - University of WA, School of Medicine (1975-1982), Surgery
  • Research Fellowship - UCLA School of Medicine (1978-1980), Postdoctoral Surgical Oncology Research
  • Medical School - University of Rochester
  • Internship - University of WA, School of Medicine (1975-1982), Surgery
  • Fellowship - UCLA Medical Center (1978-1980), Surgical Oncology
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Society of University Surgeons
  • Society of Surgical Oncology
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American Association for Cancer Research
Honors & Awards
  • Phi Beta Kappa 1971
  • American Cancer Society Junior Faculty Clinical Fellowship Award 1985
  • Occidental Chemical Chair in Cancer Research 1996
Books & Publications
  • Sarcoma
  • Melanoma/Vaccines
  • Liver Tumors
  • Breast Cancer

Clinical Focus

  • Breast Cancers
  • Surgery for Breast Cancer
  • Skin Cancer
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Surgery for Skin Cancer
  • Sarcoma
  • Melanoma
  • Screening for Breast Cancer
  • Breast Surgery
  • Breast Pathology
  • Breast Disease

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Q&A by Dr. Huth