Wellness Center

Dr. James Weber


A former weight loss, cancer, and general surgeon for three decades, Dr. Weber serves as an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Washington. His clinical faculty appointment, formerly with the Department of Surgery, is now with the School of Nursing.

Dr. Weber graduated from Yale University with honors in English literature, focusing on the works of Herman Melville. He received his medical degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. His surgery training was done at the University of Washington. He is board certified in general surgery, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Dr. Weber closed his surgery practice in 2008 in order to devote the rest of his professional career to the teaching of yoga and providing yoga therapy. He was trained as a yoga instructor by Catherine Munro, of YogaWorks, and is certified through the Yoga Alliance. He has become especially interested in yoga therapy for specific medical conditions and is a member of the International Association of Yoga therapists. He is also a certified counselor in Ayurvedic medicine (the traditional medicine of India), having completed 500 hours of training through the Kerala Ayurveda Academy.

Dr. Weber recently co-authored “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Modern Manners, Fast Track,” making him arguably the most polite surgeon and yoga teacher on the planet!


    Lifestyle/Quality of Life/Transitions

    Productivity & Innovation




  • The Best Prescription for Stress: a Do-it-Yourself Primer

      A discussion of some of the key studies on stress, with a focus on meditation and yoga as simple, risk-free antidotes.

      Practical suggestions for what you can do for yourself at home, at work, before you perform, with consideration given to limitations of time and/or space. This interactive workshop will teach you what you need to know to relieve stress.

  • Obesity, the Enemy Within: the Scenario form the Other Side of the Scale

      The effects of overweight on you, your job, your family, and what you can do about it.
      Lessons learned from 30 years in the trenches, helping the obese learn to help themselves.
      The scope of the problem, from a national perspective.

  • Why You, Too, Should be Doing Yoga: a Simple and Practical Way to Improve
  • Productivity, Sleep Better, and Trim Down

      No prior experience required. Only your attitude needs to be flexible. Thirty million Americans are on to something special. So why not you?

  • From OR to OM: a Personal Odyssey

      Everybody loves to hear stories; this is the story of a seemingly incongruous transition from a successful surgical practice to teaching yoga, studying traditional Indian medicine, and offering yoga therapy.

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Tamela Thomas