Jim-BaileyJim Bailey is a fellow in the American College of Physicians and professor of medicine and preventive medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, where he directs the Center for Health Systems Improvement, cares for the sick, and teaches doctors in training. His research appears in many peer-reviewed medical journals, including JAMA, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and Annals of Internal Medicine. Dr. Bailey has an abiding passion for the classics, medical history, and ethics, and believes that sharing our stories can heal. This is his first novel.

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  1. Graetz I, Kaplan CM, Kaplan EK, Bailey JE, Waters TM. The U.S. Health Insurance Marketplace: Are Premiums Truly Affordable? Ann Intern Med. 2014 Sep 9. doi: 10.7326/M14-0757. [Epub ahead of print].
  2. Melton C, Graff C, Holmes GN, Brown L, Bailey J. Health literacy and asthma management among African-American adults: an interpretative phenomenological analysis. J Asthma. 2014 Apr 9. [epub ahead of print]
  3. Ahn S, Smith ML, Cho J, Bailey JE, Ory MG. Hypertension awareness and associated factors among older Chinese adults. Frontiers in Public Health. 2013;1(67):1-7,doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2013.00067
  4. Thorn SA, Carter MA, Bailey JE. Emergency physicians’ perspectives on the usability of health information exchange. Annals of Emergency Medicine. 2013 Oct 22. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2013.09.024. [Epub ahead of print]
  5. Shirneshan E, Bailey J, Relyea G, Franklin BE, Solomon DK, Brown LM.  Incremental direct medical expenditures associated with anxiety disorders for the U.S. adult population: Evidence from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. Journal of Anxiety Disorders. 2013;27:720-727.
  6. Bailey JE, Pope RA, Elliott E, Wan JY, Waters TM, Frisse ME.   Health information exchange reduces repeat diagnostic imaging for back pain.  Annals of Emergency Medicine. 2013;vol:(doi:10.1016/j.annemergmed.2006.09.019).
  7. Bailey JE, Wan JY, Mabry LM, Landy SH, PopeRA, Waters TM, Frisse ME.  Does health information exchange reduce unnecessary neuroimaging and improve quality of headache care in the emergency department?  J Gen Intern Med, 2013;28(2):176–83.
  8. Bailey JE, Hajjar A, Shoib B, Tang J, Ray M, Wan J.  Risk factors associated with antihypertensive medication nonadherence in a statewide Medicaid population, American Journal of Medical Sciences.  2012 Aug 9. [Epub ahead of print]
  9. Johnson KB, Unerti KM, Chen Q, Lorenzi NM, Nian H, Bailey J, Frisse M. Health information exchange usage in emergency departments and clinics: The who, what and why. JAMIA. 2011 Sep;1;18(5):690-7.
  10. Bailey JE, Wan JY, Tang J, Ghani MA, Cushman WC. Antihypertensive medication adherence, ambulatory visits, and risk of stroke and death. J Gen Intern Med, 2010 Jun;25(6):495-503.
  11. Russell SC, Cutts T, Bailey JE. Consumer evaluation of three online health risk appraisals. Tenn Med, 2008 Jul;101(7):43-7
  12. Tang, J, Wan, JY, and Bailey, JE. Performance of comorbidity measures to predict stroke and death in a community-dwelling, hypertensive medicaid population. Stroke 2008;39:1938-1944.
  13. Hall CJ, Thompson JW, Bailey JE.  Health care reform:  Pediatric elective surgery payer mix and utilization under TennCare managed competition. Tenn Med, 2007 Aug; 100 (8): 41-5
  14. Bailey JE. Sprabery LR.  Inequitable funding may cause health care disparities. Arch Int Med, Vol. 167, June 25, 2007
  15. Bailey JE, Mirvis DM, Key CM, Kyte RL, McCord MJ. HealthCARE principles: a model for healthy city collaboratives.  Prev Chronic Dis 2007 Apr; 4(2): A35. Epub 2007 Mar 15
