After graduating from the University of Queensland in 1987, Dr James served three years in the Royal Australian Air Force as a dental officer, before attaining his Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons (FRACDS), in general stream in 1991.
During 1990 – 1992 Dr James worked in the private sector in Murwillumbah NSW and Chelmsford in the United Kingdom, completing his Masters degree in 1995.
A current member of the Australian Dental Association, Australian Society of Periodontology (past federal president of the society), Australian and New Zealand Academy of Periodontics, the American Academy of Periodontology and the Academy of Osseointegration.
Brian has lectured extensively at conferences and seminars on Dental Implant techniques, with particular focus on tissue management and the latest developments on periodontal therapy, and effective practice management at local, state and federal levels. Brian has trained North Queensland dentists in implant treatment procedures.
Brian was involved in the establishment of the JCU Dental school. From 2009-2013 he was Adjunct Associate Professor of Periodontology, writing the original undergraduate curriculum in Periodontics, and providing pre-clinical teaching in Simulation Laboratory.
In 2013, Brian became the first specialist Periodontist in Australia to become certified in regenerative laser therapy with the LANAP Protocol (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure). This technique uses Periolase NdYAG laser, and can regenerate lost bone and connective tissue attachment. Patients find the procedure less invasive and less uncomfortable than traditional surgical treatment protocols, resulting in less tooth sensitivity and less gum recession.
Brian and his wife Andrea moved to Cairns in September 2005 and have three children, two boys and a girl. Andrea was in the first cohort of graduates from the new JCU Dental school.