“I try hard to make the patient comfortable and knowledgeable in whatever problem that she is having. We all do better with knowing what the problem is and the best way to resolve it. As Director of Gynecologic Oncology Research, I try to make sure that my patients are getting the best access to the very latest treatments that are available nationally and internationally. I lecture frequently to doctors and lay groups to help get the word out as to advances in my field of Gynecologic Oncology, laparoscopic/robotic surgery, ovarian masses, abnormal bleeding and pap smears, as well as any gynecologic problem.”

Board Certifications

  • Gynecologic Oncology
  • Gynecology

Areas of Expertise

  • Abnormal Pap Smear/Abnormal Bleeding
  • Gynecologic Oncology
  • Ovarian Masses
  • Robotic/Laparoscopic Surgery



University of Birmingham
Gynecologic Oncology
Birmingham, AL


Duke University
Internal Medicine, Gynecology
Durham, NC


University of Kentucky Hospital
Lexington, KY

Medical School

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Doctor of Medicine
Charlottesville, VA

Undergraduate School

Washington and Lee
Interdepartmental Science
Lexington, VA

Hospital Affiliated With

Holy Cross Hospital
Shady Grove Adventist Hospital

Professional Associations

Dr. Charles Flowers Society
1994 – Present

American College of OB-GYN
1992 – Present

Society of Gynecologic Oncology
1992 – Present

Phi Beta Kappa

Leadership Positions

Director of GYN Oncology Research
Holy Cross Hospital
2008 – Present

Academic Appointments

George Washington University
Clinical Professor

Personal Interests

Dr. Barter likes spending time with family and friends, exercising to stay in shape, reading history, and going to museums.


Dr. James Barter is recognized as one of the country’s leading Gynecologists/ Gynecologic Oncologists by Good Housekeeping, perennially as one of the “Top Doctors” in the Washington, D.C. area, as well as one of only two Gynecologic Oncologists noted as top doctors in Northern Virginia. He is currently a Clinical Professor at George Washington University and director of Gynecologic Oncology Research at Holy Cross Hospital.

Dr. Barter’s interests include surgery using the da Vinci surgical robot to assist in Gynecologic/Gynecologic Oncology cases. He has been doing robotic surgery since 2008, and now uses the novel single-port technology when practicable. Dr. Barter has been doing laparoscopic surgery since the early 90’s. He has lectured locally and internationally on robotic surgery. He was recently ranked in the top 15 users worldwide for robotic gynecologic and gynecologic oncology procedures and presented the Holy Cross Hospital Gynecologic and Gynecologic Oncology experience at the Middle Atlantic Gynecologic Oncology Symposium. As director of Gynecologic Oncology Research at Holy Cross Hospital, his studies have included approximately 1400 patients involved in various research protocols. His interest in the development of a serum blood test for Ovarian Cancer detection culminated in published research involving Serum Proteomics. Dr. Barter has also been a co-author on various other research efforts, most recently on chemo-sensitivity testing, and has lectured on the novel use of biologic treatments in Gynecologic Cancers.

Dr. Barter was Phi Beta Kappa at Washington and Lee University, received his medical degree from the University of Virginia, and completed two years of Internal Medicine and four years of Gynecology at Duke University Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Alabama Medical Center. He was then at Lombardi Cancer Center / Georgetown University Medical Center for 16 years, rising to the rank of Professor. He is board certified in Gynecologic Oncology and Gynecology.