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Dustin James, MA, CCRP

Dustin James, MA, CCRP

  • Administrative Director


Dustin James, a native of Jackson, TN, is a distinguished professional with a background in forensic and medical anthropology. He earned his bachelor’s degree in forensic anthropology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where his focus on forensic criminal investigation methodology laid the foundation for his academic journey.

Following the completion of his master’s degree in medical anthropology from the University of Memphis, Dustin embarked on a multifaceted career representing his commitment to education and healthcare. He started as an adjunct faculty member at Christian Brothers University, contributing to the creation of a minor program in public health. He also served as the coordinator for the NIH Minority Health International Research Training Program, facilitating international research training opportunities for minority students across South America, East Africa, East Asia and the Caribbean.

Dustin's dedication to improving healthcare access and understanding community perceptions led him to conduct research in rural Eastern Uganda. This valuable experience shaped his role as the executive director of the Mid-South AIDS Fund, a nonprofit organization focused on HIV prevention. In 2013, Dustin joined St. Jude as a clinical research associate in the Hematology Program, making a substantial impact on studies related to sickle cell disease, hemophilia, and bleeding and clotting disorders.

In 2016, he transitioned to the Department of Global Pediatric Medicine where he started as a program coordinator. His journey to administrative director at St. Jude reflects his dedication to advancing pediatric medicine on a global scale.