James Helstrom, MD, MBA
Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111
Chief Medical Officer
Interim Chair, Division of Anesthsia
To me, anesthesiology is one of the most challenging fields in medicine.
It often combines intense interpersonal interactions with complex physiology and very difficult surgical procedures. We, as anesthesiologists, often need to meet patients on the day of surgery, quickly inspire trust, sort through an often complicated medical history, and manage a safe procedure while at the same time allowing for minimal patient discomfort post-operatively.
Chief Medical Officer
As Chief Medical Officer of Fox Chase Cancer Center, Dr. Helstrom provides leadership, direction, and planning for the clinical activities of the hospital. He supervises quality, process, and performance improvement programs as well as the Tumor Registry and clinical analytics. In addition, he has responsibility for the Medical Staff Office.
Dr. Helstrom joined Fox Chase’s faculty in 2007 from the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, where he was an attending anesthesiologist in the vascular, thoracic, and neurosurgical services. He was appointed chief medicine officer in 2014.
Dr. Helstrom completed his residency in the department of anesthesiology and critical care at Massachusetts General Hospital. He received his medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver as well as an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, MO.
Dr. Helstrom is certified as a diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology. Among his professional activities, he is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Society for Critical Care Medicine.
- Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2002-2005
- MD, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, CO, 2001
- MBA, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1992
- Diplomate, American Board Anesthesiology, 2007
- American Society of Anesthesiologists, Society for Critical Care Medicine
Honors & Awards
- Henry K. Beecher Award for Resident Teaching, 2007, 2008;
- Outstanding Student Teaching, University of Colorado School of Medicine, 2002;
- Alpha Omega Alpha, Junior Year, University of Colorado School of Medicine, 2000;
- David Talmage Award in Immunology and Microbiology, University of Colorado School of Medicine, 1998;
- Norman Martin Award in Physiology, University of Colorado School of Medicine, 1997;
- Cum Laude, Chemistry,
- Washington University, 1988