Born in Chicago, Jim Webster was educated at the University of Chicago and Northwestern Medical School. After spending time in Philadelphia, a tour in the US Army and a NIH Pulmonary Fellowship, he returned to Chicago. He eventually became a tenured Professor of Medicine. He served as Chief of in-patient medicine at Northwestern for 15 years, led the Buehler Center on Aging for 10 years, was Governor of the American College of Physicians for Illinois, and Executive Director of the Chicago Institute of Medicine. He also served as President of the Chicago Board of Health for nine years where he was active in making the city of Chicago smoke-free, reducing gun violence, and improving health coverage for underserved/ minority populations.
Jim Webster has written over 100 peer-reviewed publications, a novel, numerous crank letters, and op-ed pieces which have been published in the New York Times, Chicago’s Tribune and Sun Times and Santa Fe and Albuquerque newspapers. He currently serves on the New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence (NMPGV) as well as the Board of The Santa Fe Symphony.