Jim Shames

last updated 4/16/2018

Jim Shames

Medical Director at Siskiyou Community Health Center

1701 NW Hawthorne Ave, Grants Pass, Oregon, United States
HQ Phone:
(541) 471-3455

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Training and Technical Assistance Center

Medical Director - Jackson County Library Services

Health Officer, Jackson County Health and Human Services, In-kind Project Director - Jefferson Regional Health Alliance



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About - Siskiyou Community Health Center

Dr. Jim Shames came from Multnomah County Health Department to train local volunteers.
His plan was to only stay for a few months, but he ended up moving to the valley and served as SCHC's Medical Director until 2003.

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Jefferson Regional Health Alliance

Jim Shames M.D.
Health Officer Jackson County Health & Human Services In-kind Project Director Jim Shames is a family practice physician who has practiced medicine in Southern Oregon for the past 40 years. He started his career at the Takilma People's Clinic in Josephine County and became the Medical Director of the Siskiyou Community Health Center (SCHC) when the clinic became an FQHC. He has provided health care in Josephine County at the SCHC, Josephine County Public Health, and the Josephine County Jail. Since moving to Ashland in 1989 Dr. Shames has worked at La Clinica, the Jackson County Jail, Allied (providing medication assisted treatment to individuals with opioid substance abuse), and for the past 10 years he has served as the Medical Director for Jackson County Health and Human Services. He is board certified in Family Practice as well as Addiction Medicine. In addition to his public health work he is also currently the Medical Director at both Allied and the Addiction Recovery Center and is a consultant for On Track.

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They Couldn't Win for Losing - Until... - Northwest Regional Primary Care Association

From the CHC's inception in the 1970s, Dr. Jim Shames served many years as CMO.
He left Siskiyou CHC at the height of Oregon's opioid prescribing, but he didn't forget about the problem. Convinced the rise of opioid prescribing for pain required monitoring and a concerted effort among healthcare providers to understand and address it, Shames was instrumental in helping to develop the Oregon Pain Guidance (OPG).

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