Dr. Dorsha James, M.D. has known since childhood she wanted to be a physician. Affectionately referred to as “Dr. Dorsha”, for the past decade she has diligently worked to educate and treat people who don’t feel well. Dr. Dorsha was born in Pontiac, MI and graduated from Columbia Central High School in 1995 after relocating from Michigan in 1994. She earned a full academic scholarship to attend The University of Memphis, graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. During her years at the University of Memphis, she was involved in numerous student organizations including being initiated into Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.
Dr. Dorsha took time off between her collegiate and graduate careers to work in the “real world” as a pharmacy technician and patient registration clerk in the same ER that she would work as a physician later. She matriculated to the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University where she was graduated Magna Cum Laude. While in medical school, she excelled in scholarship and leadership which is evidenced by her election as class president and the reception of numerous scholarships and awards. She was inducted into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, reserved for physicians who have excelled not only in academics, but those who bring compassion and service the practice of medicine. In 2005, she became the first African American female to match into the competitive Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Dr. Dorsha has worked as an attending physician in and around the Nashville Metropolitan area serving in the roles of the Emergency Department Assistant Medical Director and Medical Director. This was in addition to serving on multiple committees at various levels of hospital administration. Her career has taken her to very diverse areas including rural areas of TN and KY and busy metropolitan areas where she delivers expert and compassionate care to a multi-ethnic community with many language and socio-economic barriers. She is quoted as saying that she is “multi-lingual” as she has had to hone her people skills and her ability to explain complex conditions in a simple, easy-to-understand manner to patients with various socio-economic, cultural and educational backgrounds.
In 2018, she co-founded myURGENCYMD, a telehealth company that offers members 24/7 virtual urgent care with a licensed physician via video chat, phone, or email as well as access to Master’s Level therapists and other time and cost-saving benefits. She has worked diligently to educate the general population on how to use the modern concept of telemedicine thereby giving individuals the opportunity to receive the medical answers they seek in the privacy of their home. She is co-owner of Solutions Now, Incorporated with her wife Judge Rachel Bell.
Dr. Dorsha is also devoted to giving back to her community and spends the majority of her off time serving those in need. She has served on Executive Boards for non-profit and for-profit organizations and served as Chair of the Board of the The FIND Design for two years. She is also President of the Board of Directors for The Ring the Bell Foundation.
She holds or has held membership in multiple organizations including the American Medical Student Association, Emergency Medicine Residents Association, National Medical Association, American Medical Association, Society of Academic Emergency Medicine, American College of Emergency Physicians, American Academy of Emergency Physicians, CABLE, Women in Numbers, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, and has served as team captain for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk.
She has been happily married to her wife, Judge Rachel L. Bell, since February 2017.
I had the amazing opportunity to sit down with Dr. Dorsha, check it out here: