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James W. Keck, MD, MPH

James W. Keck, MD, MPH
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  • Family and Community Medicine
  • Primary Care
This provider offers TeleCare
  • About

    Dr. James Keck provides full spectrum primary care with an emphasis on health promotion. He enjoys caring for families and patients of all ages and has a particular interest in the health of children, adolescents, and older adults.

    Keck grew up in Minnesota and attended medical school at the University of Minnesota where he completed an internship in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. He trained in family medicine at the Tufts-affiliated Carney Hospital program in Boston. He is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins General Preventive Medicine residency program. He received advanced training in epidemiology as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the CDC in Alaska. He has substantial international experience, having worked for two years in Malawi with Partners In Health and as a WHO consultant in Ecuador.

    Personal statement

    Family medicine is a beautiful specialty. At its heart is the care of the whole person - mind, body, and spirit. Long-lasting relationships across the age spectrum are unique to family medicine. A great day for me is visiting my 104 year-old nursing home patient after caring for a newborn and her family.

    My philosophy of care is firmly rooted in health promotion and disease prevention. I believe in the biopsychosocial model of care that embraces an individual's psychology and social setting as much as the biology of their illness. I minimize the medicalization of health issues that are often best treated with tincture of time, a healthier lifestyle, and a positive outlook. At the same time I take a highly evidence-based and patient-centered approach to care and will closely listen to your concerns and preferences.

    Faculty Rank

    Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine


    MD, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis


    Preventive Medicine, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore Family Medicine, Carney Hospital, Dorchester, Mass.

    Certifications and Special Training

    American Board of Family Medicine

    American Board of Preventive Medicine

  • Publications

    1. Influenza surveillance using electronic health records in the American Indian and Alaska Native population. James W Keck, John T Redd, James E Cheek, Larry J Layne, Amy V Groom, Sassa Kitka, Michael G Bruce, Anil Suryaprasad, Nancy L Amerson, Theresa Cullen, Ralph T Bryan, Thomas W Hennessy
      J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2014 Jan; 21(1): 132–138. Published online 2013 Jun 5. doi: 10.1136/amiajnl-2012-001591
      PMCID: PMC3912730
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    2. Helicobacter pylori infection and markers of gastric cancer risk in Alaska Native persons: a retrospective case-control study. James W Keck, Karen M Miernyk, Lisa R Bulkow, Janet J Kelly, Brian J McMahon, Frank Sacco, Thomas W Hennessy, Michael G Bruce
      Can J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2014 Jun; 28(6): 305–310.
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    3. Assessing and Responding to Palliative Care Needs in Rural Sub-Saharan Africa: Results from a Model Intervention and Situation Analysis in Malawi. Michael E. Herce, Shekinah N. Elmore, Noel Kalanga, James W. Keck, Emily B. Wroe, Atupere Phiri, Alishya Mayfield, Felix Chingoli, Jason A. Beste, Listern Tengatenga, Junior Bazile, Eric L. Krakauer, Jonas Rigodon
      PLoS One. 2014; 9(10): e110457. Published online 2014 Oct 14. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0110457
      PMCID: PMC4197005
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    4. Excellent clinical outcomes and retention in care for adults with HIV-associated Kaposi sarcoma treated with systemic chemotherapy and integrated antiretroviral therapy in rural Malawi. Michael E Herce, Noel Kalanga, Emily B Wroe, James W Keck, Felix Chingoli, Listern Tengatenga, Satish Gopal, Atupere Phiri, Bright Mailosi, Junior Bazile, Jason A Beste, Shekinah N Elmore, Jonathan T Crocker, Jonas Rigodon
      J Int AIDS Soc. 2015; 18(1): 19929. Published online 2015 May 29. doi: 10.7448/IAS.18.1.19929
      PMCID: PMC4450240
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    5. A Case Control Study of Risk factors for death from 2009 pandemic Influenza A (H1N1): Is American Indian racial status an independent Risk factor? A case-control study of risk factors for death from 2009 pandemic influenza A(H1N1): is American Indian racial status an independent risk factor? Epidemiol Infect. 2016;144(2):315-24.
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    6. Distance to care, enrollment and loss to follow-up of HIV patients during decentralization of antiretroviral therapy in Neno District, Malawi: A retrospective cohort study. Alyssa Bilinski, Ermyas Birru, Matthew Peckarsky, Michael Herce, Noel Kalanga, Christian Neumann, Gay Bronson, Stephen Po-Chedley, Chembe Kachimanga, Ryan McBain, James Keck
      PLoS One. 2017; 12(10): e0185699. Published online 2017 Oct 3. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0185699
      PMCID: PMC5626468
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  • Additional Publications

    1. Keck JW, Bulkow LR, Raczniak GA, Negus SE, et. al. Hepatitis B Antibody Levels Seven to Nine Years Following Booster Vaccination in Alaska Native Persons. Clin Vaccine Immunol. 2014;21(9):1339-42.
    2. Keck JW, Wenger JD, Bruden DL, Rudolph KM, et. al. PCV7-induced changes in pneumococcal carriage and invasive disease burden in Alaskan children. Vaccine. 2014;32(48):6478-84.
    3. Herce ME, Elmore SN, Kalanga N, Keck JW, et. al. Assessing and responding to palliative care needs in rural sub-saharan Africa: results from a model intervention and situation analysis in Malawi. PLoS One. 2014(10).
    4. Plumb ID, Lecy D, Singleton R, Engel MC, Hirschfeld M, Keck JW, Klejka J, Rudolph KM, Hennessy TW, Bruce MG. Invasive Haemophilus influenzae Serotype a Infection in Children: Clinical Description of an Emerging Pathogen - Alaska, 2002–2014. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2018 Apr;37(4):298-303.
    5. Keck JW, Thomas AR, Hieronymus L, Roper KL. Prediabetes knowledge, attitudes, and clinical practices at an academic family medicine practice. J Am Board Fam Med. Accepted February 2019.
  • Locations

    Family & Community Medicine–Turfland

    Family & Community Medicine–Turfland

    UK HealthCare - Turfland
    UK HealthCare - Turfland
    2195 Harrodsburg Road
    Suite 125
    Lexington, KY 40504
    Fax 859-257-7231
    Monday - Friday: 7:00 am-6:00 pm

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