James B. Blankenship, MD

James B. Blankenship, MD
James B. Blankenship, MD

Specializes in Neurosurgery. Surgical Specialist

The son of two public school teachers, I was born September 2, 1960 in Melbourne, Arkansas, and I have lived in the state all my life. I graduated from Melbourne High School in 1978 as valedictorian, and then attended The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, from which I graduated with high honors in chemistry in 1982. Medical school at UAMS followed shortly thereafter. In 1986, I graduated from med school sixth in my class and subsequently completed a one year internship in general surgery at UAMS, followed by a five-year residency in neurosurgery. After completion in 1992, I began my lifelong dream of opening a private practice in Fayetteville where I have since remained.

My first and foremost passion is my family. My wife, Rachel, and I have been together for over 17 years. I have one child from a previous marriage, Blair. She is 21 and a junior at the University of Arkansas where she is in the honor’s college and on the dean’s list. My other two children, Holden, age twelve, and Griffin, age nine, attend The New School in Fayetteville and keep us quite busy. Rachel ran my practice for many years, but has “retired” to be a stay-at-home mom, and she is wonderful at it. Holden is a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, but his current passion is in basketball. Griffin is currently a first-degree black belt. He also is very active in basketball. Both boys are perpetual members of the academic honor roll at school. Needless to say, I am proud of my family.

As a result of my boy’s drive in martial arts, I have fulfilled a lifelong dream: becoming a black belt. I was awarded my first-degree black belt in June of 2010, reaching my goal of black belt before the age 50. My new goal is to reach a fourth-degree by age 55. Currently, I am a third-degree and will test for fourth in June of 2016. I have also in my midlife become an avid weight lifter and fitness “freak.”

A die hard Razorback fan, our family attends many home football and basketball games. Some of my fondest memories from my childhood are of my parents driving me to Fayetteville to see a Razorback football game and then driving the four hours back that night listening to scores on AM radio.

I am very passionate about my work. I do not believe that you can be successful at treating painful spinal disorders without drive and passion. I made the commitment to focus only on the spine fifteen years ago. I felt it was necessary to get additional certifications by the American Board of Pain Medicine and the American Board of Spinal Surgeons in addition to my board certification by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons. Although at the time I did not realize it, I became the only physician in America who is board certified by all three of those organizations. Focusing and limiting my practice has bettered my ability to take care of my patients and has also allowed me more time to spend with my family. At this time, the area of spine care is so vast, I do not believe that you can be dedicated to your treatment if you also focus on other areas of the body. I do miss doing brain surgery, but my patients benefit greatly from my focus and education being solely on spine.

In order to have more control over the care and treatment of our patients, I spearheaded the group of doctors that built Physician’s Specialty Hospital in April 2009. We feel we have created an environment that will best serve our patients and provide state of the art treatment. It has also allowed me to bring the XLIF procedure to Northwest Arkansas. No other hospital would purchase the equipment due to cost. The ability to control what is available to treat our patients, regardless of the profit margin, is one of the main reasons our group of physicians built this hospital.

In early 2010, the Society of Lateral Access Surgeons honored me by asking me to become a faculty member for the organization. I now teach the XLIF procedure to surgeons from across the country and world.

Thank you taking time to learn a little about me. I hope if you do have problems with your back or neck, you get in to see someone qualified and trained to treat you as an individual and not just the next patient on a list or a potential surgical candidate.

Personal

    • Date and Place of Birth:
    • September 2, 1960
      Batesville, Arkansas
    • Office Address:
    • 2793 Millennium Drive, Suite 1
      Fayetteville, Arkansas 72703
      Website: neurosurgerycenter.net
      (479) 582-9025 phone
      (479) 582-1572 fax

Education

  • University of Arkansas
    Fayetteville, Arkansas
    1978-1982 B.A. Chemistry with High Honors
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
    Little Rock, Arkansas
    1982-1986 Doctor of Medicine

Post Graduate Training

    • Internship:
    • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
      Department of General Surgery 1986-87
    • Residency:
    • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Department of
      Neurological Surgery 1987-92

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Neurological Surgeons
    May 1995
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine
    February 2001
  • American Board of Pain Medicine
    February 2003
  • American Board of Spine Surgery
    October 2004

Fellowships

  • American College of Spine
    Surgeons, January 2005
  • American College of Surgeons
    October 1996

License

Arkansas

Appointments

  • Medical Executive Committee
    Washington Regional Medical Center
    1996-1998
  • Chief of Neurological Surgery
    Washington Regional Medical Center
    1998-1999
  • Board of Directors, Decision Point, Inc.
    January 2000-2002
  • Chairman, Board of Directors
    Physician’s Surgery Center
    2005-Present
  • Chairman, Board of Directors
    Physician’s Specialty Hospital
    2008-Present
  • Chief of Surgery
    Physician’s Specialty Hospital
    2008-Present

Hospital Affiliations

  • Washington Regional Medical Center
    Fayetteville, Arkansas 1992-Present
  • Physicians Specialty Hospital
    Fayetteville, Arkansas 2008-Present

Professional Organizations

  • Pain Section, American Association of
    Neurological Surgeons 2004-Present
  • American College of Spine Surgeons
    2003-Present
  • American Academy of Pain Medicine
    2001-Present
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine
    1999-Present
  • North American Spine Society
    1999-Present
  • Spine Section, American Association of Neurological
    Surgeons 1995-Present
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
    1993-Present
  • Congress of Neurosurgeons
    1995-Present
  • American Medical Association
    1986-Present
  • Arkansas Medical Society
    1986-Present

Awards and Honors

  • Alpha Epsilon Delta
    National Pre-medical Honor Society
  • Phi Beta Kappa
    University of Arkansas
  • Graduated with High Honors in Chemistry
    University of Arkansas, 1982
  • UAMS Barton Scholar
    1983-84, 1984-85, and 1985-86
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
    Honor Medical Society
    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Graduated sixth of 120, University of Arkansas For Medical
    Sciences, 1986

Current Continuing Ed.

