James Santos, MD
Dr. Jim Santos joined Spine Colorado in June 2015.
Dr. Santos is a board-certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation physician. He focuses his practice in the restoration of function and nonsurgical management of back and neck pain. Dr. Santos engages his patients to participate in treatment decisions and long-term recovery and pain prevention through a combination of diet, exercise and education. While Dr. Santos is proficient in the use of interventional spinal injections and procedures for diagnostic and therapeutic benefit, he uses such techniques only to facilitate the transition of the patient regaining control over his or her condition. He is also able to perform electrodiagnostic studies for the diagnosis of nerve and muscle disorders.
Dr. Santos received his bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Texas in 1985, and went on to received a Doctorate of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) in 1990, before continuing his education and earning his medical degree (M.D.) in 1994 at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. During his proud service to our country in the United States Navy, Dr. Santos counts among his many achievements an internship in internal medicine at the Naval Medical Center in Oakland, California, becoming an Undersea Medical Officer and a certified U.S. Navy diver. As a lieutenant commander, Dr. Santos served as the Department Head of the Naval Branch Health Clinic in Portsmouth, New Hampshire from 1996 to 1998. He went on to complete his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation in 2001 from the University of Utah. Before joining SpineColorado Dr. Santos practiced at New Mexico Orthopedics in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Dr. Santos’ personal interests include rock and ice climbing, mountaineering, cycling and snowboarding.