James Michael Houston brings a wealth of both knowledge and experience. Houston has managed post-operative bariatric patients from nearly every facet of aftercare and patient management. In addition to this work, he has also maintained and developed bariatric databases and extensive concierge services for bariatric patients that streamlined an extensive array of surgical testing.
James Houston started his military career in the U.S. Navy, where he proudly served from 1986 to 1993 where he retired as a Hospital Corpsman Second Class Petty Officer. During his various deployments in the Navy, James’ final deployment was during Operation Desert Storm/ Desert Shield. Mr. Houston has received numerous decorations and letters of commendation.
After a 7.8 earthquake struck the Philippines – triggering the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo- James participated in the evacuation of 20,000 Philippine and US Nationals from what was to be the largest terrestrial eruption in recent memory as part of Operation Fiery Vigil. During this operation James was able to put all of his combat and medical training into one situation. As part of this mission he received the Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal for direct support and participation. James regards this as one of the single most significant missions in his military career, showing what a few good Marines and Sailors could do by saving several lives from certain peril. “Just to see the gratitude in their eyes was the best reward one could get, but the medal only goes to serve as a reminder of the event and the time, when our actions were most noble”, says James.
Mr. Houston received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey. After completing his formal Physician Assistant training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/Seton Hall University program with honors, James reunited with the US military, this time as a First Lieutenant in the US Army Medical Service Corps. His last duty assignment was the Assistant Officer In Charge/Assistant Flight Surgeon for an Apache Helicopter Squadron.
When asked what would be his favorite life quote, without hesitation, Mr. Houston replied “I have never seen a wild thing feel sorry for itself, a bird will fall frozen dead from the bough without ever once feeling sorry for itself.” D. L. Lawrence