Dr. James Awarded Board Certification

Fairway Medical Surgical Hospital is proud to announce Jeremy R. James, MD has received his board certification in Orthopaedic Surgery from The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS). Board certification is a major career milestone for any doctor—and it is exciting news for Northshore patients. ABOS board certification means DISC of Louisiana patients receive the highest level of medical care available.

I had to defend my surgical cases so my peers could confirm I’m treating patients within the highest standard of care for their specific conditions.Jeremy R. James, MD

What is Board Certification?

Aren’t all doctors board certified, you might wonder? Well, it would be great if that were the case, but the answer is no. Doctors must hold a medical license in order to practice.  They earn this license after graduating from medical school and passing a written test. But a medical license isn’t the same as being board certified.

“A medical license is given to any doctor—it’s not specific to any specialty of medicine,” says Dr. James.
“A board certification is specific to your field of practice. Every specialty, from internal medicine to OB-GYN, has a different test and requirements to become board certified.”

While it isn’t mandatory for doctors to be board certified, many hospitals require surgeons to be board eligible or board certified. And given the option to choose your surgeon, you should always opt for one who is board certified.

Why Board Certification is Important

If a doctor is board certified, it means other board certified physicians have examined their case history and agreed they are treating their patients with the highest level of care—care that has its foundation in evidence-based medicine.

To earn his board certification, Dr. James completed medical school at LSU Health Sciences Center, a combined Orthopaedic/Neurosurgery fellowship at the Spine Institute of Arizona, a year of practice, a written test, and an examination by his peers at the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS). The ABOS oversees all orthpaedic education and set the requirements for board certification.

Not only are these peers board certified, they’ve also completed ABOS re-certification—which means they’ve all been certified for more than 10 years. “I had to defend my surgical cases so my peers could confirm I’m treating patients—both non-operatively and operatively—within the highest standard of care for the conditions they have,” Dr. James says.

To maintain his board certification, Dr. James will attend one to two conferences a year, where he refreshes his knowledge and learns about the latest advances in spine care.

About Dr. James

Dr. James’ area of expertise is in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. This approach provides smaller incisions, reduces the risk of infection, minimizes postoperative discomfort, and results in shorter recovery times.

Dr. James’ offers non-operative and operative treatment of spinal disorders in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, including, but not limited to, neck and arm pain, back and leg pain, herniated discs, stenosis, spondylolisthesis, degenerative disc disease, sciatica, vertebral compression fractures, spinal trauma, and scoliosis. As a Northshore spine surgeon, Dr. James understands neck, arm, back and leg pain is a life altering condition that can decrease quality of life. Dr. James provides spine care individualized to each patient based on his or her expectations and goals.

Fellowship Training

“Fellowship Trained” means Dr. James has completed a combined Orthopaedic/Neurosurgery fellowship at the Spine Institute of Arizona. During his intensive fellowship Dr. James gained further knowledge about the treatment of disorders of the spine, as well as, minimally invasive spine surgery. The Spine Institute of Arizona has been a leading innovator of spinal devices and has developed minimally invasive techniques that have been adopted all around the world.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Dr. James’ training included both non-operative and operative treatment of degenerative and traumatic disease of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine including microsurgery, minimally invasive surgery, traditional “open” surgery as well as motion preservation of the spine. He is an active member of the Louisiana Orthopaedic Association, Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, North American Spine Society and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Jeremy R. James, MD | Board Certified Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeon