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Dr. James Eshleman Celebrates 40 Years Practicing Medicine in Oxford Hills

Timothy A. Churchill, President and CEO, Western Maine Health is pleased to announce that Dr. James Eshleman of Oxford Hills Family Practice is celebrating 40 years of practicing medicine in Oxford Hills.

Dr. Eshleman graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed an internship at Brighton Medical Center.  Following his training, he settled down in the Oxford Hills community and started his family practice on August 1, 1973.  He purchased a building in South Paris (now Hanley’s Law Office) from Dr. Harry Harper, who had practiced family medicine for 25 years.  For the first fifteen years of practice, Dr. Eshleman was on call twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.  He eventually joined a call group that included the other family practice physicians from the community.  During the early years of practice, Dr. Eshleman delivered hundreds of babies and took pride in caring for all members of the family.  He often reflects back on the days when patients might pay their bill with whatever they could afford, sometimes venison, caribou or other wonderful delights.

Dr. Eshleman has been a member of many committees and held numerous leadership positions during his time on the Medical Staff at Stephens Memorial Hospital.  He is the current Medical Staff President and was previously the Chief of Medicine.  During his career he has received several awards and honors which includes the Roswell P. Bates Memorial Award and the Distinguished Service Award.  Dr. Eshleman is the former President of the Board of the Maine Osteopathic Association.

Dr. Eshleman is committed to training medical students.  He is an active preceptor for the MMC-Tufts School of Medicine Program and also serves as a preceptor for the University of New England - College of Osteopathic Medicine Community Health Rotation for third year Medical Students. 

Dr. Eshleman has deep roots to the medical profession.  His father was a well-established family medicine physician, he and two of his siblings went on to become physicians and his daughter is continuing the tradition and is a practicing physician.  Dr. Eshleman remains deeply committed to the health and well-being of his patients and looks forward to the rest of his days of serving the needs of his patients.  He is board certified in Family Medicine and Geriatric Medicine.


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