  • Critical Evaluation of Motion Sparing
    Technologies (Artificial Discs)
    North American Spine Society
    October 2004
    7.5 hrs. Category I cme
  • North American Spine Society
    19th Annual Meeting
    Chicago Illinois
    October 2004
    24.25 hrs. Category I cme
  • Orthopedic MRI 2005
    22nd Annual Meeting
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    15 hrs. Category I cme
  • North American Spine Society
    20th Annual Meeting
    September 2005
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    24.25 Category I cme
  • Neurology Update
    August 2005
    Dallas Texas
    10 Category I cme
  • CT and MRI Imaging 2006
    Institute for Advanced Medical Education
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    May 2006
    19 Category I cme
  • Trauma Review
    American Seminar Institute
    July 5-8, 2006
    10 hrs Category I cme
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
    2006 General Scientific Session
    Chicago, Illinois
    24 hrs Category I cme
  • American Association of
    Neurological Surgeons
    Annual Meeting April 2007
    20 hrs. Category I cme
  • Modern Techniques and Future
    Trends in Lumbar Interbody Fusion
    AANS April 2007
    4.5 hrs. Category I cme
  • XLIF Training Course
    Nuvasive, San Diego
    December 2007
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons Section
    On Pain 2008 Biennial Meeting
    “Back Pain: Understanding Causes
    And Treatment”
    April 2008
    7.25 hrs. Category I cme
  • American Association of
    Neurological Surgeons
    2008 Annual Meeting
    April, 2008
    20.25 hrs. Category I cme
  • XLIF Advanced Course
    Nuvasive, San Diego
    August, 2008
  • Practical Approach to Musculoskeletal MRI
    Duke University School of Medicine
    October, 2008
    20 hrs. Category I
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
    2009 Annual Meeting
    February 2009
    20 hrs. Category I cme
  • Federation of Spine Associations
    Annual meeting
    February 2009
    8.5 hrs. Category I cme
  • Musculoskeletal and Neuroradiology
    January 2010
    15 hrs Category I cme
  • Society of Lateral Access Surgery
    Annual Research Meeting
    April 2010
  • Society of Lateral Access Surgery
    Annual Research Meeting
    April 2010
  • North American Spine Society
    Annual Meeting
    October 2010
    26.75 CME
  • American Seminar
    Pain Management Review
    20 CME
  • Society of Lateral Access Surgeons
    Annual Faculty Meeting
    San Diego, California
    January 2011
  • Educational Symposia
    Strategies for Successful Radiology Practices
    April, 2011
    17.25 CME
  • 2011 North American Spine Society
    Pre-annual meeting MRI course
    3.75 Category I CME
  • 2011 North American Spine Society
    Annual Meeting
    24 Category I CME
  • iFuse SI joint fusion course
    December, 2011
  • Society of Lateral Access Surgeons
    Annual Meeting
    May 2012
  • Society of Lateral Access Surgeons
    Annual Faculty Meeting
    May 2012
  • Pain Week
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    September 2012
  • North American Spine Society
    2012 Annual Meeting
    22 Category I CME
  • AEI Orthopedic and Pain Review
    20 Category I CME
    2013
  • Atlas and Som: Neuroradiology of the Head
    And Neck, March 6-8, 2014
    Las Vegas Nevada
    18.25 Category I CME
  • AANS Pain Section Meeting
    April, 2014
    San Francisco, CA
    7.5 Category I CME
  • AANS Annual Meeting
    April, 2014
    San Francisco, CA
    21 Category I CME
  • AEI Neurology Review
    10 Category I CME
  • North American Spine Society
    Annual Meeting, Nov 2014
    27.75 Category I CME

Presentations

  • XLIF MVP Course, Instructor
    January 2011
  • XLIF MVP Course, Instructor
    August 2011
  • “XLIF Outcomes and Complications”
    Society of Lateral Access Surgeons
    Annual Meeting
    May 2012

Publications

  • Whitfill, Blankenship, et.al.: Time Course of Production of Low Molecular Weight Viral-neutralizing Substances. Immunogenetics, 1983, 17:387-97
  • Murphy, Blankenship, et.al. Computer Angiotomography of a Bleeding Intracranial Aneurysm. Journal of the Arkansas Medical Society, 1989, 86:197-99
  • Crabtree, Blankenship, et.al. Transcranial Doppler Ultrasonography for the Evaluation of Shunt Malfunction. Child’s Nervous System, 1991, 7:27-30.
  • Blankenship, Chadduck, et.al. Repair of Compound-Depressed Skull Fractures in Children with Replacement of Bone Fragments. Child’s Nervous System, 1990, 16: 297-300.
  • Chadduck, Blankenship, et. al. Meningioma and Sagittal Craniosynostosis in an Infant. Neurosurgery, 1992, 30: 441-442.

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