J. James Rohack

J. James Rohack

The William R. Courtney Centennial Endowed Chair in Medical Humanities

Professor of Medicine and Humanities

Education and Training

University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston
MD, 1986

University of Texas at El Paso
BS, Psychology, 1976


1980-81 Internship Internal Medicine, UTMB Hospitals

1981-83 Residency Internal Medicine, UTMB Hospitals

1983-84 Chief Resident Internal Medicine, UTMB Hospitals

1984-86 Clinical Fellow, Cardiology, UTMB Hospitals

Fall 1997 Advanced Trainning Program in Intermountain Health Care Delivery Improvement

Board Certification

1983-Lifetime - American Board of Internal Medicine

1987-Lifetime - Sub-specialty Board in Cardiovascular Disease


Texas F-7113, expires February 2015

Research Interests

  • Healthcare financing and delivery
  • Ethics of healthcare


Rohack served as the 164th president of the American Medical Association in 2009-2010 being the face of the AMA during the national debate on American healthcare reform. He has served as president of the Texas Medical Association, treasurer of the Board of Commissioners of the Joint Commission, chaired the National Advisory Council to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, was one of the principals of the Hospital Quality Alliance and a member of the National Priorities Partnership. He is currently serving as co-chair of the Steering Committee of the Texas Care Alliance, serves on the executive committee of the national High Value Health Care Collaborative and chairs the AMA Professional Satisfaction and Practice Sustainability Committee. He has been recognized as one of the 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare, the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare, America’s Top Physicians, America’s Top Cardiologist, Texas Monthly Super Doctor as well as being a Distinguished Alumnus from the University of Texas at El Paso and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

Recent Publications

  • Dieckert JP, Rohack JJ. Chapter 26 Driving STEEP Care through an owned and operated health plan. In Ballard D, ed. Achieving STEEP Health Care. New York: Productivity Press; 2013: 209-216.
  • Gooch G, Rohack J, Finley M. The lesson from Sorrell: educate, don't legislate. Health Matrix Journal of Medicine. 2013; 23(1):237-277.
  • Reddy S, Finley M, Alloju S, Rohack J. Combating childhood obesity with a multiprong attack. Tex Med. 2012; 108(6): e1-8.
  • Reddy S, Finley M, Posey D, Rohack J. Expanding medicaid managed care: the right choice for Texas? Southern Med J. 2012; 105(12):545-50
  • Pope B, Deshmukh A, Johnson A, Rohack J. Dynamic information-based incentives: preventive behaviors for coronary heart disease, medical decision making (submitted). 2012.