James Rourke, MD, CCFP(EM), MClinSc is professor emeritus at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he previously served as dean of Medicine from 2004-2016 and professor of Family Medicine. He was chair of the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) and thus a member of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). He is SRPC co-chair of the Rural Roadmap Implementation Committee, a collaborative effort led by The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC); and a board member for Team Broken Earth, a humanitarian medical organization.
Dr. Rourke earned his MD and Master of Clinical Science (Family Medicine) degrees from the University of Western Ontario, where he also completed his family medicine training. He is certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada in family medicine and emergency medicine. Dr. Rourke was an active rural family physician (including obstetrics and emergency work) in Goderich, Ontario for 25 years. He is a recognized provincial, national and international leader in rural medicine and medical education with over 120 publications.