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James Hicks, M.D.

James Hicks, M.D.

Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon

As a fellowship-trained spine surgeon, I have spent my professional life focused on complex surgeries while guided by a philosophy of providing excellent, compassionate care to my patients. My goal is to ensure the optimal health and functionality of the spine utilizing the latest advancements in both non-operative and operative spine care—helping my patients get back to their previous function and quality of life, if not even better.

Dr. James Hicks
The Spine Institute at Baldwin Bone & Joint
Our fellowship-trained team offers patients faster relief from pain through minimally-invasive spine surgeries that feature smaller incisions, shorter hospital stays and quicker recovery times as compared to traditional open back surgeries.

Meet Dr. James Hicks

Dr. James Hicks brings an experienced, committed, highly trained focus on complex surgeries – including motion preservation surgery – to the specialized team at The Spine Institute at Baldwin Bone & Joint.


B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Georgia
Athens, GA, 2013

Medical School

Medical College of Georgia
Augusta, GA, 2017

Orthopaedic Residency

University of Alabama Birmingham
Birmingham, AL, 2022


Complex & Minimally Invasive Spine Fellowship
Swedish Hospital
Seattle, WA, 2023

Certificate and Licensure
  • Washington State Medical License 2022-Present
  • Alabama State Medical License 2018-Present
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) 2017-Present
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) 2017-Present
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) 2016-Present
  • Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • AO Spine
  • North American Spine Society

Motion Preservation Surgery

Motion preservation surgery is an alternative to traditional spinal fusion surgery. It aims to preserve the natural movement of the spine. It involves replacing a damaged disc with an artificial one or decompressing the spinal nerves while leaving the vertebrae mobile.
The Spine Institute at Baldwin Bone & Joint