Surgical Founder of Laser Spine Institute Joins Physician Partners of America

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James St. Louis, D.O., will perform minimally invasive spine procedures in Florida

James St. Louis, D.O.

Dr. James St. Louis, minimally invasive spine surgeon

It is important for patients to feel that they are part of the team in the decision-making process

Physician Partners of America (PPOA) is proud to announce that world-renowned minimally-invasive spine surgeon James S. St. Louis, D.O., has joined the company and will treat patients at two Tampa locations.

Dr. St. Louis is board certified in Orthopedic Surgery by the American Board of Physician Specialists, and is the surgical founder of Laser Spine Institute in Tampa. His partnership with PPOA represents the healthcare company’s new push into minimally invasive spine procedures in addition to its core practice, interventional pain management.

“Dr. St. Louis’s drive to combine a patient-centric atmosphere with world-class medical care has been a hallmark of his career and meshes perfectly with Physician Partners’ approach to pain management,” said Tracie Lawson, President and COO of PPOA.

“It's important for patients to feel that they are part of the team in the decision-making process,” added Dr. St. Louis. “As a surgeon and physician it is important to listen closely to the patient and completely understand their reason for their appointment. Once you have a complete history then you evaluate the appropriate studies with the patient. When these steps are completed you can then provide the best surgical care for that patient.”

After receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, he earned his medical degree from the University of Health Sciences Osteopathic Medical School in Kansas City, Mo. After joining the United States Army, he completed a rotating internship at Eisenhower Medical Center in Fort Gordon, Ga., and completed orthopedic residencies at Fort Louis, Wash., and at Kennedy Medical Center in Cherry Hill, N.J.

He earned a Meritorious Service Award and Commendation Medal from the Army in 1994. He was appointed by former Governor Charlie Crist to the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine, serving from 2008-2012.

Dr. St. Louis has served in many leadership positions including director of Cardiac Rehabilitation/Exercise Physiology at Brooke Army Medical Center, director of Cardiac Rehabilitation/director of Cardiac Therapeutics in San Antonio, Texas, chief of surgery at Woodland Medical Center, Ala., and medical director of HealthSouth in Pensacola, Fla. He also worked in private practice before founding Laser Spine Institute.

Dr. St. Louis is a member of many medical organizations including the American Osteopathic Association, American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics, American Medical Association and American Association of Physician Specialists.

He will see patients Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the PPOA Orthopedic Suite at 4728 N. Habana Ave., #202; and on Thursdays in its location at 3450 E. Fletcher Ave., Suite #350. Same-day appointments are available. Patients can call, toll free: (844) 925-PAIN (7246).

About Physician Partners of America:

Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., Physician Partners of America (PPOA) is a fast-growing national healthcare company that manages a wide range of medical practices. These include interventional pain management, minimally invasive spinal procedures, orthopedics, psychology, personal injury, Workers’ Compensation, and AAAHC-accredited ambulatory surgery centers and procedure suites. Its ancillary division includes imaging, intraoperative neuromonitoring, medical supply distributorship, pharmacies, a COLA-accredited high-complexity quantitative toxicology lab and a COLA-accredited pharmacogenomics lab.

PPOA was founded in 2013, on the idea of strengthening the doctor-patient relationship and improving patient outcomes by acquiring medical practices and employing partner physicians so they can focus solely on the practice of medicine.

PPOA and its affiliates share a common vision of ensuring the safety and well-being of patients, and providing their physician partners the opportunity to focus solely on the practice of medicine.

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