James A. Warneke, MD, FACS

Associate Professor, Surgery
Vice Chair, Education / Professionalism

James A. Warneke, MD, FACS

Associate Professor, Surgery
Vice Chair, Education / Professionalism

Dr. James A. Warneke is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery. He joined the faculty at the University of Arizona's College of Medicine in the Department of Surgery, Section of Surgical Oncology in 1991. From 1992-2002, Dr. Warneke was the Medical Student Clerkship Director and then Residency Director from 2001-2009. Before joining the Department of Surgery here at the University of Arizona, he was an Assistant Professor at the State University of New York. Dr. Warneke completed a Surgical Oncology Fellowship at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York. He completed his residency in General Surgery at the University of Arizona, Department of Surgery, in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Warneke earned his Bachelor of Science with honors in Biomedical Sciences at the University of California in Riverside, California. Dr. Warneke is involved in various research endeavors that allow him to continue to provide his patients with the most up-to-date treatment options available. Dr. Warneke’s research involves the treatment of and skin malignancies, especially melanoma and sarcoma. His other research, conducted in the laboratory, is studying Thymocyte receptor expression in melanoma, which is used to study the progression and prevention of melanoma. He is also co-principal investigator on a program project grant from the National Cancer Institute belonging to David Alberts, MD This grant is for the study of chemoprevention of skin cancer. Dr. Warneke is also a co-investigator on Several Arizona Cancer Center clinical gene therapy studies funded by Vical, Inc., and coordinated by Evan Hersh, MD.

Research Interests: 

Dr. Warneke is involved in various research endeavors that will allow him to continue to provide his patients with the most up to date treatment options available. His research interests include treatment of skin malignancies, especially melanoma and sarcoma, as well as chemoprevention of skin cancer.

Degrees
  • Undergrad: University of California Riverside
  • MD: University of California Los Angeles 1982
Honors and Awards
  • Affiliate, American College of Surgeons
  • Affiliate, Association for Academic Surgery
  • Affiliate, Society of Surgical Oncology
  • Affiliate, Southwest Oncology Group
  • Affiliate, Tucson Surgical Society
  • Dean’s Teaching Scholar, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, 1993-1994
  • Virginia Furrow Award: Feedback of Clinical Competence Using an OSCE during the Third Year Family Medicine and Surgical Clerkships, 1994
  • Included in The Best Doctors in the West, 1996
  • Resident Role Model Award, 2000
  • Teaching Award, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, 2008
Residency
  • Arizona Health Sciences Center, General Surgery
Fellowship
  • Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Surgery