Speaker for 2014 Earth Day Pilgrimage to Burns Bog

Dr. Frank James will be speaking briefly at the 2014 Earth Day Pilgrimage to Burns Bog on Sunday, April 27. He will give a 5-10 minute overview of our health and bog health. 


Dr. James is active in teaching, research and medical practice. His interests focus on health promotion and disease prevention. He has been the Health Officer for San Juan County for the past 21 years and is also currently the Health Office.

Dr. James also serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Environmental Law and Policy, Institute for Village Studies, Jhamtse Gatsal International and Responsible Development. For the past two years he has been on the organizing committee for Whatcom Docs, a group of over 200 local physicians that are working to bring a scientific evaluation of the health impacts of the proposed coal port and coal trains on our communitr for the Nooksack Indian Nation. He has been a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health since 1992.

For a decade he was a Primary Investigator for an NIH funded prostate cancer prevention trial at the St Joseph Hospital Cancer Center. For nearly 10 years Dr. James was the medical director of a local community clinic that provides care to thousands of families on a sliding fee scale. That community clinic continues to sees over 50,000 visits a year. He was the Whatcom County Health Officer for nearly a decade in the 1990’s.

He has been the President of the Whatcom County Medical Society, President of the University of Washington Medical Student Association and National Vice-President of the American Medical Students Association.

He currently does research and teaching with medical students from both the University of Washington and from Yang Ming University in Taipei, Taiwan cooperatively doing service learning projects in India and Nepal.