Duke University, Bachelor of Science in Zoology/Psychology, 1989
Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University, 1994
Family Practice Residency, Riverside Family Practice, Newport News, Virginia
Rural Medicine Fellowship, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee, 1997-1998. Emphasis on procedures including colonoscopy, EGD, stress testing, colposcopy, vasectomy, pulmonary function testing, and fine needle aspiration
Professional Society Memberships
American Academy of Family Physicians, Virginia Academy of Family Physicians, Richmond Academy of Medicine
Hiking, camping, skiing, travel, movies, reading
Midlothian, Virginia, with his wife Anna and their three sons
Dr. James F. Bampton spent his early medical career in public service working in rural medicine—first through a rural medicine fellowship with East Tennessee State University and then with the Indian Health Service in Gallup, New Mexico.
When it comes to rural medicine, physicians need to work with what they have and “do it all.” With a focus on family medicine, Dr. Bampton treated newborns to the elderly (and everyone in between, many of whom were in the same family).
Dr. Bampton loved providing care for entire communities and earning the locals’ trust. The experience had a huge impact on him, especially the thing he liked most: building personal, trusting, long-term relationships with patients and their families.
Dr. Bampton returned to Virginia in 2005 and joined a private practice. Over the course of 13 years, traditional primary care continued to change, becoming even more removed from Dr. Bampton’s original—and preferred—experience in family medicine. Dr. Bampton longed for the days when he could really get to know each patient. This is what ultimately brought him to PartnerMD.
“In a traditional practice, I was always running behind because I made time to talk with my patients. I like people and getting to know them helps me to better serve their medical needs,” Dr. Bampton explains. “I get to understand their lives, and where they’re coming from. I learn their motives and the big things that matter to them. And this provides me with important context. I want time to concentrate on each individual, and this is exactly what PartnerMD allows me to do. This makes it easier to ‘follow trails’ and find out what’s really going on with a person’s health.”
Regarding his educational background, Dr. Bampton received his medical degree from Medical College of Virginia in 1994. He completed his family practice residency at Riverside Family Practice in Newport News, Virginia. Board certified in family medicine, Dr. Bampton has also completed a fellowship specializing in office procedures and colonoscopy.
Today, he makes his home in Midlothian, Virginia, with his wife Anna, who is an associate professor of engineering at John Tyler Community College. They have three boys. Outside the office, Dr. Bampton enjoys hiking, camping, and movies—and he often dreams of traveling out west again.