  16. Connelly SA, Sprabery LR, Bailey JE. Perceived impact of TennCare reform on patients’ health in a medical teaching practice.  Tenn Med, 2006; 99(3):33-6, 42
  17. Bailey JE, Van Brunt DL, Jenkins PH, Somes GW, Dorko CS. Quality of care for HIV and AIDS in Tennessee’s statewide Medicaid managed care system. Am J Med Sci, 2005;328(6):305-314
  18. Womeodu RJ, Graney MJ, Gibson DV, Bailey JE.  Diabetic patient experiences in a Medicaid managed care system. Tenn Med, 2003;465-469
  19. Bailey JE, Van Brunt DL, Raffanti SP, Long WJ, Jenkins PH.  Improvements in access to care for HIV and AIDS in a statewide Medicaid managed care system.  Am J Manag Care. 2003;9(9):595-600
  20. Mirvis DM, Bailey JE, Chang CF.  TennCare – Medicaid managed care in Tennessee in jeopardy.  Am J Manag Care, January 2002;8(1):57-68
  21. Rogers LQ, Bailey JE, Gutin B, Johnson KC, Levine MA, Milan F, Seelig CB, Sherman SE.  Teaching resident physicians to provide exercise counseling: a needs assessment.  Acad Med, 2002;77:841-844
  22. Bailey JE, Womeodu RJ, Wan JY, Van Brunt DL, Somes GW.  Improvements in diabetes management and outcomes in a Medicaid managed care system. Tenn Med, 2001;94(11):425-429
  23. Mirvis DM, Bailey JE.  Commentary:  Justice in health care—a response to Tavistock.  BMJ, 2001;323:619-620
  24. Bailey JE, Van Brunt DL, Mirvis DM, McDaniel S, Spears CR, Chang CF, Schaberg DR.  Academic managed care organizations and adverse selection under Medicaid managed care in Tennessee.  JAMA, 1999;282(11):1067 – 1072
  25. Bailey JE, Bush AJ, Bertram PD, Somes GW.  Physicians’ experiences with Medicaid managed care:  the Tennessee American College of Physicians survey on TennCare. Tenn Med, 1998;91(8)313-316
  26. Chang CF, Kiser LJ, Bailey JE, Martins M, Mirvis DM, Applegate WB.  TennCare Partners:  Tennessee’s failed managed care program for mental health and substance abuse services. JAMA, 1998;279(22):864 – 869
  27. Shorr RI, Johnson KC, Wan JY, Sutton – Tyrrell K, Pahor M, Bailey JE, Applegate WB.  The prognostic significance of asymptomatic carotid bruits in the elderly.  J Gen Int Med, 1998;13:86 – 90
  28. Richey PA, Jones CL, Harshfield GA, Somes GW, Johnson KC, Bailey JE, Soberman JE.  The AM5600 ambulatory blood pressure recording system.  Blood Press Monit, 1997;2(No.3/4):193 – 195
  29. Pahor M, Shorr RI, Somes GW, Cushman WC, Ferrucci L, Bailey JE, Elam JT, Applegate WB.  Diuretic – based treatment and cardiovascular events in patients with mild renal dysfunction enrolled in the Systolic Hypertension in the Elderly Program.  Arch Int Med, 1998;158(12):1340-1345
  30. Bailey JE, Kellermann AL, Somes GW, Banton JG, Rivara FP, Rushforth NB. Risk factors for violent death of women in the home. Arch Int Med, 1997;89(4):122 – 125
  31. Bailey JE, Womeodu RJ.  Prevention in managed care:  obstacles and opportunities. J Tenn Med Assoc, 1996;89(4):122 – 125
  32. Bailey JE, Lee MD, Somes GW, Graham RL.  Risk factors for antihypertensive medication refill failure by patients under Medicaid managed care.  Clin Therap, 1996;18:(6)1252 – 1262
  33. Bailey JE.  Asklepios: ancient hero of medical caring. Ann Int Med, 1996;124(2):257 – 263
  34. Bailey JE, Coombs DW.  Effectiveness of an Indonesian model for rapid training of Guatemalan health workers in diarrhea case management.  J Comm Health    1996;21(4):269 – 276
  35. Bowen J, Patz J, Bailey J, Hansen K.  Dissection of vertebral artery after cervical trauma.  Lancet, 1992;339:435 – 436
  36. Bailey JE.  “Authorship in Don Quixote de la Mancha,” Prize Essays, St. John’s College Press, 1982 – 83
  37. Bailey JE.  “Making much ado about nothing,” Energeia, St. John’s College, in Press, 1982.


