Dr. James Zacharias, BSc, M.SC, MD, FRCPC
Dr. Zacharias is an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba, working primarily in clinical nephrology and dialysis.  Along with clinical and teaching responsibilities he is the Medical Director of the Manitoba Local Centre Renal Health program which dialyzes over 250 patients in 16 centres in Rural Manitoba and chairs the WRHA Standards committee, which helps to maintain the high standard of care in the WRHA.  He leads the WRHA Standards committee, which oversees the activity of 19 program Standards committees, helping to ensure quality care is delivered in the Winnipeg Region.

He received a Masters in Community Health Sciences in 2006 working in the area of determinants of First Nations Kidney health.  Current research interests include end of life care for dialysis patients and health systems delivery and quality of health care delivery to dialysis patients.  In 2009-13 he was a co-investigator in a CIHR study examining dignity and distress across various disease populations led by Dr. Harvey Chochinov and co-led the renal component. In 2012 he was awarded an HSC foundation grant examining the quality of care in dialysis patients receiving care in rural Manitoba.

He led the team that developed the Nurse Led Telehealth initiative for the Manitoba Renal program in remote and northern locations.  This work will form the basis for a Masters thesis in Community Health Science and he is the co-supervisor for this Masters Candidate.