James Clarke, MD, FACS

James Clarke, MD, FACSFunction in the Hospital:  James Clarke, MD, FACS and Mike Reid are the leadership dyad of the EMMC Medical Group. This group currently includes more than 575 providers across the entire spectrum of medical specialties. As the physician leader of the EMMC Medical Group, Dr. Clarke is responsible for clinical and financial performance, quality, and strategic development.

Background: Dr.  Clarke was born and raised in New York City. He graduated from Philips Exeter Academy, Princeton University, and Weill Cornell Medical School. At Princeton, he majored in music while completing his pre-med requirements and was captain of the swimming team. At Cornell he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. After medical school, Dr. Clarke trained in general surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. After completing his training at New York Presbyterian, Dr. Clarke stayed on the faculty at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, building a general surgical practice and teaching medical students and residents. He received teaching awards from the medical school and the residency programs. He was part of the New York Presbyterian Ethics Committee from its beginning in 1994.

Eastern Maine Medical Center: Dr. Clarke moved to Bangor with his family in 2009, joining Northeast Surgery at Eastern Maine Medical Center. He continued his general surgical practice with particular interest in the surgical treatment of breast cancer and Crohn’s disease. He joined the medical ethics community at EMMC, serving as co-chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee with Dr. Jim Van Kirk for several years. In 2014, Dr. Clarke was asked to be Chief of Surgery. In 2018, he assumed this new role as Senior Vice President of Eastern Maine Medical Center and Senior Physician Executive of the EMMC Medical Group.

Personal: Dr. Clarke feels blessed to be married to C. Chandler A. Clarke for 36 years; they are proud of their five children. The children are spread out across the country, but the youngest remains in Maine in college. They enjoy hiking, cross country skiing, and gardening.

Guiding Principles: “I am very proud to lead this dedicated medical group. We aim to serve our region as the leaders of a comprehensive tertiary medical center. We focus our efforts on providing great healthcare, consisting of high quality and superb value care which is patient-centered, outcome-focused, and safe.”