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


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 (2015)

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



A Twist on Oliver: Ten Lessons to Transform Healthcare Performance (with Karl Manrodt, Gerald R. Ledlow, Richard Wilding, and Christopher A. Boone), Journal of Global Business & Technology (2014)

Healthcare costs worldwide continue to increase at an alarming rate. Within healthcare, supply chain costs...


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...



The Use and Role of Open Source Software Applications in Public and Not-for-profit Hospitals in the United States (with Joshua R. Vest), Health Care Management Review (2013)

Background: The potential cost savings and customizability of open source software (OSS) may be...


Book Chapter Publication


Childhood Asthma in Georgia (with Hani Samawi, Gerald R. Ledlow, and Ren Chunfeng), Child and Adolescent Health Issues: A Tribute to the Pediatrician Donald E. Greydanus (2015)

This book is dedicated to professor Greydanus as he enters the septuagenarian decade of his...



Strategic Planning in Public Health (with Gerald R. Ledlow), Public Health Administration (2014)

Under the direction of new lead editors, Leiyu Shi and James A. Johnson, the new...



Childhood Asthma in Georgia: Comparison against the Nation (with Hani Samawi, Gerald R. Ledlow, and Ren Chunfeng), Public Health Yearbook 2013 (2013)


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)

Referred Monographs

Poster Presentations

Exploratory Review of Terminated Veteran Affairs Health System and Medical Center Executives (with C. Lieneck and S. Collins), Associated University Programs in Healthcare Administration Meeting (2015)

JPHCOPH Faculty Assessment System: Reporting Student Learning Outcomes (with Gerald Ledlow), 2015 Associated University Programs in Healthcare Administration Meeting (2015)

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

Hospital Acquired Conditions: Tying Outcomes to Value Based Care, Hospital Acquired Conditions Conference (2015)

Healthcare Reform in the United States: The Affordable Care Act, School of Medicine, Mercer University (2015)

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)