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James Ryan, MD

Why I chose to pursue a career in healthcare:
I have always enjoyed fixing things, which led me initially to a career in electrical and computer engineering. I was a volunteer firefighter and EMT during that, which led me back to medical school. I thought I wanted to do emergency medicine, but all the interesting cases that come into the emergency department got taken away by the surgeons. I also enjoyed the can-do attitude of surgeons. I joined as an attending in 2014 and became medical director of metabolic and bariatric surgery in 2020.

What I want my patients to know about me:
I have six kids, three dogs, two turtles and, well, there are some wild bunnies in the back yard (if those count).

What I do when I'm not seeing patients:
Enjoying my family and trying to keep up with my kids. I still find some time for video games (PC!) in the evenings. I used to enjoy rock climbing, soccer, fencing, and hiking but never get the chance to do those anymore.

Contact Info

Phone: (717) 851-7575

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WellSpan Bariatric Surgery 25 Monument Rd., Suite 105
York, PA 17403

Procedures Performed

  • Foregut Surgery
  • Gastric Bypass
  • Gastric Sleeve
  • , Flexible Endoscopy, Minimally Invasive Surgery


  • American Board of Surgery
  • Board Certified in General Surgery

Insurance Accepted

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  • Accepts most insurances
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • United Healthcare
  • , Aetna Better Health, Amerihealth Caritas PA, Capital BlueCross, Cigna Healthspring, Cigna/Greatwest, Gateway Highmark Wholecare, Geisinger, InterGroup, John Hopkins Health Care, PA Health & Wellness (Centene), PA Medical Assistance, PA Medicare, Preferred Health Care, South Central Preferred, United Healthcare Community Plan, United Healthcare/ Mamas, UPMC Health Plan


  • Medical School: University of North Carolina School of Medicine
  • Residency Program: WellSpan York Hospital | Surgery
  • Fellowship Program: Minnesota Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery | Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Undergraduate Education: Duke University

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