James Frank, Caring.com Expert


James Frank is Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit at the V.A. Medical Center in San Francisco. He received his medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and completed residency training in internal medicine and a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. His primary clinical and research interest is critical care medicine, and he spends much of his time caring for elderly patients in the intensive care unit and working with their families.

James's wife, Stephanie Trelogan, is a senior editor at Caring.com. James and Stephanie are glad that their parents are still healthy and active, and their two young children take full advantage of this whenever their grandparents come to visit.


Recently Published on Caring.com

What could be the cause of my mother in law's low creatinine level? — Nov 18, 2008
There are so many different things going on here, it's impossible to say. Your mother-in-law needs urgent medical care to manage all of her health problems. I wish you the ...
What is the average life expectancy for a heart disease patient after a bypass surgery? — Nov 18, 2008
Unfortunately, it's not possible to answer this question over the internet. Your friend's life expectancy depends on many different factors, including what type of bypass s...
Could swelling be a side effect of medications or the start of ascetis? — Nov 18, 2008
Unfortunately, it's not possible to answer this question over the internet. It could be a result of many different things, including heart failure, liver disease, or kidney...
Can a bp averaging 142/90 be considered normal, if a person... — Nov 18, 2008
A blood pressure reading averaging 142/90 is high, regardless of how long someone has had it. In fact, what you're describing is called lifelong hypertension. Over time, a ...
Does congestive heart failure happen quickly? — Nov 18, 2008
Congestive heart failure doesn't usually happen all of a sudden. The typical symptoms are fatigue and trouble breathing, which can go on for a long time and gradually get w...
At 34 years old, how concerned should I be about chest pain that goes into my arm? — Nov 18, 2008
It's important for you to see a doctor immediately. The symptoms you're describing sound like classic angina, resulting from coronary artery disease. It could be something ...
I have had COPD for 5 years and now have frequent shortness of breath- is it time for oxygen? — Nov 18, 2008
It depends on what your oxygen level is, both at rest and when exercising, and it also depends on whether or not you have pulmonary hypertension. You should have your docto...
Is there a procedure to eliminate arterial fibrillation? — Sep 18, 2008
There is a procedure called ablation, in which the electrical connection between the atria and ventricles is cauterized. This prevents the electrical impulses from the atri...
Is sporadic stabbing pain after an angiogram normal? — Sep 18, 2008
It's certainly not normal to have stabbing pains four weeks after a procedure, but there are lots of things that could be causing it. It depends on where the stabbing pains...
What does it mean when a person has to get a ring in their heart after a triple bypass? — Sep 18, 2008
A triple heart bypass is an operation that bypasses three coronary arteries, or coronary arteries in three places. A ring is a device that's used to repair a valve in the h...