Dr. Brand is the founder of Victoria Emergency Associates and the heart and soul of the organization. His more than three decades of experience and practice of Emergency Medicine, along with his leadership and dedication to service provide routine inspiration to his colleagues, patients and staff.
Jim Brand knew at a very early age that he wanted to be a doctor, given his intense curiosity about the natural world and the lessons of caring and disciplined service to others instilled in him by his loving parents.
In 1971, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University, and in 1976 earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Texas, San Antonio. Dr. Brand received his Board Certification in Emergency Medicine in 1993 and re-certified in 2003 and 2011.
Dr. Brand is licensed to practice medicine in Texas and Hawaii. He has traveled extensively throughout the world, developing a special affinity for the people and cultures of Latin America, beginning with his service as Staff Physician at Hospital Amazonico-Albert Schweitzer in Pucallapa, Peru in 1977. He has continued to serve as an Emergency Physician or Medical Director in places where he saw the greatest opportunities to help, including: Georgetown Hospital, Georgetown, Texas; DeTar Hospital Emergency Dept., Victoria, Texas; People's Community Clinic and St. David's Community Hospital, Austin, Texas; Round Rock Hospital, Round Rock, Texas; Central Texas Medical Center, San Marcos, Texas; and DeTar Hospital Emergency Dept., Victoria, Texas.
Dr. Brand founded Victoria Emergency Associates in 2002. VEA is now providing emergency room staffing and medical services to Cuero Community Hospital, Gonzales Memorial Hospital, Uvalde Memorial Hospital, Connally Memorial Medical Center, DeTar Hospital North and DeTar Hospital Navarro.
A dedicated community leader, Dr. Brand has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for DeTar Healthcare System in Victoria, Texas; Chairman of the Brackenridge Hospital Oversight Council, Austin, Texas; Board Member for the Save Our Springs Alliance, Austin, Texas; Medical Director for the Soviet-American, International Center for Better Health, Moscow and New York; and Chief of Staff for Kohala Hospital, Kapaau, Hawaii and DeTar Healthcare System, Victoria, Texas
When he’s not in an emergency room or traveling, Dr. Brand enjoys a full family life in Austin, Texas with wife Irma, daughters Sarah, Lila, and Isabella, son Chris and son-in-law Erik Seholm.