James (Jim) Judson was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1943 and has lived most of his life in Auckland. He graduated MB ChB from the University of Otago in 1967 and gained the FFARACS in 1974. He had a 40 year career in Intensive Care Medicine from 1972 to 2011, mostly in the Department of Critical Care Medicine (DCCM) at Auckland City Hospital. He also worked and gained experience in Christchurch, England, Canada, Sweden, Norway, Australia and Saudi Arabia.
Jim was a foundation member of ANZICS in 1974 and ANZICS President 1989–1991, and is on the ANZICS Honour Roll and an Honorary Life member. He has been a member of the ANZICS Committee on Death and Organ Donation since it was established in 1992. Following retirement from the DCCM he worked as medical specialist for Organ Donation New Zealand (ODNZ) until the end of June this year.