Dr. Plas T. James, MD, Atlanta, GA, 30342

Here at the Atlanta Spine Institute, we center our practice on the utmost respect of the patient and the patient's best interest by offering invasive and non-invasive procedures targeted toward positive spine health. Whether you, as the patient, are experiencing lower back and neck pain, suffering from a crooked spine (scoliosis), or have a work-related injury or sports injury, the Atlanta Spine Institute offers some of the most advanced treatments. The Atlanta Spine Institute specializes in the use of cutting-edge, minimally invasive techniques and methods to perform adult reconstructive procedures for the correction of cervical and lumbar spinal disorders. Minimally invasive techniques permit smaller incisions and less trauma to the surrounding tissue, often allowing recovery periods to be shorter and less painful.

Dr. Plas T. James is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and the American Board of Spine Surgery. He served as Chief of Orthopaedics at West Paces Medical Center from 1995 - 1997. Dr. James established the Atlanta Spine Institute in 1996. His hospital affiliations in Atlanta include St. Joseph's Hospital, The Atlanta Medical Center, and Southern Regional Hospital.

Dr. James maintains a rigorous schedule outside of his practice. His interest in sports medicine inspired him to become involved with treating professional and high caliber amateur athletes. Dr. James served as team physician and orthopedic spine surgeon for the NHL Atlanta Thrashers from 1999-2011. He also served as team physician and orthopedic spine surgeon for the NFL Atlanta Falcons from 2004-2011. Dr. James continues to serves as the orthopedic spine consultant for the Atlanta Falcons. He also served as the team physician for the 2000 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships, Georgia Games Amateur Boxing, the USA Boxing Association, and the Holyfield-Frazier boxing event.

Doctor Quote

To give the absolute gold standard in spinal care and, if surgery is warranted, to do the least amount and perform the least invasive surgical procedure to fix the problem, with an eye on the patient's future spine health.

Type of Spine Professional

  • Orthopedic Surgeon

Areas of Expertise


  • Cervical Spine Disorders
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spinal Conditions
  • Herniated Disc / Bulging Disc
  • Kyphosis
  • Lumbar Spine Disorders
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sciatica / Radiculopathy
  • Scoliosis and Deformity
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Thoracic spine disorders


  • Artificial Disc Replacement - Lumbar
  • Discectomy
  • IDET
  • Laminectomy / Decompression Surgery
  • Lower Back Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Neck Surgery
  • Physical Therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Upper Back Surgery


Languages Spoken: English


  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • American Board of Spine Surgery

Professional Distinctions

  • Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts - Combined Neurosurgical and Orthopaedic Spine Fellowship Program
  • Orthopaedic faculty, Baylor College of Medicine Spine Fellowship Teaching Program
  • Guest lecturer at Harvard Medical School on "Lumbar Spine Trauma" and presenter on "Intradiscal Electrothermal Therapy" before the Atlanta Bar Association