James D. Dawes, MHA, CMPE, COE
President and Founder
A globally sought-after healthcare industry professional with over three decades of experience, James D. Dawes, MHA, CMPE, COE, provides strategic, operational and management guidance to help ambitious physicians and medical groups develop practices of distinction and excellence in the area of Lifestyle Medicine. Mr. Dawes also provides business and product development advice to medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers.
Mr. Dawes holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a bachelor’s degree in physiology, both from Oklahoma State University. He is board certified by the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) and earned a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Mr. Dawes has achieved the status of Certified Ophthalmic Executive (COE) by the American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators and obtained Candidate status with the Certified Commercial Investment Member Designee (CCIM).
In 2003, Mr. Dawes joined Center For Sight as Chief Administrative Officer. In this role, Mr. Dawes was responsible for the marketing, business development and corporate administration of Center For Sight, the Center For Sight Foundation and all affiliated companies. During his tenure with Center For Sight, Mr. Dawes led the practice to achieve significant organic growth as well as corporate expansion through strategic acquisitions, optimizing operational functions, marketing, and patient experience management. With his operational guidance and healthcare facility design, construction and development expertise, Center For Sight has become one of the leading multi-physician vision, cosmetic, dermatology, and skin care practices in the United States.
Prior to his position with Center For Sight, Mr. Dawes was a business and physician development executive with Sentara Healthcare, one of the nation's premier integrated healthcare delivery systems. Located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the organization includes multiple acute care hospitals, advanced imaging centers, outpatient campuses, physical therapy and rehabilitation services, home health and hospice agency, and multi-specialty physician groups.
Mr. Dawes is an Advisor to Parkstone Growth Partners, a healthcare private equity investment group. He has served on the Bausch and Lomb Surgical and Pharmaceutical Integration Strategic Advisory Board and is a previous member of GE Capital's Care Credit Advisory Board. He is also a frequent contributor to several national industry periodicals and speaker for industry and physician organizations.
Mr. Dawes was a contributing author of the textbook Mastering Refractive IOLs - The Art and Science. He also served as the Section Editor for Pathway to Your Perfect Practice, an ongoing series within Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today, which is read by over 15,000 physicians and surgeons internationally.
Mr. Dawes resides in Sarasota with his three sons, Jake, Greyson, and Chase. They enjoy travel and active family adventures. Mr. Dawes is an adventure motorcycle enthusiast and an avid bicyclist and multi-sport athlete, having competed in multiple national and international endurance biking and adventure racing events. Mr. Dawes also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Team Tony Foundation, a non-profit organization which provides peer-to-peer support for cancer fighters.