Physician Partners of America adds minimally invasive spine surgery through partnership with Dr. James St. Louis: 5 key notes

James St. Louis, DO, joined Physician Partners of America and will treat patients at two locations in Tampa, Fla.


Here are five things to know:

1. PPOA is entering the spine field through their partnership with Dr. St. Louis, which will complement the company's interventional pain management services.

2. Dr. St. Louis is a spine surgeon and co-founder of Laser Spine Institute, a Tampa-based spine surgical center company with locations across the country. In his new role with PPOA, Dr. St. Louis will see patients at two locations in Tampa on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

3. Prior to founding Laser Spine Institute, Dr. St. Louis was the director of cardiac rehabilitation and exercise physiology at Houston-based Brooke Army Medical Center as well as the chief of surgery at Oldsmar, Fla.-based Woodlands Medical Center.

4. Dr. St. Louis completed his doctorate of osteopathic medicine at the University of Health Sciences Osteopathic Medical School in Kansas City, Mo. His additional training includes orthopedic residencies at Fort Louis, Wash., and Kennedy Medical Center in Cherry Hill, N.J.

5. As a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics and American Medical Society, Dr. St. Louis will bring his expertise to PPOA.

"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 PPOA President and CEO Tracie Lawson.

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