Dr. D.G. James, MD, FRCP
Dr. David Geraint James was born on January 2, 1922 in Treherbert, Wales. He was educated at Jesus College, Cambridge and Middlesex Hospital Medical School, London. His medical training took place at Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith, London and College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York. He was Lecturer in Medicine at University College Hospital Medical School, London. His distinguished career included the outstanding Deanship of the Royal Northern Hospital, his Presidency of most of London’s Medical Societies, his world acclaimed contributions in to the field of sarcoidosis, and his numerous services to the history of medicine. In 1953 Dr James spearheaded the multidisciplinary Sarcoidosis clinic, the first of its kind anywhere, at the Royal Northern Hospital London. He was the founder President of World Society of Sarcoidosis and other Granulomatous Disorders (WASOG) and Editor-in-Chief of Sarcoidosis, Vasculitis and Diffuse Lung Diseases, a journal devoted to sarcoidosis. In 1987 the journal published a festschrift to honour him. Gerry’s contribution(s) to the field of sarcoidosis have been enormous; he has written many books and more than 600 papers. It is no exaggeration to say that if we had not had Dr D G James leading the sarcoidosis movement, we would certainly have had to invent him!