James Hamblin (journalist)

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James Richard Hamblin
James Hamblin at Spotlight Health Aspen Ideas Festival 2015.JPG
Born (1982-10-05) October 5, 1982 (age 37)
EducationWake Forest University (BS)
Indiana University (MD)
Yale University (MPH)
OccupationWriter, editor, physician
Known forPreventive medicine
Bioethics
StyleLiterary nonfiction

James Hamblin M.D. (born James Richard Hamblin; October 5, 1982) is a preventive medicine physician and staff writer at The Atlantic. He is the author of If Our Bodies Could Talk, a nonfiction book about human health published by Doubleday. He is a lecturer in public health at Yale University.

Biography[edit]

Early life and education[edit]

Hamblin grew up in Munster, Indiana and graduated from Munster High School.[1] He graduated from the School of Medicine at Indiana University, then attended Harvard for a year to study internal medicine. Hamblin began a residency as a radiologist at the Medical Center at the University of California, Los Angeles. During his residency, Hamblin trained in improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles.[2] He says he was regularly mistaken for a student due to looking younger than his age, and has often been compared to the sitcom teenage genius Doogie Howser.[3][2][4] He later completed a residency in Preventive Medicine at Yale University.

Career[edit]

In 2012, Hamblin chose to pursue a career in media and joined The Atlantic and became the editor for its health channel, which had been launched in 2011.[2][1] In 2013, he created an online comedy video show about health and lifestyle topics on The Atlantic website called If Our Bodies Could Talk,[5] for which he was a finalist for a Webby award for Best Web Personality/Host[2][6] and was last produced in 2017.[7][8] He has been named among the 140 people to follow on Twitter by Time, and BuzzFeed has called him "the most delightful MD ever" in response to his work with that show.[9][2] He also authored If Our Bodies Could Talk, a nonfiction book about human health published by Doubleday.[10][11][12]

Hamblin is currently a staff writer for The Atlantic.[13] He has given talks at Harvard Medical School, Wharton School of Business, South by Southwest, and TEDMED. In 2016, he served as moderator at the launch of the White House Precision Medicine Initiative where he interviewed President Barack Obama.[14] Hamblin is a past Yale University Poynter Fellow in journalism.[15] He is board certified in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine.[16]

Personal life[edit]

In July 2019, Hamblin married Sarah Yager, a managing editor for The Atlantic.[17]


Books[edit]

  • If Our Bodies Could Talk. Doubleday. 2017. ISBN 978-0385540971.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 853-2584, Giles Bruce. "Munster native, doctor turned health writer, releases first book". nwitimes.com. Retrieved 2018-09-27.
  2. ^ a b c d e "The young doctor". POLITICO Media. Retrieved 2018-09-27.
  3. ^ "Separated at Birth: The Atlantic's James Hamblin and 'Doogie Howser, M.D.'". Retrieved 2018-09-27.
  4. ^ "Separated at Birth: The Atlantic's James Hamblin and 'Doogie Howser, M.D.'". Retrieved 2018-09-27.
  5. ^ "If Our Bodies Could Talk". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2018-09-27.
  6. ^ "If Our Bodies Could Talk - James Hamblin | The Webby Awards". www.webbyawards.com. Retrieved 2018-09-27.
  7. ^ "If Our Bodies Could Talk - The Atlantic". www.theatlantic.com. Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  8. ^ "If Our Bodies Could Talk - YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  9. ^ "Your Sad Desk Lunch Might Be Killing You". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 2018-09-27.
  10. ^ "If Our Bodies Could Talk, a FAQ for human bodies". kottke.org. Retrieved 2018-09-27.
  11. ^ "If Our Bodies Could Talk by James Hamblin | PenguinRandomHouse.com". PenguinRandomhouse.com. Retrieved 2018-09-27.
  12. ^ "James Hamblin On Understanding Our Bodies, Our Health". www.wbur.org. Retrieved 2018-09-27.
  13. ^ "Sarah Yager, James Hamblin". The New York Times. 2019-07-07. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  14. ^ "Precision Medicine: Health Care Tailored to You". whitehouse.gov. 2016-02-25. Retrieved 2018-09-27.
  15. ^ "Poynter Fellowship: James Hamblin". Office of Public Affairs & Communications. 2016-05-04. Retrieved 2018-09-27.
  16. ^ "American College of Preventive Medicine".
  17. ^ "Sarah Yager, James Hamblin". The New York Times. 2019-07-07. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-08-22.