James B. Billys, M.D.

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“I believe in open communication. My goal is for my patients to really understand their issues, and the treatment options open to them.”

Assisted by 

Charles Procuniar, ARNP
Laura Pulido, ARNP

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James B. Billys, M.D., practices out of the Brandon and Sun City Center clinic locations. Prior to joining FOI, Dr. Billys was an orthopedic surgeon at Orthopaedic Associates Medical Clinic in Visalia, California.

Dr. Billys is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame and his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. Dr. Billys completed his internship in general and thoracic surgery as well as his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the Duke University Medical Center.

Dr. Billys is fellowship trained in three areas. The first is Immunology Research at Duke University, the second is Hand and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery at the Davies Medical Center in San Francisco, and the third is Spine Surgery at Stanford University.


  • Medical Degree, Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College
  • Residency, Duke University Health System, Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Fellowship, Duke University, Immunology Research
  • Fellowship, California Pacific Medical Center, Davies Campus, Hand and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery
  • Fellowship, Stanford University, Spine

Featured News Stories



I would like everyone to know how amazing Dr. Billys and his wonderful staff are. They all worked together to make me as comfortable as can be. I can never express how grateful I am to all of them but especially Dr.Billys whom I have found always has time for me - my concerns are his concerns.. What a Dr! He gives up front answers and solutions. I will always be gratefull for the pain he has relieved me of and for always understanding the levels of pain I went through. Thank You SOOOOOOOO much Dr. Billys - You are my hero.

Mary Floyd

I can’t remember the last time I felt compelled to write a Thank You note to an organization with which I’ve done business.  But then again, the service and care I’ve received from Dr. Billys’ team is worth writing home about.  Every time I come to your office in Brandon, there’s an unbelievable flurry of activity surrounding Dr. Billys; there are patients everywhere; in the lobby… in the halls… in patient rooms… in the x-rays area… well, you get the picture.  But no matter how busy you all are, I’ve always been treated with utmost respect and courtesy.  But that’s not what really prompted me to write this note.  What truly amazes me about Dr. Billys’ team is that despite being covered up with so many patients all day long, every single time I’ve left messages for Louann, Melissa or Laura to call me, they ALWAYS call me back -- sometimes immediately, sometimes by the end of the day – but they always do call back.  WOW!  Do you guys know how rare that is in today’s world?!?!  We all have left messages for people to call us back, and more often than not, our calls go un-returned… and if we’re lucky enough to get a call back, it is days later.  Invariably, when I talk to Laura or Melissa they’re always pleasant, reassuring and ready to help with whatever I need related to my post-surgery questions and concerns.  Louann is simply awesome in handling everything else.  She always has my information at her fingertips, she remembers what we talked about last, what I’m presently taking, the phone number of my pharmacy, what is working and what isn’t, etc. etc.  Truly amazing professionals!  And last but not least, is Dr. Billys.  After doing my pre-surgery research, I knew he was the one.  But it wasn’t until after my surgery that I realized how good he really is.  His knowledge, skills and impeccable bedside manners really put him in a league of his own.  My wife Coky and I love how he takes all the time in the world to answer each and every question or concern we have.  I personally enjoy his fishing stories.  Anyway, sorry for the long winded note.  I guess it goes to show how blessed I feel that you guys have my back – pun intended.

 Oh... I almost forgot, it has been 6 months since my five-level XLIF surgery and I'm 100% pain free.  Not only that, I'm walking 2 to 3 miles every day; working out at the gym; and already played 2 rounds of golf.  Life is slowly but surely returning to "better" than normal.  Prasie the Lord!

 Leo A.Hurtado

Once again, I have to praise Dr. James Billy's for getting to the heart of my neck issues. What I find so compassionate about Dr. Billy's, is he gives you the truth. He wants nothing more than to help people! He did not push big surgeries on me and he ensures you get the best choices, and that you understand each and every step. I have had three good spine docs, but No one compares to Dr. Billy's . Thanks for all you do for me and Tim.

Phyllis Occhicone-Decker

This was the first time I met Dr Billys since my previous spine surgeon, the great and late Dr. Castellvi. I found Dr. Billys to be a very experienced spine Doctor and was very happy to meet him and get him caught up with my case. I found him to be very polite and willing to listen to me instead of saying just a few words and leaving. I believe he is very passionate with his patients, and I am also so happy that Charles Procuniar is now assisting Dr. Billys. Charles is a wonderful caring ARNP and I know he goes out of his way to help the patients. I was a little skeptic at first, but I saw that Charles was assisting Dr. Billys, so that made me feel even more comfortable, since he knew all my history since I have first been a patient of Dr. Castellvi. Thank you Dr. Billys and Charles Procuniar for all that you have done for me and other patients.

deborah Poutre

It's been a few years since my back surgery. I had a herniated disc in the L5-S1 region of my back. Three things stick out the most from my experience with Florida Orthopedic Institute and Dr. Billys.
1. When I went to the appointment at Florida Orthopedic the doctor I saw did not specialize in the condition I had, herniated disc in the L5-S1 region. Due to this he was able to get me to see Dr. Billys in the same visit even though I was not scheduled to see him. I cannot say enough thanks for being able to see Dr. Billys that day as it got the ball rolling on some much needed pain relief.
2. After doing the require tests; MRI, nerve conduction study, etc.. Dr. Billys didn't seem to mind taking time to explain any question I asked for thing like recovery time, chance for failure, possible re-occurrence etc.. He may seem short and to the point but he give you all the information you need and more.
3. The biggest thing is on the day of my back surgery I did not bring my MRI to the hospital the surgery was being performed at, the hospital did not mention the need to bring them in. Dr. Billys and team waited until some brought them to the hospital.
It's been a few years since my surgery and I'm still pain free, I would recommend Florida Orthopedic institute to treat anyone with the type of pain I was having and I would especially recommend Dr. Billys for spine related problems.