James. B. Wolfe, Jr., MD, a board-certified Otolaryngologist from Springfield, Missouri, will serve as President of the Missouri State Medical Association in 2013-2014. He was formally installed in Kansas City, April 6, 2013, during the MSMA’s 155th Annual Convention.
Goals for MSMA during his tenure as President are:
· Identifying and pursuing policies to attract young physicians.
· Exploring policies to address the present and future challenges that the House of Medicine is facing.
· Ensuring that the quality of medical care to our Missouri patients continues to remain the highest quality.
Dr. Wolfe was born in Hampton, Iowa, and grew up in Clear Lake and Des Moines, Iowa. He received his medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine in 1970. He completed his post-graduate internship at the William Beaumont General Hospital at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas.
His Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery residency at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington D.C included a year of general surgery at the Silas B. Hayes Army Hospital at Fort Ord, California.
His military experience after his surgical training was completed in 1977 as Otolaryngology Department Head at the Letterman Medical Center in San Francisco, California.
Dr. Wolfe has practiced in Springfield, Missouri, for thirty-three years, and is on the medical staff of Cox Hospital there.
In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Wolfe has been long active in organized medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the Missouri Ear, Nose and Throat Association, and has been a member of the Missouri State Medical Association since 1977. Dr. Wolfe has remained very active in the Greene County Medical Society as well.
For much of this time he has served in numerous positions for his local and specialty societies, including serving on the MSMA Council since 1995, as well as President of the Greene County Medical Society. He has served on the Board of Governors, and as a Legislative Liaison to the American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery.
Dr. Wolfe and his wife, Jana, have been married 17 years, and have six children between them.
An aviator by hobby, he has had his private pilot’s license since 1985.