  1. Bailey JE.  Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) – Physician Of The Soul. In: Cooper DK, ed. Physicians of Another Calling.  Accepted for publication, University of Delaware Press, June 2012
  2. Womeodu RJ, Bailey JE.  Barriers to Cancer Screening.  In:  Herold AH, Woodard LJ, eds. The Medical Clinics of North America: Cancer Screening and Diagnosis.  Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Company;  80(1):115-133, January 1996

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  1. Mabry LM, Bailey JE.  HIE, Imaging & Appropriate Use: Rads Need to Lead the Charge.  Health Imaging.  Sept. 2012.
  2. Strong C, Bailey J. Cherry-picking patients leaves sour taste. AMA News -Ethics Forum. 2011 Apr 18; 54(8).
  3. Bailey JE.  Does health information technology dehumanize health care?  Virtual Mentor –American Medical Association Journal of Ethics, Mar 2011; 13(3): 181-185.
  4. Noblett S, Bailey J.  What should healthcare look like?  Health and Development, 2010; 30(2):4-7.
  5. Bailey JE.  The case for public reporting, SGIM Forum (Society of General Internal Medicine), 2010 Nov; 33(11):5,10.
  6. Nault JD, Bailey JE.  Health system improvement:  Developing regional capacity across Tennessee.  Tenn Med, 2010 Oct; 103(10):31-3,44.
  7. Bailey J, Cates M and Jain M. “Common Table Update,” Memphis Medical News, October 2008:4. Accessed at: July 15, 2011
  8. Bailey J, Cates M, FitzGerald D and Travis C. “Common Table Update,” Memphis Medical News, November 2008:4. Accessed at: July 15, 2011
  9. Bailey J, and Frazier R.  “Common table update: First private primary care physician quality reports forthcoming”, Memphis Medical News, December 2008:18. Accessed at:  July 15, 2011
  10. Bailey J, and Frazier R.  “Common table update: Help your patients take charge for better health – with a quality checklist,” Memphis Medical News, April 2009:6. Accessed at: July 15, 2011
  11. Bailey JE. Can insurance claims and patient survey data really help us improve quality, Memphis Medical Society Quarterly, 2010 Summer; 13(2):26-7.
  12. Bailey JE, Wan JY, Tang J, Ghani MA, Cushman WC.  Response to letters to the editor regarding “Antihypertensive Medication Adherence, Ambulatory Visits, and Risk of Stroke and Death,” J Gen Intern Med, 2010; 25(8):764.
  13. Bailey JE.  From a doctor’s point of view: making billing better, for better care, The Users’ Guide to the Health Reform Galaxy, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation health reform blog, published May 5, 2010, accessed May 7, 2010.
  14. Bailey JE.  A Memphis Rx:  A physician’s thoughts on what Santa should bring us in the form of health-care reform.  The Memphis Flyer, December 17, 2009.  Accessed at 1/25/11.
  15. Bailey JE. Memphis Health Care is reaching beyond its walls to improve breast cancer screening, Memphis Medical Society Quarterly, 2009 Summer; 12(2).
  16. Bailey JE. Building a medical home at the MedPlex, Memphis Medical Society Quarterly, 2009 Spring; 12(1):16.
  17. Bailey JE. EHR initiatives in the Mid-South. Tenn Med, 2008 Jul; 101(7):27-8.
  18. Bailey JE. Connecting patients to a medical home, Memphis Medical Society Quarterly, 2008 Summer; 11(2):24.
  19. Bailey JE, Gibson DV.  Public reporting needed to improve the health of Tennesseans.  Tenn Med, 2005; 98(11):539-545
  20. Bailey JE, Gibson DV, Jain M, Connelly SA, Ryder KM, Dagogo-Jack S. Reversing the diabetes epidemic in Tennessee. Tenn Med, 2003;559-563
  21. Bailey JE, Chang CF. The cure for TennCare:  Run it like a family business.  Tenn Business, 2001;10(2):15-19
  22. Bailey JE. Response to letters to the editor regarding “Asklepios: Ancient hero of medical caring”.  Ann Int Med, 1996;125(3):254.

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    […] James Bailey, MD: “All healthcare workers are ethically bound to work for the benefit of their patients to the best of their ability, and ‘at least do no harm.’ These mandates require us to only offer treatments that on balance offer more benefit than harm to the individual patient. Balancing benefits and harms is often difficult in cases like chemotherapy for terminal cancer where potential benefits are small and harms can be great. But where harms clearly outweigh benefits, physicians are obligated to protect their patients from these dangerous treatments. In my experience, most treatments that have an adverse impact on the public at large present more harm than benefit to the individual patient as well.” […]


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