Dr. James is Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, VP of Mission and Associate Chief Medical Officer at Boston Medical Center and Director of the Violence Intervention Advocacy Program there. She is a founding member of the National Network of Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Advocacy Programs. In 2011, Dr. James was appointed to Attorney General Eric Holder’s National Task Force On Children Exposed To Violence.
She is the 2008 awardee of the Boston Public Health Commission’s Mulligan Award for public service. In February 2012, she was a recipient of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Role Model Award. In 2012, The Boston Business Journal honored Dr. James with its Health Care Hero Award. She was the 2014 recipient of the Schwartz Center Compassionate Care Award. The Boston Chamber of commerce awarded Dr. James with the Pinnacle Award in 2015, which honors women in business and the professions. She was also named a 2015 Boston Business Journal Healthcare Hero. Dr. James is the 2016 awardee of the Boston Medical Center Jerome Klein Award.
Dr. James’ passion is in Public Health both domestically and globally. She is a Supervising Medical Officer on the Boston Disaster Medical Assistance Team (MA-1 DMAT), under the Department of Health and Human Services. She has deployed to New York City post 911, New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Bam, Iran after the earthquake in 2003 and Port-Au-Prince Haiti after the earthquake of 2010.
For years Dr. James has partnered with colleagues on sustainable medical education projects; most in Haiti, also Africa and India.
As the VP of Mission, Dr. James works with a range of programs and agencies that partner with BMC to meet the full spectrum of patients’ needs, with a goal of improving coordination and fostering innovative and new effective models of care. Working with caregivers throughout BMC, she is primarily responsible for coordinating and maximizing BMC’s relationships and strategic alliances with organizations including community agencies, housing advocates, community mental health providers, as well as substance abuse and violence prevention programs. Integration of these services into our clinical care model is critical as we assume responsibility for managing the health of the population in our system.