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James Francis Hammel, M.D., M.A., M.Sc. (Oxon), F.A.P.A., was born on the West Coast and was valedictorian of Jesuit High School and an Eagle Scout. He received his pre-medical education at Stanford University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and with bachelor's and master's degrees in Psychology. He earned his M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School, including serving as the Head Resident Advisor at Harvard's medical student dormitory, working as coordinator of Harvard's pediatric hospice service, and being named the Association of American Medical College's first Nickens Scholar. At the end of medical school, he was a US-UK Fulbright Scholar at Oxford University, where he received an additional graduate degree (Master's of Science in Medical Sciences, By Research).
Doctor Hammel completed his Internship at Stanford and Residency at Harvard, where he was Chief Resident. He is fellowship-trained in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry from Mount Sinai in New York City. Prior to starting his psychiatry private practice in Seattle, Dr. Hammel worked as an outpatient and consultation-liaison psychiatrist in private practice, clinics, and hospitals on both sides of the country. Dr. Hammel is medically licensed in Washington, Oregon, Arizona, New York, and Massachusetts. Dr. Hammel is available as a psychiatric expert witness on legal matters in all of those states.
Bilingual in English and Spanish, Dr. Hammel has won awards from the Association of American Medical Colleges (Nickens Scholar), the Society for Liaison Psychiatry, the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine (Webb Fellow), and Harvard Medical School. He has conducted research internationally and authored several peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He has been an Assistant Professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, and the Western University of Health Sciences.