James graduated from Birmingham University in 2002. After a year as an anatomy lecturer, he completed his surgical training (Trauma & Orthopaedics) in the Midlands. He completed his Masters in Sport & Exercise Medicine at QMUL, Barts and The London Hospital in 2006. After two years General Medicine and Rheumatology training in the Oxford region, he undertook more training in Sports and Exercise (SEM) in the London Deanery.
He completed his MRCP and MRCS during this process to formally qualify his breadth of clinical experience.
He has gained a PGC in Medical Ultrasound and uses the imaging modality on a daily basis as an invaluable diagnostic point of care tool. He works with the SMUG group as a tutor, mentor and external examiner for the PG Cert.
James is a fellow of the UK Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine, and has worked at numerous centres of excellence, including the military centre DMRC Headley Court. He has been clinical lead in Orthopaedics and SEM for the Hertfordshire Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group and headed a musculoskeletal interface service in primary care. He also assisted in the development of a multidisciplinary SEM service at Charing Cross.
He currently holds private clinics at Pure Sports Medicine, Bank (London) and at Spire Hartswood Hospital, Warley.
James has been involved in elite sports for over 10 years. He worked with Women’s RFU and spent three years with Esher RFC, before joining London Irish RFC as head doctor in 2012. He has worked with UK Athletics, GB Paralympic squad, the English Institute of Sport, GB and England Disability Football squads, England Hockey, British Gymnastics, GB Basketball and Essex CCC.
He has also worked as a medical officer at the UK Schools games and at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics in the athletes village Polyclinic, and also as a field-of-play team leader.
James is passionate about the non-surgical management of all musculoskeletal and sports related injuries, but has a special interest in hip, groin and gluteal pain; complex cases; adolescent sports injuries; tendinopathy; diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound.