Jim French was raised in Arkansas and following college entered the Marine Corps.  After the Marine Corps, he went to medical school in New Orleans and stayed for additional training in surgery.  Subsequently, he spent time in Nashville, Baltimore and New York for further specialty training and a full time academic appointment at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  Thereafter he moved to the Washington, D.C. area and has been in private practice since.  His interest in the environment began as a child, and he continues to be interested in environmentally friendly projects.