James W. Keck, MD, MPH

  • Family and Community Medicine
  • Primary Care


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
  • 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.

Training & Education


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

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