Skip to main content
James C. Thornton, MD, ACCP

James C. Thornton, MD, ACCP

Cardiothoracic Surgery

  • Education

  • The Ohio State University School of Medicine
    Columbus, OH

  • Wittenberg University
    Springfield, OH

  • The Ohio State University School of Medicine
    Columbus, OH
  • Residency

  • Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals of Cleveland
    (General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery)
    Cleveland, OH

James Clay Thornton, MD is part of our Health First team. He is board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Before arriving at Health First, Dr. Thornton was a physician with Stuart Cardiovascular Associates, PLLC in Stuart, FL.

Dr. Thornton completed residencies in both general and thoracic surgery at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. He earned his Doctor of Medicine from The Ohio State University School of Medicine in Columbus, OH and Bachelor of Science in biology from Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH.

Dr. Thornton is a member of the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the American College of Chest Physicians.

Practice Information

Board Certification

  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Special Focuses

  • Coronary Artery Bypass with Arterial Conduits
  • Off-pump Coronary Artery Bypass

Office Location

Hospital Priveleges

  • Health First's Holmes Regional Medical Center
    1350 South Hickory St.
    Melbourne, FL 32901
  • Phone: 321.434.7000


New patients should arrive at least 15 minutes before their scheduled appointments to complete all paperwork. They should bring their insurance cards, a government-issued photo ID, and lists of their medicines and any prior operations. Co-pays and any outstanding balances are due at the time of each visit. Generally, operations or procedures won't take place on the first visit.


There are no handouts currently available.