Pond Creek native inducted in to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame

May 25, 2023 | Featured|Headlines

OKLAHOMA CITY —  Pond Creek native Judith James, M.D. is one of eight inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Class of 2023 today in Oklahoma City.

Founded in 1927, the Oklahoma Hall of Fame preserves Oklahoma’s heritage by telling Oklahoma’s story through its people. The organization was created to honor exceptional Oklahomans and provide educational opportunities for students of all ages. 

James is an internationally-recognized physician and scientist, and Executive Vice President at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.

Dr. Judith James

She is a fifth-generation Oklahoman who has dedicated her career to understanding autoimmune diseases and improving the health of Oklahomans. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma Baptist University and was the first M.D./Ph.D. dual degree program graduate from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC).

A board-certified rheumatologist, James has made seminal contributions to understanding how autoimmune diseases start and progress. She has published over 330 articles and is the principal investigator for numerous National Institutes of Health-funded grants. 

She leads national consortia focused on finding better directed therapies for autoimmune disease patients. As Associate Vice Provost for Clinical and Translational Science at OUHSC, James leads the NIH-funded Oklahoma Shared Clinical and Translational Resources, bringing together 29 Oklahoma entities focused on improving health outcomes for our citizens. She has had over 150 trainees in her lab, training rural students and tribal members. James still practices rheumatology, focusing on lupus and related rheumatic conditions.

Her numerous awards and recognitions include the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the Lupus Foundation of America’s Evelyn V. Hess Award, and the Stanley J. Korsmeyer Award from the American Society for Clinical Investigation. An elected member of the Association of American Physicians, in 2022 she became the first Oklahoma woman elected to the National Academy of Medicine, one of the highest honors bestowed in the field.

Others inducted into the Hall of Fame today are: 

Retired Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Dwight Adams, Edmond; John A. “Rocky” Barrett Jr., Shawnee; Bill Lance, Sulphur; J. Mays, Maysville; 1968 Olympic medalist, Madeline Manning Mims, Tulsa; Barry Pollard, M.D. Waukomis, and Mary Golda Ross, Park Hill.