Clinical Asst Prof
Odana Atrium (Madison)
James Bigham grew up in Shorewood, WI (Milwaukee suburb). He originally moved to Madison in 1999 to attend the University of Wisconsin – Madison where he received degrees in Zoology and Religious Studies. James subsequently attended the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health where he received his MD. Following graduation from medical school, he enrolled in the UW Master of Public Health program to focus on Global Health. This interest was piqued during his first year of medical school when he went on his first of seven trips to Kenya to work with women and children affected by HIV/AIDS. Returning to the poverty of Nairobi’s slums year after year, James witnessed the powerful and unfortunate link between socioeconomic status and wellness. In response to the disheartening reality that the world’s resources have not been evenly distributed, he set to work with a group of friends in 2007 to found a non-profit organization called Hope United (www.hope-united.org). Hope United imports and fairly sells goods made by women living in the slums surrounding Nairobi in an effort to raise funds to alleviate the impact of poverty. During his time in Kenya, James also learned the importance of creating authentic partnerships with his patients and the important role of the physician in assisting patients to take responsibility for their personal health. In his spare time, James enjoys international travel, wilderness backpacking, and cross-country skiing. In addition, James has set a lifelong goal to visit all of the ballparks in Major League Baseball. To date he has made it to over two-thirds of the 30 stadiums around the US. Closer to home, his interests include gardening, cooking, and reading.