Medical Providers

Island Health Weight and Wellness is home to a team of experienced weight loss professionals. Each member of our medical staff is dedicated to providing excellent care and focused weight loss strategies to help you achieve a healthier way of life.

James Whynot, MD

Medical Director

James Whynot, MD

A Board Certified Internal Medicine physician, Dr. Whynot specializes in Bariatrics and Medical Informatics. With degrees from Boston College, University of Massachusetts Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nuclear Medicine, Dr. Whynot has developed an in-depth understanding of health and weight loss. He has practiced medicine in Hawaii and Boston for more than 25 years.

As the Medical Director of Island Health Weight & Wellness, Dr. Whynot believes in instituting weight loss programs that treat the physical, psychological, and emotional factors that lead to obesity. By treating obesity in a medical model with a comprehensive approach and in an educational one-on-one setting, Dr. Whynot believes patients are more likely to find long term success. His top priorities are patient satisfaction and quality improvement.

Bruce Wing, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Bruce Wing, PA-COriginally from Maine, Bruce Wing, PA-C and his family live in Kailua. Bruce has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Metropolitan State College of Denver and graduated from Red Rocks Community College with a degree in Physician Assistant Studies in 2007. Bruce has experience providing patient care in an internal medicine clinic and an emergency department, as well as in the acute inpatient setting as a hospitalist. He previously worked at Queens Medical Center as a Physician Assistant in the trauma surgery service and at Pali Momi Medical Center in Aiea. Bruce’s depth of medical knowledge and background working closely with patients with chronic illnesses makes him a strong asset to the Island Health team and an excellent provider of medical weight management therapy.

Bruce’s main areas of professional interest include endocrinology, cardiology, and obesity / weight management. His professional goals are to provide quality care for patients in long term patient/provider relationships and make an impact on his patients’ lives. He believes that long term weight loss can be achieved when treated in a medical setting with supervision and guidance. Bruce enjoys being part of the team dedicated to delivering compassionate healthcare and promoting wellness.

Ed Coltharp, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Ed Coltharp, PA-C

Ed is one of the senior providers at Island Health Weight & Wellness’s sister clinic Alaska Premier Health and a locum tenens Physician Assistant for IHWW. Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Ed is a retired Army Captain with 20 years of active duty in the military. He served as an Army Physician Assistant and combat medic working in trauma and acute/urgent care. Ed served in Operation Desert Storm in 1990 and 1991 attached to the Marine Tiger Brigade in Kuwait. He graduated from the University of Nebraska in 2002 and has been working in Bariatric medicine for six and a half years.

Today, Ed enjoys practicing in a comprehensive family medical setting and engaging his patients with his depth of medical knowledge and ability to inspire patients to take control of their health care. An avid outdoor adventurist, Ed’s favorite things to do are hunting and fishing, going on float trips and biking. He also highly recommends yoga.