James McDowell

Adjunct Professor Physician Assistant

Dr. McDowell is a board certified family physician with added qualification in sports medicine. With 40 years of experience as a rural family medicine physician, experience as Associate Clinical Professor for the VCU’s Medical College of Virginia, a retired U.S. Army Major, and a long record of civic engagement, we could not be more pleased to have Dr. McDowell as our medical director. Dr. McDowell has invested his career in providing the best medical care for patients in the region and ensuring patients’ needs were met.

Although he is recently retired from full-time family practice with Smyth County Family Physicians, he continues to serve the area’s underserved as a volunteer clinician with the Mel Leaman Free Clinic. Dr. McDowell has a long community service record including participating with UMCOR Disaster Relief projects in Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina, short term medical missions in Haiti and Jamaica, serving on the Smyth County community Hospital Board and the Smyth County Foundation Board, active participation with the Boy Scouts and Upward Basketball/Soccer programs and serving in various leadership positions with the First United Methodist Church here in Marion, VA. He also served as the team physician for Marion Senior High School.

In concert with his role as our Medical Director, Dr. McDowell is also presently serving as adjunct faculty for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, assisting in their anatomy and neuroanatomy coursework. He represents a significant and invaluable member of our program. Besides from precepting students at the Free Clinic and assisting in overseeing the program’s curriculum to ensure the program effectively delivers the most up-to-date and evidence-based training, he will also assist in teaching some of our coursework.

Academically, Dr. McDowell completed his pre-med B.S. at Davidson College, his MD at the Medical College of Virginia, receiving AOA Honors, and his family medicine residency with the Medical College of Virginia. After completing his residency, Dr. McDowel went on to complete distinguished service in the United States Army as a family physician and residency teacher, earning the Army Commendation Medal.

  • James McDowell
    James McDowell

Contact Info

565 Radio Hill Road
Marion, VA 24354



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