James Fabiszak

I loved growing up as the youngest of three outside Chicago, because I had the freedom to explore and get away with things my siblings couldn’t. Not being able to sit still, I spent a large chunk of time outside playing sports and in nature as a Boy Scout. Working on a team and serving my community carved out my career interests and shaped my pursuit of medicine. I attended Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri for undergrad, where I was a member of the Micah Program, a service and social justice learning community. At SLU, I solidified my desire of working with marginalised and underserved communities.

As an undergraduate, I studied abroad in Gold Coast, Australia, where I was quickly sold on Australia’s culture and sense of community. This experience lead me to attend The University of Queensland in Brisbane for medical school. Highlights included working in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities with The Royal Flying Doctor Service, learning from physicians and researching how climate change affects our health, and of course the surf, diving the reef, and sailing to islands on the Queensland coastline.

UQ’s emphasis on patient-centered healthcare and focus on preventative medicine inspired me to ultimately pursue family medicine. I also rotated at Ochsner Health in New Orleans, bringing me back stateside to continue my training.

My career interests include full-spectrum and low-resource medicine, global health, palliative care, wilderness medicine, and public health, which makes the Alaska Family Medicine the perfect fit for me. Outside the clinic, I enjoy all things outdoors especially hiking, camping, lacrosse, surfing, sailing, and coffee with good reads or friends.