Matthew James joins SEARHC medical staff in Sitka

April 23 2012

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) S’áxt’ Hít Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital is pleased to announce the addition of Matthew T. James, PA-C, to its medical staff as a physician assistant.

Matthew will work in urgent care and the emergency room. Matthew earned his physician assistant credential through the University of Washington School of Medicine/MEDEX program in Seattle.

“We are very pleased to have Matthew joining the Mt. Edgecumbe staff,” said Dr. Marty Grasmeder, MD, S’áxt’ Hít Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital Administrator/Medical Director. “In addition to his physician assistant experience in Fairbanks, he brings significant skills and knowledge from his EMS experience. We welcome Matthew and his family to Sitka.”

Before joining SEARHC, Matthew spent a year with the Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center in Fairbanks and did two locums stints with the Pine Ridge Lakota Indian Health Service Hospital in Pine Ridge, S.D. Prior to going to school to become a physician assistant, Matthew was a paramedic with the New York City Fire Department (1996-2003) and a firefighter/paramedic with Sheridan Fire Rescue in Sheridan, Wyo. (2003-06).

Matthew’s medical interests include metabolic syndrome and Type 2 diabetes mellitus, as well as cross-cultural issues as they may affect medicine. He also enjoys flyfishing and European football (soccer), specifically all things Tottenham Hotspur (a team in the English Premier League).

“I consider this opportunity to live in a place like Sitka, serving the Native community, to be a dream come true,” Matthew said.