James Loomis, M.D.: Directing a New Approach to Medical Practice

The Physicians Committee

James Loomis, M.D.: Directing a New Approach to Medical Practice

James F. Loomis Jr., M.D., used Physicians Committee nutrition resources during his transition to a plantbased diet in 2011. Now—after losing more than 60 pounds and improving his cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure— he is the medical director of the Physicians Committee’s Barnard Medical Center, where nutrition is just one of the tools he and his team use to help patients get healthy and stay that way.

“I am so excited about being part of this team. I think we really have an opportunity to change the paradigm of how we prevent, treat, and reverse chronic disease using lifestyle, especially plantbased nutrition, as medicine,” says Dr. Loomis, who was formerly the director of prevention and wellness at St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.

“As I incorporated plant-based nutrition as the cornerstone of my medical practice at St. Luke’s, many of my patients experienced the same lifesaving health improvements that transformed my own life,” adds Dr. Loomis, who was also the team internist for the St. Louis Rams football team and the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, and the tour physician for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Loomis received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and graduated with honors. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. He is board certified in internal medicine and was on the clinical faculty of the Department of Internal Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine.

Dr. Loomis also received an MBA from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis. When not practicing medicine, Dr. Loomis enjoys reading history books, cooking, and teaching plant-based cooking classes. He also enjoys running, biking, and swimming, and has completed numerous half-marathons, marathons, and triathlons.


James Loomis, M.D.