James Giles, MB ChB (Hons) PhD MRCP
Home Town: London, UK
Medical School: The University of Manchester, UK
Residency: Washington University School of Medicine
When did you first become interested in Neurology?
I became interested during my second year of medical school in Manchester. We had an integrated curriculum where I was able to learn neuroscience alongside clinical neurology. I remember in particular learning about carbidopa/levodopa from a movement disorders attending who was accompanied to the lecture by a Parkinson’s disease patient.
How did you become interested in Vascular Neurology?
I did my PhD in the acute neuro-immunology of stroke. When I came to residency, I enjoyed the team-based inpatient care that stroke demands, and the fast-paced nature and high clinical volume of the inpatient service. There is also good integration with other medical specialties in the outpatient setting, where the goal is to reduce the risk of recurrent stroke.
What attracted you to Washington University for fellowship training?
I did my residency at Washington University, so I knew well the huge strengths of the program. I’m lucky to work with outstanding faculty with diverse interests across the spectrum of stroke including ER medicine, rehabilitation, imaging and public health.
What are your research interests?
I have had varied exposure to research over my training. My PhD was in translational neuroscience. I am increasingly interested in clinical and public health research. I also have participated in research in medical education, particularly the sociocultural theory of peer-assisted learning.
In what direction is your future headed?
I want to stay in academic neurology. I enjoy the combination of clinical practice, education and research that this setting affords.
What is one fun fact about yourself?
Since I moved to Missouri, I have officiated a wedding - something I never imagined I would do.