Boston Business Journal Honors Thea James, MD
Congratulations to Thea James, MD! Dr. James was recently chosen as one of the 2015 Healthcare Heroes award recipients by the Boston Business Journal. This award recognizes those who have worked to improve the overall health and wellness of those living in Massachusetts and beyond. She is honored, along with other award winners, in a special section in the August 14 edition of the BBJ.
“It’s an honor to be named a ‘Healthcare Hero’ by the Boston Business Journal,” said Dr. James. “But here at BMC, I have the distinct privilege to work alongside countless dedicated, caring clinicians – and to me, they are all exceptional ‘healthcare heroes.’”
Dr. James, who joined BMC in 1995, wears many hats at the hospital, serving as an attending physician in the Emergency Department, as well as our Vice President of Mission and Associate Chief Medical Officer. Additionally, she is an associate professor of emergency medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. Previously, she has served as president of the BMC medical and dental staff.
As Vice President of Mission and Associate Chief Medical Officer, Dr. James works closely with caregivers throughout BMC. She has primary responsibility for managing BMC's strategic relationships and partnerships with organizations including community agencies, housing advocates, community mental health providers, as well as substance abuse and violence prevention programs.
Dr. James is also the director of the Violence Intervention Advocacy Program (VIAP), which she co-founded in 2006. VIAP is a co-founder of the National Network of Hospital Based Violence Intervention Programs, which has grown to more than 28 programs throughout the U.S. and internationally.
Dr. James engages in groundbreaking clinical and academic work that takes place both in BMC’s backyard and around the world. She co-founded Unified for Global Healing, a foundation aimed at improving health outcomes worldwide. As a supervising medical officer on the Massachusetts Disaster Medical Assistance Team she has provided emergency medical care to victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City, and earthquake victims in Iran and Haiti.
BMC applauds Dr. James and her tireless commitment to improve the health and well-being of patients in our immediate community, and far beyond our borders!