James is originally from 5 generations of sheep and cropping farmers in New Zealand.

He is currently a Pain specialist at Joondalup hospital and Deputy Head of Department for Anaesthesia at SJOG Midland hospital.


James received the Cecil gray prize for the highest scoring exam result in Australia and New Zealand in anaesthesia in 2009, and a merit (distinction) for his pain specialist exam in 2014.  Prior to this he received the clinical excellence medal for best registrar University college hospital Galway in Ireland in 2008.


His interests include general chronic pain as well as back pain, neck pain and headaches, and peripheral nerve blocks with ultrasound for chronic pain.