Dr. James W. Dutton

Jim Dutton

Jim Dutton is a retired cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon who practiced in Victoria from 1978 to 2006. He was Chief of Cardiac Surgery and the Medical Director of Heart Health, Vancouver Island, and a past president of the Canadian Society of Cardiac Surgeons.

Dr. Dutton is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian, American and International Colleges of Surgery, and a proud member of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, whose 135,000 members were awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1985.

A graduate of the University of Alberta and McGill University he holds an Md with distinction and an MSc in Experimental Surgery. Dr. Dutton has also been a lecturer and clinical advisor for the Island Medical Program at the University of Victoria.

Among his many awards are a Lifetime Service Award from the First Open Heart Society of British Columbia and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal. Dr. Dutton served as Physician to Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip during the Royal Couple’s visits to Victoria in 1987, 1994 and 2002.

Dr. Dutton and his family live in Victoria.


Dr. Dutton was first appointed to the Board of Island Health on January 28, 2014.  His current term expires on December 31, 2017.