James is a physician and author, most notably of the international bestseller “Six Months in Sudan“. He practices emergency medicine and trauma at St. Michael’s, Toronto’s inner-city hospital and is an award winning teacher at the University of Toronto, and director of a program that works with Ethiopian partners at Addis Ababa University to train East Africa’s first emergency physicians.
He is a member of Medecins Sans Frontieres, an organization for which he has worked as both a journalist and a physician, most recently, in Dadaab Kenya, home to the world’s largest refugee camp. He was MSF’s first official blogger, and is working on his second book, “Life on the Ground Floor”, due out on Double Day in April 2017. He practices and teaches mindfulness at the Consciousness Explorers Club in Toronto, and is passionate about it’s potential to encourage personal and social change.
His current interests lie in improving emotional resilience in front-line health workers, and preventing both burn-out and mental health crises in these vulnerable populations.