James Bruffey, MD

As an orthopedic surgeon, James Bruffey, MD, treats a variety of diseases and conditions of the musculoskeletal system with expertise in the following areas:

  • Lumbar and cervical disc herniations
  • Adult spondylolisthesis and degenerative scoliosis
  • Post-traumatic spinal conditions
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Cervical myelopathy and radiculopathy
  • Adjacent segment disease after fusion, revision surgery and spinal fractures related to osteoporosis
  • Tumor and trauma

Additionally, his practice includes minimally invasive approaches and techniques for spine surgery, including neural decompression and spinal stabilization via fusion.

Dr. Bruffey has a research focus on fusion outcomes in anterior lumbar spinal surgery, as well as neurologic monitoring and protection for lateral transpsoas based surgical procedures. He also evaluates the effectiveness of specific spinal implants and instruments for fusion and neural decompression, in addition to providing training on surgical techniques.

In order to create optimal long-term outcomes, he believes in providing the best surgical and non-surgical solutions for each patient’s spinal problems. He also understands the importance of spending the time to make sure patients fully understand their problems and symptoms, so they can make meaningful and well-informed choices in their care.

In his spare time he enjoys snowboarding, reading and spending time with his family.


  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine

Areas of Expertise

  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery, Spine

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, 2002

Medical Education

  • Ohio State University College of Medicine, MD, 1994


  • University of California, San Diego, Orthopaedic Surgery, 1999


  • Scripps Clinic, Orthopaedic Surgery, Spine, 2000