I am a doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, licensed in the state of NY, with a diverse background in various Asian Medical systems.
Growing up, traditional Asian medicine was a part of daily life – from food, martial arts, and meditation to healthcare. Chinese Medicine has become a home after two decades of studying traditional Asian medicine (India, Japan, Korea and Tibet).
Following years of living in Asia and meeting and training with clinicians and healers abroad, I completed formal academic training (Master of Science) in TCM, Classical acupuncture and medical herbalism.
Following graduate studies that included Chinese, Japanese, contemporary Five Element and myofascial trigger point treatment, I completed post graduate degree studies in Kampo.
I completed an Acupuncture Fellowship in hospital-based care (Beth Israel, 2008), along with another degree in Integrative health services, with a focus on Ayurveda, women’s health and psychology.
Following, I completed my doctoral degree with a focus on medical research, orthopedics and oncology - which emphasized integrative models of research, care and diagnostics (bloodwork, urinalysis, xray and MRI interpretation).
I have had the fortune of serving thousands of patients through our outpatient, community care project. (CAP). Our services are available through our private practice, among the longest standing in the area.
My practice is constantly updated in lieu of clinical research as an evidence base, returning to traditional medical archives and drawing upon personal experience, and that of generations of masterful physicians and medical thinkers.
My experienced clinical work is continually referred by physicians, therapists, manual and physical therapists and cherished colleagues in the field. My clients range from long-standing, community members and local families, to noted politicians, the film and fashion industry, clinicians and therapists, professional athletes, dancers and performers and those in the service and culinary fields.
Over twenty-five years of Yoga and contemplative practice inform clinical care and processes of self-healing. My primary mentors of traditional medicine and healing have all emphasized this integration of mindbody and self-care practices for well being.
Through formal programs of study in contemplative psychotherapy (mindfulness-based and compassion-focused intervention), and innovative applications of psycho-emotional healing derived from medical classics, I continue to develop effective and meaningful strategies of care. Affective neuroscience and trauma-informed care continue to be a primary area of research.
I am also a Trauma-informed Careprovider, with certifications in several mental health-related disciplines and area studies.
Dr. James is also a Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and longstanding Yoga Educator (E-RYT) - and aims to offer his integration of traditional medicine, yoga and meditation in his school of Contemplative Healing.
I am an independent researcher and author, have published over ten books, contributed to journal articles and edited various publications and curriculum at the graduate level. Following traditional scholarly study in Asia, I worked under Georg Feuerstein at YREC, 2002.
Medical knowledge and the contemplative education field are evolving. I aim to support the next generation of clinician and practitioner, and interdisciplinary approaches to research and care.
I believe modern research can interface with traditional scholasticism; Yoga and meditation can provide a phenomenological wing to the study and practice of clinical medicine.
Medical humanities and anthropology enrich my clinical practice. My research focus includes the interface of culture, science, religion and traditional healing.
Through community education initiatives (Contemplative Healing) and interviews (YOM) with physicians, healers and top educators, I promote an extended medical gaze - acknowledging plurality in E. Asian medicine. This emphasis on qualitative, quantitative and ethnographic research is a primary facet of what I believe best shapes evidence-based/informed medicine.
As an avid researcher I am constantly reviewing the latest studies and leading publications in various fields. At present, we are completing the second phase of a mixed-method, independent research study on Tibetan Yoga and Meditation for wellbeing.
I am finishing work on my latest books on “contemplative medicine and healing.” I also love teaching and have spoken at universities, at yoga teacher trainings, led retreats, workshops and classes - nationally and internationally - for the last fifteen years.
The interface of art, traditional medicine, dharma and contemplative practice (yoga) have been a lifelong passion and the continued direction of my work.