James Betts , MD
Chief of Surgery
Director, Trauma Services

Best East Bay Doctors 2010  

Medical School: University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT

University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC (surgery)
Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA (urology)
Mt. Sinai Hospital/Case Western Reserve Hospitals (surgery)
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, PA (pediatric surgery & pediatric urology)

Board Certification: Urology;Pedaitric Surgery


James Betts, MD, is an expert in pediatric surgery, trauma and urology.  In addition to being the director of trauma services, he is also a staff surgeon and urologist. Dr. Betts works to coordinate trauma services with state and county emergency medical services (EMS). His expertise is invaluable in providing information on trauma, the most common cause of sickness and mortality for children in the United States.

Compelling Fact

Injury is the number killer of children in the United States. In 2004, injury accounted for 59.5% of all deaths in children younger than 18 years. The financial burden to society of children who survive childhood injury with disability continues to be enormous.

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics


     • Pediatric surgery, pediatric trauma, pediatric urology

Professional Achievements

  • Oakland Magazine Best East Bay Doctors 2009-2010 (nat'l survey)
  • Medal of Valor from American Medical Association in 1990
  • Chairman of the United States Olympic Committe on Substance Abuse, Research and Education from 1992-1996
  • Founding Member, United States Olympic Committee on Substance Abuse, Research and Education (1983-2000)

Professional Organizations

  • Member, American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma in Northern California
  • Member, Alameda-Contra Costa County Medical Association Emergency Care Committee

Appointment & Referral Information

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