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 “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, KSEE-24 News, ABC News 10, Brett Winterble Show, Direct Primary Care Journal and Concierge Medicine Today. This plan would restore the doctor-patient relationship by limiting the role of government and private insurance companies in the health care process.
A graduate of UC San Diego and the Ross University School of Medicine, he completed his residency through the UC San Francisco system where he became Chief, overseeing 36 doctors.
He is currently the Chief of the Department of Family Medicine at SGH where he provides senior leadership to over 200 doctors. In 2012, 2014, and 2016 and 2017, Dr. Veltmeyer was selected by his colleagues in the San Diego County Medical Society as the “Top Medical Doctor in San Diego County” and he consistently ranks in the top 1% to 2% for patient satisfaction.
Dr. Veltmeyer had an unlikely journey to his current position as one of our area’s most respected doctors. Born in South America, his family became homeless when his father abandoned his mother and siblings. 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.
Recognizing that education is the ladder to success, James worked hard at local schools like Grossmont High and lived the life of many young immigrants, fighting to achieve the American Dream and now working to see it passed on to his children and future generations.
Dr. Veltmeyer is Board Certified in Family Medicine and holds credentials from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics, Advanced Cardiovascular 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. In June 2018, he was appointed Chief Medical Officer of Therapeutic Solutions International ( TSI ) as part of its forthcoming “Right to Try Cancer Clinic.”
Dr. Veltmeyer is married and he and his wife Laura are the parents of two children, Olivia 8, and Landon 6. 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.