Dr. James Stephens has twenty-five years of healthcare corporate executive career
experience, including eighteen years as a president and CEO for large medical centers and
health systems. He is a professional educator with a strong application of business
knowledge and higher education teaching experience focused in the development of an
integrated educational process for both Masters and Doctoral level students. His teaching
philosophy is to facilitate a learning environment where critical thinking occurs, to
create stimulation of new information to gain different insights, and to obtain
intellectual competence. Dr. Stephens is a Board Certified Healthcare Executive and a
Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. 

Refereed Publications and Proceedings

Leadership in Practices, Leadership for Health Professions (2014)


Real Healthcare Reform: Focus on Primary Care Access (with Gerald Ledlow), The Economics of Healthcare (Republished Article) (2014)

Primary care coverage for the uninsured is the first necessary step to reform and can...



Childhood Asthma in Georgia: Comparison Against the Nation (with Gerald R. Ledlow and Hani M. Samawi), International Public Health Journal (2013)

This article investigates the childhood asthma in Georgia compared with the combined data of the...



The Influence of Race on End-of-Life Choices Following a Counselor-Based Palliative Consultation (with Kathleen Benton, Robert Vogel, Gerald Ledlow, Richard Ackermann, Carol Babcock, and Georgia McCook), American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine (2013)

Black Americans are more likely than whites to choose aggressive medical care at the end...



Disparities of Childhood Limited Abilities and Special Health Care Needs in Georgia Compared with Other States (with Gerald R. Ledlow and H. W. Samawari), Journal of International Public Health (2012)

Book Chapter Publication


Strategic Planning and Leadership (with Gerald R. Ledlow), Public Health Administration: Principles for Population-Based Management (2013)


The Health System of the Russian Federation (with A. Sergeev and E. Plantova), Comparative Health Systems: Global Perspectives for the 21st Century (2009)


Decision Making and Communication, Organizational Theory, Behavior and Development (2008)

Referred Monographs

Poster Presentations

Evaluation of Drive Alive: A Program to Increase Seat Belt Use Among High Risk Teens in Rural Georgia (with Katie Burkett), Jiann-Pinn Hsu College of Public Health Capestone Research Forum,Statesboro, Georgia (2009)

Developing a New Master of Healthcare Administration Program (with Gerald Ledlow and Renee Hotchkiss), Associated University Programs in Healthcare Administration Meeting, Chicago, Illinios (2009)

Fostering Collaboration: An Internal Communications Survey in a Regional Community Hospital (with M. Walker, K. Chester, H. Hulsey, and J. Atkins), Georgia Rural Health Association, Young Harris, Georgia (2008)

Scholarly Presentations

Healthcare Reform in the United States: The Affordable Care Act, School of Medicine, Mercer University (2014)

Measuring Compatibility Gaps in Strategic Relationships (with Gerald R. Ledlow and K. B. Manrodt), Global Business and Technology Association, New York, New York (2012)

Healthcare Reform in the United States, Phi Delta Epsilon-Georgia Gamma Chapter, Gelland Lecture Keynote Speaker, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia (2011)

Chief Executive Officer Succession Planning in United States Hospitals/Berkeley, California (with Gerald R. Ledlow and Bernard J. Kerr), International Conference on Health, Wellness and Society, University of California, Berkeley, California (2011)


Childhood Asthma in Georgia: Comparison with the Other States Together (with Gerald R. Ledlow and Hani M. Samawi), 138th APHA Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado (2010)

Objective:This article investigates the childhood asthma in Georgia comparing with the other states together based...