James started his career as a nurse in Bristol, where he specialised in the Emergency Department speciality. That excitement was not sufficient so he began working as an expedition medic and has continued this path for the past 20 years. After studying for Diplomas in Tropical Nursing (LSHTM) and Travel Medicine (RCPSG) James moved to the Southwest and started the Exeter and Barnstaple Travel Clinic’s, consequently obtaining an MSc in Global and Remote Healthcare. James is a Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, where he resides as a member of the Medical Cell. He writes for a number of journals and is an author and co-editor of the award winning Oxford Handbook of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine. Along with his colleague Dr Jon Dallimore, James developed and directs the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow International Diploma in Expedition and Wilderness Medicine.