Anesthesiologist Spent Decades Giving Back

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (WMC) – A caring family man, with a passion for giving back to the less fortunate, are highlights of this month’s Mid-South Hero.

IBM sales seemed like a natural choice when Jim West graduated with a business degree from Memphis State University in 1973. But it didn’t take him long to realize his heart wasn’t in it.

Jim’s true passion for helping others led him to medical school.

There he found a path in anesthesiology and eventually the opportunity to work with liver transplant patients.

“Liver transplants – every case is a challenge. Every case is different… allowing me to use everything I’ve learned over the years to do my job well,” said Dr. West.

dr. West is currently the Director of Transplant Anesthesiology at Methodist Healthcare, for the James Eason Transplant Institute. But his expertise extends far beyond Memphis. With mission trips to Peru and Haiti, Dr. West worked to educate other doctors and provide routine medical care to those in need.

“Sometimes the most rewarding or the most valuable thing you can do is the things that affect a lot of people at once who probably don’t even know your name,” said Dr. West.

In addition to his work abroad, charities closer to home are important to Dr. West. Organizations such as the Young Women’s Christian Association.

“Of all the organizations that help women, they are the only organization that has a 24-hour domestic violence rescue service,” said Dr. West.

In addition, his time with St. Jude has led him to spend decades caring for children with cancer.

“Thanks to the help of many of my partners, I’ve been able to raise enough money to grant a child’s wish every Christmastime by making a wish from the Middle South for probably at least the last 20 years,” said Dr. West.

West’s determination to become a doctor has now turned into a determination to use those talents to help those around him.

“To whom much is given, much is expected, and I’ve been really lucky … and I think when you receive those things – not everyone is lucky enough to receive them – I think it’s important to and use those gifts you’ve been given forever,” said Dr. West.

Making Mid-South a better place through thoughtful, caring work, congratulations Dr. Jim West, you are this month’s Mid-South Hero

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