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James Turner, DO

James M. Turner, DO, MPH – Retired Dean, William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Hattiesburg, MS

Topic: Prevention of Medical Errors (FL licensure requirement)
Disclosures:  None

Medical School:  Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1988
Internship:  Metropolitan General Hospital, Pinellas Park, FL, 1989
Residency:  Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach, FL, Chief Resident, 2004
Board Certifications:  AOBFP, AOBEM

BIO:  Dr. Turner serves as a consultant and Board member for several national organizations. In 2019, he retired as the Dean of the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He joined the faculty at WCUCOM in June 2010, and as the Associate Dean, Clinical Science before becoming the Dean. He has been active in establishing residency programs and was the founding Program Director for the EM program in Charleston, WV. 

Dr. Turner graduated from Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1988.  He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine from Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami, Florida and completed his BS degree at Georgia Southwestern College in Americus, Georgia.  He completed his MPH from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2014.

He received his Fellow from the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians in 1998 and the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Medicine (ACOEP) in 2008. In 2017, Dr. Turner was recognized by the ACOEP as a Distinguished Fellow. 

He has worked as an Osteopathic Family Physician and Emergency Physician in Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina, and West Virginia.  

He is a past president of the Tennessee Osteopathic Medical Association, a past board member of the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Osteopathic Medical Association. He is a commissioner for the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation, an inspector for the American Osteopathic Association for, medical colleges and emergency medicine residencies.

He is married to Dr. Sherry Turner DO who was the founding program director and Designated Institutional Official for the graduate medical education programs at Merit Health Wesley in Hattiesburg, MS. They have one daughter who lives in Pittsburg, PA and two grandsons that they like to visit often.  

Dr. Turner’s work has been recognized when he received the Alton B. Cobb Outstanding Master of Public Health Award in 2013, Mississippi Healthcare Hero’s award in 2016, and a Doctor of Science, honoree degree from William Carey University in 2016. Most recently, William Carey University honored his wife, Sherry, and him by naming the Turner Academic Building after them in recognition of their service to the university.