James Francis Hammel, MD, MA, MSc (Oxon), FAPA, FACLP was one of five children, valedictorian of Jesuit High School, and an Eagle Scout. He received his pre-medical education at Stanford University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and with both bachelor's and master's degrees in Psychology. He earned his M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School, including serving as the Head Resident Advisor at Harvard's medical student hall and working as coordinator of Harvard's pediatric hospice service. He was named the Association of American Medical College's first Nickens Scholar. At the end of medical school, he was a US-UK Fulbright Scholar at Oxford University, where he received an additional graduate degree (Master's of Science in Medical Sciences, By Research).
Doctor Hammel completed his Internship at Stanford and Residency at Harvard, serving as Chief Resident. He fellowship-trained in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at Mount Sinai in New York City. Prior to starting his psychiatry private practice in Seattle, Dr. Hammel worked as an outpatient and consultation-liaison psychiatrist in private practice, clinics, and hospitals on both coasts, including as medical director. Dr. Hammel is medically licensed in Washington, Hawaii, Oregon, Arizona, New York, and Massachusetts. He is available as a case consultant on medical and psychiatric matters in all of these states.
Bilingual in English and Spanish, Dr. Hammel has won awards from the Society for Liaison Psychiatry, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (Webb Fellow and inducted as an Academy Fellow), and Harvard Medical School. He has conducted research nationally and internationally and authored several peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He has been an Assistant Professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Albert Einstein School of Medicine, and Western University of Health Sciences. In 2022, he was identified as “Top 1%” in “America’s Most Honored Doctors.”
Dr. Hammel is double board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology in both the medical specialty of Psychiatry and sub-specialty of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. A Life Member of the Stanford Alumni Association and National Eagle Scout Association, he has served on the National Hemophilia Foundation's Board of Directors. Dr. Hammel has been recognized and inducted as a Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association, the Washington State Psychiatric Association, and the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry.