Dr. Kevin James is a practicing geriatrician and hospitalist in Maryville, Tennessee. He grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee before attending Davidson College and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. After completing internal medicine residency and serving as Chief Resident at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, he pursued specialty training in geriatric medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. In 2012 he returned to East Tennessee settling in Maryville and beginning work as a hospitalist. A year later he served as a founding physician for Blount Senior Care Partners, a geriatric care group in Maryville. Over the past nine years Dr. James has participated in the growth of Blount Senior Care Partners. This has included founding a geriatric primary care and consultation clinic, expanding care in skilled nursing facilities and assisted living facilities, and more recently expanding a home care program. In addition to working as a geriatric primary care physician, he provides inpatient continuity by caring for all of his group’s patients whenever they require hospital admission.
Dr. James was attracted to the Tennessee Justice Center when he realized how limited the medical and social safety net he had to work with in Tennessee was compared to what he experienced while training in Massachusetts. His work caring for vulnerable elders through his clinic and nursing homes frequently involves dealing with barriers to accessible and affordable support for patients and their families. By working with the Tennessee Justice Center he hopes to improve the ability of seniors to access care and educate other healthcare providers on how they too can advocate for more resources for their patients.