James Lyles, M.D., M.P.H

James Lyles, M.D., M.P.H. is from Queens, New York. Dr. Lyles graduated from State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. He is a practicing General Surgeon with sub-specialty fellowship training in Hand and Microsurgery. He is also a trained biostatisician and epidemiologist. With 10 years of clinical practice experience, he has developed a reputation among his peers as a highly skillful surgeon and an excellent clinician. He has a great relationship with his patients and hospital staff.His clinical interest focuses on general and hand surgery acute care management. That includes the operative and non-operative management of surgical emergencies in the abdomen and alimentary tract as well as the entire upper extremity. These types of problems, especially in the upper extremity, can be simple or complex. They can occur in all age groups from infants to the elderly. Treatments can range from simple physical therapy all the way to complex surgical reconstruction.

He has several peer reviewed publications in hand an reconstructive micro-surgical journals. In 2010, while in fellowship he was involved in the worlds third double hand transplant procedure. He has treated well know athletes, artist, and musicians. Despite his early career success. He has chosen to focus practice in a small suburban hospital setting as he feel its best suits his kinder and gentler sentimentality.

He is currently based at St. John’s Riverside Hospital. He has office hours every Wednesday morning at 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM. For an appointment contact the office. The main office is located at 11 Peekskill Hollow Road in Putnam Valley, New York and the office number is (845) 526-2080.


Why did you choose surgery?

Among all the medical specialties that I was exposed to in medical school surgery appealed to my sense of mechanical curiosity and predisposition for manual dexterity. I enjoy the complexity elegance of surgical procedures that often results in an improvement in patient clinically in a relatively short period of time.

Do you recall your first surgery?

I don’t remember my first surgery. But, I do remember first exposure to surgery that sparked my interest. I was a medical student in a busy County hospital rotating in the emergency department. With all the excitement of trauma patients coming in and all seem to crescendo with the arrival surgeons. They were larger-than-life and had a sense of leadership in these very extreme situations. I like that and I saw myself in that role.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of any interaction with patient is always having the ability to help them with the problem. Surgery more so than other specialties requires a tremendous amount of trust. I enjoy fostering these trust relationships with patients. 

What do you like most about being a surgeon?

The thing I enjoy most about being a surgeon is the procedure. I and joint proceeding through operations, developing strategies, and addressing problems as they arise intraoperatively. Surgical procedures are logical, organized, and sequential. I find beauty in these things.

What do you like the least about your job?

Delivering bad news to patient come to know is always difficult. I find it very challenging at times to manage my emotions, offer support, and proceed with the treatment plan for my patients. Especially when I have a long-standing relationship with them.

What is your favorite surgery?

Reconstructive surgical procedures always been my favorite. I enjoy restoring function and repairing things, as opposed to eliminating and removing things although both are necessary surgically treated disease processes. As a hand and micro-surgeon I perform upper extremity repair after injury. There are techniques for repairing bones, tendons, vessels, nerves and soft tissue that when done correctly can result in return of function.

What is the most interesting surgery you have ever done?

During fellowship, the world’s third double hand transplant. This was a very unique opportunity. As part of the 13 surgeon team that performed this 18 hour procedure to restore function to a practicing chiropractor. It was also the subject of BBC television documentary.