L. Patrick James MD


L. Patrick James, MD, is the senior medical director for national accounts. Dr. James assumed this role in January, 2013 and in this position supports the medical organization of Quest Diagnostics through strong business and medical input. Prior to assuming this role, he served as Senior Managing Director of the Kansas Business Unit within Quest Diagnostics and oversaw all business functions in a five-state region..

Before joining Quest Diagnostics, Dr. James served LabOne as Executive Vice President for Pathology and Laboratory Services. He spent nine years with Health Midwest, a 14 hospital integrated delivery system in Kansas City, as Medical Director of Hospital Integration where he led seven service lines including:  lab, pharmacy, radiology, pulmonary, case management, registration and medical records, and rehab. Dr. James’ experience spans Research Medical Center, St. Joseph Hospital in Denver, Colorado, and National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. James earned his medical degree with honors from St. Louis University. He performed his internship and residency training in anatomic and clinical pathology with board certification at the National Naval Medical Center and post-graduate training in cytopathology with board certification at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. James has received his extensive leadership development training with the United States Navy and with positions of increasing responsibility in both for profit and not for profit organizations.

Dr. James is active in civic and regional economic development initiatives. In addition to his role as Chair of the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute (KCALSI), Dr. James is also Champion of the Growing Kansas City’s Medical Research Big 5 initiative for the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. In 2013, he joined the board of the St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce.