About James Kimber
Kimber grew up in Long Beach, California where he graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. Shortly after high school he joined the United State Navy entering Basic Training at the former San Diego Recruit Training Command. Following boot camp, he began his career in Navy Medicine at the Naval School of Health Sciences in San Diego, California as a Hospital Corpsman. Kimber's father and grandfather were both Navy doctors during World War II.
After graduating from Basic Hospital Corpsman School, Kimber served tours onboard USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) and USS GUADALCANAL (LPH 7). While onboard USS EISENHOWER Kimber earned his Aviation Warfare Specialist designation and while onboard USS GUADALCANAL he earned his Surface Warfare Specialist designation. Following his two sea tours and multiple deployments, Kimber returned to the Naval School of Health Sciences in San Diego where he attended Independent Duty Corpsman School. After graduation, Kimber was assigned as the Senior Medical Representative onboard USS REID (FFG 30). The REID had a crew of over 200 members with no physician. Kimber was the ship's only medical representative and he deployed three times while onboard USS REID. On his first deployment, Kimber saved the life of a critically ill sailor earning him the Meritorious Service Award from the San Diego Chamber of Commerce and was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal by Vice Admiral Robinson. After his tour onboard USS REID had concluded, Kimber reported for duty at Camp Pendleton where he taught "Medical Management of Chemical and Biological Casualties". During his tour at Pendleton Kimber earned his Mater Training Specialist Designation. Kimber's final tour of duty was onboard USS ELLIOT (DD 967) as the Senior Medical Representative for a crew of more than 450 men and women. Kimber's final deployment came in October of 2001 following the attacks of 9/11. USS ELLIOT was deployed to the Arabian Gulf where they intercepted multiple vessels carrying suspected terrorists attempting to flee out of Pakistan to safe harbor in Yemen. Kimber retired as a Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman and received more than a dozen personal awards and decorations for his service. During his career he also managed to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree from George Washington University. For a complete military biography click here.
Following his retirement from the U.S. Navy, Kimber entered into the Physician Assistant Program at Stanford University School of Medicine. Upon graduation and National Board Certification, Kimber began a residency in Neurosurgery earning Medical Staff privileges at six trauma centers throughout the San Diego County. Following his residency, Kimber joined the Southern California Institute of Neurological Surgery in Escondido, California where he practices today. Kimber is on Medical Staff at Palomar Medical Center, Pomerado Hospital, Tri-City Medical Center and Sharp Memorial Hospital.
Education is a key issue for Kimber and several years ago he began mentoring Pre-Health Career students from the local universities. The mentoring project grew so big Kimber designed a website to help students interested in a career as a Health Care Professional find a mentor. The website was originally designed to help out students in the San Diego County but after an overwhelming response it was then developed for use by students and mentors throughout the United States. Not long after that development, the website expanded again and now is used by students and mentors in Canada, Australia and Germany. Currently Kimber is working with a local university to develop a Physician Assistant Program to serve San Diego County students trying to pursue a career as a health care professional.
Kimber is an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, California Academy of Physician Assistants, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Route 78 Rotary Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars and The American Legion.