James G. McDowell, MD, FACS

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Dr. McDowell serves as Chief of Surgery at Saint Thomas Midtown.  He is a board certified general surgeon specializing in minimally invasive weight loss/bariatric surgery.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Houston and his medical degree from the University Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.  Residency was completed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and a member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons (ASMBS).  In addition to weight loss surgery, Dr. McDowell is certified to perform the placement and removal of the Orbera intra-gastric balloon, a non-surgical weight loss procedure.

Dr. McDowell and his wife, Jen have two children.  In his free time, he enjoys hunting, skiing, and fishing.

Medical School

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio


Vanderbilt University Medical Center


American Board of Surgery