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Meet our ED Care Team: Dr. James Rice


Dr. James Rice, a physician on Elizabethtown Community Hospital's Emergency Department care team, is a "small town boy" through and through. At nearly every turn of his medical career, it was confirmed for him – and continues to be, to this day – that a rural setting is the right place for this talented physician.

Dr. Rice, who grew up in a rural community, said that he always anticipated, even before entering medical school, that he would end up practicing as a small-town doctor. He earned his undergraduate degree in biology, with a minor in chemistry, from the State University at New York at Geneseo, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1999.

From there, he went on to medical school at SUNY-Syracuse, where he also participated in the SUNY Upstate Rural Medical Education Program, which allowed a portion of his medical education to occur in a rural setting. He completed his residency with the Geisinger Emergency Medicine Residency Program in Danville, Pennsylvania, a small town of 4,600 in the central part of the state, about 150 miles outside of Philadelphia. While at Geisinger, Dr. Rice also served a stint on the life-flight team – and therefore had the opportunity to experience, and participate in, a staple of rural medicine.

From there, he went on to practice emergency medicine at various community hospitals across upstate New York – A.O. Fox Hospital in Oneonta, Albany Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany, and Tri-Town Regional Hospital in Sidney.  Most recently, before making the move to Ticonderoga, he served as Site Medical Director for Tri-Town.

Dr. Rice has co-authored research papers and presentations on a variety of newsworthy topics, from gun safety locks to drug overdoses to sleep positioning for babies. He is looking forward to meeting local patients, and we welcome him to the Ticonderoga community.

The COVID-19 pandemic is foremost on all of our minds, particularly when it comes to the decision to seek medical care. Your local emergency department team at the UVM Health Network - Elizabethtown Community Hospital urges patients to seek prompt medical care for accidents or illnesses – and especially when it comes to signs of heart attack or stroke.

Emergency departments and facilities across the University of Vermont Health Network have put added safety precautions in place to protect patients and staff – including temperature checks, plexi-glass partitions, screening questions for everyone entering the facility, and mandatory masks.

To learn more about how you can safely get the care you need, please visit