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Wellness Center San Antonio
Medical Spa San Antonio

4499 Medical Drive #225, San Antonio, Texas 78229  210.616.0836






Charles B. Christian, Jr. M.D.


Dr. Christian was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and attended the United States Air Force Academy graduating with a B.S. in Engineering Science in 1966.  After 3 years of active duty in the Air Force as a Combat Control Officer, he was selected in 1969, under Air Force sponsorship, to attend Medical School at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.  During Medical School, influenced by Pioneer Heart Surgeon, Dr. John W. Kirklin, he made his decision to pursue Cardiothoracic Surgery.


From 1973-1978 he performed his Straight Surgery Internship and General Surgery Residency at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio .


His Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency was completed in 1980 at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio (William Stanford M.D.) which included additional training St. Luke's of Milwaukee (Derward Lepley M.D., Robert Flemma M.D. and Donald Mullen M.D.).


He had Post Graduate rotations in 1981 observing and learning from Cardiac Surgeons at Boston Children's Hospital (Aldo Castenda M.D. and William Norwood M.D.), the University of Alabama Birmingham (John Kirklin M.D. and Al Pacifico M.D.) and Moffitt Hospital at the University of California, San Francisco (Paul Ebert M.D.).


Dr. Christian was appointed Chairman of the Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center Cardiothoracic Surgery Department in 1982 with the rank of Colonel.   He left the Air Force for the private practice of Cardiothoracic Surgery in San Antonio in 1984 and was awarded  the Meritorious Service Medal for Outstanding Service 1973-1984.


He has had a long interest in preventive medicine and he is now serving as the Medical Director of Inside Outside Wellness Center & Medical Spa, a clinic providing Nutritional and Preventive Medicine Services, High Intensity Low Velocity Strength Training, DXA Bone Density, DXA Body Composition and Medical Spa services.


Dr. Christian has a special interest in the prevention and treatment of coronary atherosclerosis, the metabolic syndrome, essential fatty acid metabolism, control of chronic low grade inflammation, optimizing aging, reversal of sarcopenia and dynapenia through Hi-Lo Strength Training, DXA Body Composition & Bone Density evaluation, and nutrition.  


He was a member for 35 years of the Texas Transplant Institute/Methodist Hospital Cardiac Transplantation/Ventricular Assist Device Team and was the Primary Heart Procurement Surgeon for the team having participated in over 500 heart procurements and transplants. He remains on the Affiliate Staff of Methodist Hospital.


Dr. Christian served as the Supervising Physician for the Methodist Hospital Outpatient CardioPulmonary Rehabilitation Program located in Methodist Plaza for 7 years from 2014-2021.  He is a member of the Bexar County Medical Society, Texas Medical Association, The San Antonio Cardiology Society and was Board Certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery during his 40yr active Surgery years 1981-2021.   He was approved by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) as a heart procurement surgeon and remains a member of the Advisory Board of the Texas Organ Sharing Alliance (TOSA).  Dr. Christian began serving on the Board of Directors of the Blood & Tissue Center Foundation in Jan 2016.


Dr. Christian is the only Physician in San Antonio certified by Dr. Barry Sears, the Founder of the Zone Diet, to teach anti-inflammatory nutrition.   Inside Outside was a participant in the Texas Medical Association, American Heart Association “Heart Care Partnership” risk factor management program for coronary artery disease.  He is an Associate Member of the American Society of Nutrition.


He has been in the past a frequent speaker for the American Heart Association and the Mayor's Fit City Initiative on nutrition and the prevention of cardiovascular disease and a served as a member of the Advisory Committee of the San Antonio Mayor's Council on Physical Fitness, a component of the San Antonio Fit City Initiative.


Dr.  Christian and Inside Outside have a very active Community Service initiative, supporting a large variety of Non-Profits through donations to their silent auctions or direct monetary donations, and have been Research Pioneer Level sponsors of the Mind Science Foundation and Non-Voting Grant Contributors (10 Years) of Impact San Antonio.


He has served on the Board of Directors of the Youth Orchestra of San Antonio and was the trip Doctor for the 1992 Germany Tour. He is a Life-Time Member of the Air Force Academy Association of Graduates and the Combat Control Association.


Inside Outside and Dr. Christian have been associated with the University of Texas San Antonio Kinesiology and Public Health Departments since 2008 and have hosted over 80 Interns over the years.


Dr. Christian serves as a High Intensity Strength Training Instructor having completed a SuperSlow Strength Training Instructor Course with Ken Hutchins, the Founder of SuperSlow and SuperStatics, in May 2003.  He is a member of the Drew Baye HIT List Forum for High Intensity Strength Training devotees and a Member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).


Monitoring the Health Triad and More!!


Article, "Strength Training: a strategy to combat the loss of lean mass and strength associated with the Frailty Syndrome", San Antonio Medicine, Dec 2013  .pdf file


Article, "Adventures in Wellness", San Antonio Medicine, Oct 2008 .pdf file


Medical Gazette Profile of  Charles B. Christian, Jr. M.D.   


Laurie Eaton, Medical Gazette Editor, writes about Dr. Christian’s OmegaRx™ Zone Seminar.  


Curriculum Vitae:  Charles B. Christian, Jr. M.D.  




Inside Outside Wellness Center & Medical Spa San Antonio, Texas


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