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Jason Billinghurst MD, FAAOSBoard Certified Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

Jason Billinghurst MD, FAAOS is a board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon. He treats disorders of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, including degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, disc herniations, radiculopathy, myelopathy, spinal infections, and compression fractures.

Dr. Billinghurst was born and raised in New Jersey and graduated magna cum laude from Rutgers University with a Bachelors of Arts degree. He earned his medical degree from Cornell Medical College. While at Cornell, Dr. Billinghurst was involved in research projects at The Hospital for Special Surgery, the top ranked orthopaedic hospital in the country and at Erasmus University Medical Center’s biomechanics laboratory in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

After medical school Dr. Billinghurst completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at The University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey. He then completed a fellowship in spine surgery at the San Diego Center for Spinal Disorders, where he gained extensive experience treating spinal deformities in both children and adults.

Dr. Billinghurst specializes in Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS). He utilizes innovative techniques that result in less blood loss and post-operative pain, which allows for outpatient surgery, short hospital stays and faster recovery times. Whenever possible, Dr. Billinghurst performs motion preservation surgery, such as disc replacements, which may be associated with better long term outcomes, as compared to fusions. Dr. Billinghurst has extensive experience treating osteoporotic compression fractures with a minimally invasive technique called kyphoplasty in the outpatient setting. He prides himself on giving his patients the best chance to regain function and mobility, and return to active, healthy lifestyles. When non-operative care is appropriate, Dr. Billinghurst works closely with other healthcare providers, including physical therapists, physiatrists, and pain management specialists.

Dr. Billinghurst is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (ABOS). He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (FAAOS) and an active member of the North American Spine Society, the J.Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society, and the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society. He has been invited to speak at numerous local and regional meetings, taught at surgeon educational programs, and provides consulting services to industry on the design and development of spinal surgical devices.

Education

  • Weill Cornell Medical College
    Doctor of Medicine, May 2003
  • Rutgers College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ
    B.A. magna cum laude (Biology), 1998

Honors/Awards

  • National Medical Fellowships Scholar
  • James Dickson Carr Scholar
  • Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholar
  • National Achievement Scholar

Practice, Hospital and ASC Affiliations

  • Sept. 2020 – Present

    IntegraMED SPINE
    4631 N Congress Ave
    West Palm Beach, FL 33407

  • Feb. 2017 – Sept. 2020

    Orthopedic Center of Palm Beach County
    180 JFK Drive
    Atlantis, FL 33462
    Tel: (561) 967-6500 | Fax: (561) 433-4175

  • Dec. 2015 – Present

    Wellington Regional Medical Center
    101011 Forest Hill Boulevard
    Wellington, FL 33414
    Tel: (561) 798-8500

  • Sep. 2015 – Jan. 2017

    Spine & Orthopaedic Specialists of South Florida, LLC
    2047 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, Ste 100
    West Palm Beach, FL 33409
    Tel: (561) 507-0800 | Fax: (855) 264-9434

  • Apr. 2015 – Present

    JFK Medical Center – North Campus
    2201 45th St
    West Palm Beach, FL 33407
    Tel: (561) 842-6141

  • Sep. 2014 – Present

    JFK Medical Center – Main Campus
    5301 S Congress Ave
    Atlantis, FL 33462
    Tel: (561) 965-7300

  • Sep. 2014 – Present

    Aventura Hospital & Medical Center
    20900 Biscayne Blvd
    Aventura, FL 33180
    Tel: (305) 682-7000

  • Nov. 2013 – Aug. 2015

    National Orthopedics and Neurosurgery, P.A.
    3618 Lantana Road, Suite 100
    Lake Worth, FL 33468
    Tel: (561) 296-1188 | Fax (561) 642-8990

  • Nov. 2013 – Jan. 2017

    Central Palm Beach Surgery Center
    2047 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.
    West Palm Beach, FL 33409
    Tel: (561) 721-6880 | Fax: (561) 721-6885

  • Nov. 2012 – Oct. 2013

    ELITE Orthopaedic Associates
    2580 Metrocentre Blvd., Unit 1
    West Palm Beach, Florida 33407
    Tel: (561) 627-2821

  • Nov. 2012 – Apr. 2015

    Good Samaritan Hospital
    1309 North Flagler Drive
    West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
    Tel: (561) 655-5511

  • Nov. 2012 – Aug. 2013

    Lake Worth Surgery Center
    7408 Lake Worth Road.
    Lake Worth, FL 33467
    Tel: (561) 433-5700

  • Nov. 2012 – Oct. 2013

    Ambulatory Surgery Center of Boca Raton, LLC
    d.b.a. SurgiCare of Boca
    1905 Clint Moore Road, Suite 300
    Boca Raton, Florida 33496
    Tel: (561) 544-5501

  • Nov. 2009 – Oct. 2012

    EXCEL Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
    2801 N Decatur Rd, Ste 200
    Decatur, Georgia 30033
    Tel: (404) 296-5005

  • Nov. 2009 – Dec. 2013

    DeKalb Medical Center – North Decatur Campus
    2701 North Decatur Road
    Decatur, Georgia 30033
    Tel: (404) 501-1000

  • Aug. 2008 – Sept 2009

    San Diego Spine Fellowship Program, Clinical Spine Fellow
    4130 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite 300
    La Jolla, CA 92037
    Tel: (858) 554-7988 | Fax: (858) 678-0007

  • July 2004 – June 2008

    Department of Orthopaedics, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)
    Orthopaedic Surgery Resident

  • July 2003 – June 2004

    Department of Surgery, UMDNJ
    General Surgery Intern

  • July 1994 – Aug. 1999

    ETHICON, Inc., Somerville, NJ. Research Technician

    • Wrote and executed protocols evaluating the biocompatibility of medical devices and the materials used in the manufacturing of such devices.
    • Conducted surgical laboratory training sessions, providing a forum for surgeons to develop and practice the latest advances in surgical procedures using ETHICON, Inc. surgical devices.

