Episode 19 - Healthcare Risks and Patient Advocacy with Dr. John James


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Exposing Mold - Episode 19 - Healthcare Risks and Patient Advocacy with Dr. John James
Dr. John T. James earned his Ph.D. in pathology from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1981. He has been a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology since 1986, and has spent 25 years as NASA’s Chief Toxicologist. Prior to that, he worked 8 years studying chemical warfare defense at the Chemical Research and Development Center in Aberdeen Maryland. He retired in early 2014 to spend full efforts on improving patient safety by being an advocate and activist due to the death of his 19-year old son that resulted from uninformed and unethical medical care by cardiologists in Waco, TX. As a result of this tragic incident, he started, “Patient Safety America,” an organization dedicated to educating ordinary citizens about overuse, misuse, and underuse of medical services and about healthcare risks. Dr. James is an affiliate of the Consumers Union Safe Patient Project, which has become the Patient Safety Action Network, was a member of the State of Texas Healthcare Acquired Infection and Preventable Adverse Event Advisory Panel (2010-2015) was a Project Leader for the Healthcare Justice and Patient Safety Grant from the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church (2013-2015)and also served on expert panels by the National Quality Forum, Leapfrog, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He has also been an invited speaker to many Patient Advocacy forums and has won a plethora of awards for his pivotal work. In addition he has written the book, “A Sea of Broken Hearts” to teach others the importance of being their own patient advocate to mitigate medical errors. He has written or contributed to more than 100 scientific and technical papers and more than a dozen book chapters. He lives in Clear Lake, Texas with his wife and enjoys fishing, running, and church mission trips. In this episode, listeners learn the importance of patient advocacy to minimize harm from the medical system.
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