James S. St. Louis, D.O. performs minimally invasive spine procedures at Physician Partner of America’s two Tampa locations. He is board certified in Orthopedic Surgery by the American Board of Physician Specialists, and is the surgical founder of Laser Spine Institute in Tampa.
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 Florida 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 has also worked in private practice.
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 believes in making the patient a partner in the decision-making process.
“As a surgeon and physician, it is important to listen closely to the patient and completely understand their reason for their appointment,” he says. “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.”