      - Scoliosis Service, Hospital for Special Surgery.

    • Mechanical Properties of Alginate Gels Used for Chondrocyte Cell-Seeding and Tissue Engineering

      - Orthopaedic Research Lab, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands

    • Intraoperative Visual Evoked Potential Monitoring During Spine Surgery

      - San Diego Center for Spinal Disorders.

    • Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion for Isthmic Spondylolisthesis

      - San Diego Center for Spinal Disorders

    • eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF): Early clinical experience with XLIF for the treatment of spinal deformity and degenerative conditions

      - San Diego Center for Spinal Disorders

Publications

  • Lim M. Green DW. Billinghurst JE. Huang RC. Rawlins BA. Widmann RF. Burke SW. Boachie-Adjei O. Scheuermann kyphosis: safe and effective surgical treatment using multisegmental instrumentation.

    Spine. 29(16):1789-94, 2004 Aug 15.

  • Billinghurst J. Akbarnia BA. Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion - XLIF.

    Current Orthopaedic Practice. 20(3):238-251, June 2009.

  • Mundis G. Akbarnia BA. Billinghurst JE. Haghighi S. Blindness and Visual Evoked Potentials: A novel application of an established technique to monitor intra-operative visual pathways.

    Abstract presented at 44th Annual Scoliosis Research Society Meeting, 9/2009

  • Gornet M.F.,Buttermann G.R.,Wohns R., Billinghurst J., Brett D.C.,Kube R.,Rafe Sales J.,(...),Copay A.G.Safety and efficiency of cervical disc arthroplasty in ambulatory surgery centers vs. hospital settings.

    International Journal of Spine Surgery, October 2018, 12 (5)557-564.

Professional Associations

  • North American Spine Society (NASS)
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (FAAOS)
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society
  • Phi Beta Kappa (Φβκ)
  • INROADS, Central New Jersey Alumni

Conferences and Seminars

  • Hands-on Spine Surgery Review Course, Zimmer Spine, 7/2007
  • Scoliosis Research Society, 43rd Annual Meeting and Course, 9/2008
  • Aging and Complex Spine Summit, Depuy Spine, 10/2008
  • Spine Fellows Summit: Practice Management & Avoiding Complications, Globus Medical, 10/2008
  • Spinal Deformity Tutorial, Depuy Spine, 11/2008
  • Minimally Invasive Solutions, Posterior Cervical, Upper Thoracic, and Lumbar Spine Surgery, Zimmer Spine, 11/2008
  • Spine Fellows Summit – Practice Management & Avoiding Complications, Globus Medical, 11/2008
  • Spine + Science + Management, Medtronic, 11/2008
  • Kyphon Ballon Kyphoplasty Training, Medtronic, 12/2008
  • Minimally Invasive Product Training, Globus Medical, 2/2009
  • Cervical Arthroplasty: Core Education Course, Medtronic, 3/2009
  • 4th Annual Outgoing Fellow’s Program, Stryker Spine, 9/2009
  • Complications in Spine Surgery: A Case Based Approach, Globus Medical, 10/2009
  • Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, 2009 Annual Meeting, 10/2009
  • North American Spine Society, 24th Annual Meeting, 11/2009
  • ProDisc Lumbar Forum, 8/2010
  • North American Spine Society, 26th Annual Meeting, 11/2011
  • North American Spine Society, Lumbar Spinal Injections, 2/2012
  • Zimmer Spine, MIS Solutions, 3/2012
  • Globus Skin-to-Skin MIS LLIF/TLIF Training Program, 6/2012
  • K2M BioSkills Lab, 8/2012
  • LDR VerteBRIDGE Training Lab, 1/2013
  • Globus Medical SECURE-C Cervical Artificial Disc Surgeon Training Program, 3/2013
  • LDR Mobi-C Cervical Disc Training Session, 9/2013
  • North American Spine Society, 28th Annual Meeting, 10/2013
  • K2M Lateral Aleutian Training, 01/2014
  • Alphatec VSP Bioskills Lab, 01/2014
  • North American Spine Society, Advanced Lumbar Spinal Injections, 5/2014
  • North American Spine Society, 29th Annual Meeting, 11/2014
  • Anterior & Posterior Approaches for Lumbar Fusion: Indications and Technique, Aesculap Academy, 6/2014
  • Advancement in TLIF, Stryker Spine, 5/2015
  • North American Spine Society, 30th Annual Meeting, 10/2015
  • Evidence Based Spine Surgery Symposium, Stryker Spine, 3/2016
  • Spine Intervention Society, Cervical Procedures Bio-Skills Course, 4/2016
  • Spine Intervention Society, Advanced Cervical Bio-Skills Course, 11/2016
  • Medtronic Prestige LP 1-Level Online Training, 7/2017
  • Medtronic Navigated RIALTOTechnique Training, 7/2017
  • Medtronic OLIF City Blitz Program, 10/2017
  • Complex Spine and Interventional Pain Symposium & Lab, 11/2017
  • Zimmer Biomet Spine, Mobi-C Masters Training Course, 12/2017
  • Stryker IVS NASS SpineJack Experience, 9/2019
  • North American Spine Society, 29thAnnual Meeting, 9/2019
  • Clinical Professional Development (CPD) Miami X360 Lab, Nuvasive, 9/2019
  • Mazor Robotic Training, Medtronic, 10/2019

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