Founding Board Member, Health Volunteers Overseas Physicians for Human Rights Nobel Peace Prize,

International Campaign to Ban Land Mines


Dr. James Cobey is an orthopedic surgeon who shared in the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for the International Campaign to Ban Land Mines. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Johns Hopkins University in 2001. He is president of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School’s Society of Alumni, an inaugural member of the Dean’s Alumni Advisory Council, and on the executive committee of the Alpha Chapter of the Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society. Dr. Cobey has extensive international experience with many agencies. In 1964 he worked with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in the Gaza Strip assisting in refugee care. In 1966, he worked in western Nigeria studying the epidemiology and effectiveness of primary health centers. In 1967, he worked extensively in northern Haiti in a primary health center where he developed public health programs. In 1979 he was assigned by the American Red Cross as an International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRS) health delegate to work on the Thai­Cambodia border. In this capacity, he was coordinator of one of the largest refugee camps managing medical care as well as overall relief care. Since that time he has worked as a consultant to the Agency for International Development (USAID) on health care programs at the Thai­Cambodian border. Dr. Cobey graduated from Hamilton College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History specializing in Thai foreign policy in the 19th Century. He received his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and his master of public health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, focusing on international health. He served in the U.S. Army as chief of the Preventive Medicine Service at Fort Lewis, Washington (1971­1973), attaining the rank of Major and receiving the Meritorious Service Medal. He completed his orthopedic residency in 1976 at Yale University.