Dr. James Veltmeyer
Against ALL Odds
Dr. James Veltmeyer is one of San Diego’s leading physicians and a national leader in the battle for common-sense and affordable health care reform. He is the author of the the “Health Care by the People, for the People” direct-payer health reform plan which has been covered in both local and national media, such as The La Mesa Courier, East County Magazine, KNSJ Community Radio, Real Talk San Diego, Fox & Friends, KSEE-24 News, ABC News 10, Brett Winterble Show, Direct Primary Care Journal and Concierge Medicine Today. Dr. Veltmeyer’s plan would restore the doctor-patient relationship by limiting the role of government and private insurance companies in the health care process.
Dr. Veltmeyer had an unlikely—almost impossible — journey to his current position as one of our area’s most respected doctors. Born in South America in 1968, his family became homeless when his father abandoned his mother and siblings. James was just a year old at the time. His earliest recollections include living on the streets of Ecuador and going sometimes for days without eating. He was often assigned by his mother the task of pleading for a few bread rolls at the local panaderia, sometimes not receiving enough for all his brothers and sisters and offering to go without himself so they could eat. At a certain point, his mother made the heartbreaking decision to send James alone ( at age 11 ) to live with an aunt in the United States. After a two-year effort to obtain a visa, his aunt in El Cajon was able to bring James to live with her in San Diego County. Finally, when he was 19, his mother followed and he became the sole provider for his family, holding down multiple jobs while attending school full-time.
Such a challenging childhood might have discouraged others and prevented them from attaining their full potential. However, Dr. Veltmeyer moved beyond the life-altering transition of coming to a new country at a young age, leaving his mother and siblings, and adapting and adjusting to a new language and culture. He was determined to make a difference, not just for himself but for others and society as well.
He attended and excelled in his studies at local schools ( such as Grossmont High School ), held down numerous jobs along the way and eventually realized his live-long dream of becoming a doctor.
He graduated from UC San Diego and the Ross University School of Medicine, and completed his residency through the UC San Francisco system where he became Chief, overseeing 36 doctors. Dr. Veltmeyer, a member of the San Diego Critical Care Medical Group, has been chosen for five years ( 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019 ) by his colleagues in the San Diego County Medical Society as a “Physician of Exceptional Excellence,” the most prestigious honor awarded to a “Top Doctor” in San Diego County. He is among a select group of San Diego physicians who was chosen five of the last fifteen years and he consistently ranks in the top 1% to 2% for patient satisfaction. He has served as the Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at SGH where he provided senior leadership to over 200 doctors and is currently Chief Medical Officer for Therapeutic Solutions International ( TSI ), a biomedical company harnessing the miracles of immunotherapy to fight deadly diseases like cancer. He has been recognized by the California State Senate as a “California Hero.”
Dr. Veltmeyer is Board Certified in Family Medicine and holds credentials from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support and NeoNatal Resuscitation. He is a member of the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is also a longtime member of SGH’s BioMedical Ethics Committee. He is also the host of the podcast program “Physician on a Mission” and his OpEds have appeared in publications across America, including The Washington Times.
He was a Republican candidate for Congress in San Diego in both 2016 and 2018.
Dr. Veltmeyer is married and he and his wife Laura are the parents of two children, Olivia 10, and Landon 8. They are parishioners of All Hallows Catholic Church in La Jolla where both his children attend school. An avid sportsman, Dr. Veltmeyer enjoys surfing on San Diego’s world-renowned beaches, as well as golf, tennis, skiing, and chess.
Dr. Veltmeyer is a shining example of the American Dream and of overcoming huge obstacles to achieve success and reputation in his profession. He did this through religious faith, hard work, a commitment to build a better life for himself and his family, and a deep personal dedication to the founding principles of his adopted country, the United States of America. He believes faith and freedom can help even the most disadvantaged individuals reach for the stars and realize their hopes and dreams. Only in America.
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