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James H. Alford, Jr., MD

2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award

Published Wednesday, November 18, 2015 10:00 am

James H. Alford Jr., MD


James Huston Alford, Jr. was born in Albertville, Alabama and graduated from Albertville High School in 1955. He received a BS degree from the University of Alabama in 1959 and his MD degree from the Medical College of Alabama in 1963. He remained at University Hospital in Birmingham to  complete an Internship/Fellowship in Endocrinology and Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He practiced Ob/Gyn in Montgomery from 1968 until his retirement in 2005.

He has been a member of several administrative boards and committees during his career and currently serves on the boards of the Medical Alumni Association, Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church, and Montgomery Council on Substance Abuse. He has been a member of the Alabama Physician Wellness Committee since 1994. He is the Chairman of the Alabama Foundation for Medical     Excellence – an organization that raises funds to promote Physician Wellness.

In 1992, Jim was successfully treated for alcoholism through the assistance of the Alabama Physician Health Program. Since then he has been an active participant in a 12 Step recovery program and a member of International Doctors in Alcoholics Anonymous (IDAA).  IDAA was founded in 1949 and currently has over 9000 doctorate level health care professionals with representation from 47 countries. IDAA is a fellowship of doctors and their families whose primary purpose is to support one another in recovery from substance use disorders. Dr. Alford served on their Steering Committee from 2001 to 2005. Jim and his wife, Susan, chaired an IDAA annual meeting, which was held in Mobile in 2003. Over 650 IDAA members and their families attended this event.

 In 2004, Dr. Alford was honored by the Medical Alumni Association with the Hettie Butler Terry Award which is given for community service. In 2009, he received the Outstanding Physician Award, which is given    annually by the Montgomery County Medical Society, for exemplary service to the medical profession and to the community. In 2012, the Drug Education Council of Mobile presented him the Marion V. Cranford Award given for leadership and dedication to helping those affected by alcoholism and drug addiction. In 2006, he was inducted into the Marshall County Sports Hall of Fame.

 Since 2005, he has worked as the Assistant Medical Director of the Alabama Physician Health Program (APHP). In this capacity, he travels throughout Alabama providing educational programs to county medical associations and hospital medical staff. He educates incoming participants in various health care schools (medical students, veterinarians, physician assistants, postgraduate physicians) in the mission of the APHP. He also assists with interventions and monitoring of physicians in this state that are currently experiencing problems which could lead to impairment and the inability to practice medicine safely.  Currently, he is the Interim Medical Director of the Alabama Physician Health Program.

 Jim is the father of three children: Vivian, Brad and Greg. Jim and Susan live in Montgomery and have five grandchildren: Huston, Jane Abbie, Wyatt, John and Addie.


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