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Alumni Spotlight: Tyshaun James-Hart, MD

Tyshaun James-Hart, MD
Class of 1989

Dr. Tyshaun James-Hart has dedicated her career to helping women. A breast surgeon and surgical oncologist with UPMC in Altoona, Pennsylvania, since 2019, she truly enjoys everything about her job. She is particularly passionate about educating women that their health and well-being is in their hands with annual check-ups and mammograms. She also finds it exceptionally rewarding to help a patient navigate the scary and difficult time that comes with a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. James-Hart is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, native who moved to Dunbar, West Virginia, at the age of 15, graduated from Dunbar High School and proudly calls herself a "West Virginia girl." She is a two-time graduate of Marshall University (BS ’80, MD ’89) who went on to complete her surgical residency at Harlem Hospital Center in New York, New York, during which she served as chief resident for pediatric surgery and surgery. She then pursued a surgical oncology fellowship at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York. From there, her career took her to various positions/facilities within Northern Generations/Health and Hospitals Corporation of New York before Dr. James-Hart returned to West Virginia to practice in Charleston and Beckley and be near her family. In 2011, she took a position at Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Lafayette, Louisiana, where she built a practice 100% dedicated to breast care. 

Dr. James-Hart is a mother of two--her daughter is in graduate school at Loyola University and considering medical school and her son is at Tulane University. She enjoys reading, traveling, shopping, hunting for "Goodwill treasures" and spending time with her three dogs.

When reflecting on her time at Marshall, Dr. James-Hart says, "It was a wonderful experience and the smaller environment was supportive and conducive to learn and study. I always feel the hands on training, which was taxing, but not in a negative way, well prepared me for residency. I felt I had had more patient encounters than other residents during my residency." 

Date Posted: Thursday, February 1, 2018