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Moss Returns to Williamsburg to Assist Cumberlands


Williamsburg, KY. - Dr. James P. Moss, grandson of one of University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) founders, Dr. E.S. Moss, will be returning to Williamsburg to assist with the University’s Physician Assistant Program. Moss is a descedant of one of UC’s founding fathers, and is a phenomenal man of medicine with an impressive amount of experience and service, body of knowledge, and can be credited for a valuable invention used in his field of study.

James Moss was born and raised in Williamsburg, Kentucky and attended Williamsburg Public Schools from 1948-1960, Cumberland College from June to September in 1961, and University of Kentucky. He continued his education at the University Of Louisville’s School of Medicine where he received his M.D. in 1966. His internship was at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia from 1966 to 1967; and his residency from 1967 to 1971 at the University of Louisville Hospital in general surgery.

Dr. Moss’ clinical experience is extensive and includes the invention of the Moss T-tube which became a standard for biliary tract surgery in many universities and hospitals. He successfully created, evaluated, and taught advanced post-graduate surgical education programs and participated in new product developments. Along with Yale University, he established an in-home educational resource center and participated in corporate medical legal defense and European regulatory affairs. Dr. Moss was also the first surgeon in the English speaking world to remove a gallstone accidentally left behind at surgery without having to resort to a second operation.

Moss served as the ranking Senior Surgical Consultant to the United States Surgical [Covidien] Norwalk, Connecticut from 1998 until 2008. He has left a substantial mark on the world of medicine.

He was admitted into the Williamsburg High School Hall of Fame in 2009 and is a proud member of the University of the Cumberlands’ Board of Visitors from 2010 until present day.

Dr. Moss’ military experience includes the U.S. Army Medical Corps as a major from 1971 until 1973, the U.S. Army Hospital, Camp Kue in Okinawa, Japan, Commander Medical Officer in Joint Recovery in Operation Homecoming in 1973, and Prisoner of War Release.

He has been a member and active in leadership of organizations including the American Board of Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, American Society of General Surgeons, Jefferson County Medical Society, Kentucky Medical Association, the Innominate Society of Louisville, Kentucky Surgical Society, American College of Surgeons, Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons , Kentucky Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, American Hernia Society, Society of Laproendoscopic Surgery, and the Society of Laproendosopic Surgeons, Asia.

“What a joy it is to have Dr. James Paisley Moss return to Williamsburg as a distinguished member of our faculty,” said UC President, Jim Taylor.” This is especially true because he is also the grandson of Dr. E. S. Moss, the first chairman of the Board of Trustees of this institution. Dr. Moss brings expertise and gravitas.”

University of the Cumberlands is blessed to have Dr. Moss join the Cumberlands family. He will lend his experience and knowledge to UC’s Physician Assistant students. Physician Assistants are health professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. They perform a comprehensive range of medical duties, from basic primary care to high-technology specialty procedures. PAs have become vital to every medical and surgical practice, helping make sure office patients get seen in a timely fashion, acting as assistants in major surgery, providing pre- and postoperative care.

“It is the consensus of the government, industry, and the medical profession that physician assistants are going to have an essential role in the future of health care,” said Dr. James Moss. “I believe that the University of the Cumberlands has an excellent Physician Assistant program and I’m proud to become a part of it.”

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; ten pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit