Dr. James St. Louis, surgical founder of Laser Spine Institute, joins Physician Partners of America

In PPOA Corporate News


Physician Partners of America (PPOA) is proud to announce James S. St. Louis, D.O., a world-renowned minimally invasive spine surgeon, will join the company on Jan. 2, 2018 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 company’s new venture into minimally invasive spine surgery as an offshoot of 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 is important for the patient to feel as though 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.”

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.

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.


Holly Self is a Graphic Design Specialist for Physician Partners of America. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., Physician Partners of America (PPOA) is a fast-growing national healthcare company committed to combatting the opioid crisis through interventional pain management. Founded in 2013 with three employees, it has rapidly grown to more than 500, and manages a wide range of medical practices.

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