James Budny

James L. Budny

James L. Budny MD, FACS

UBMD Neurosurgery

Accepting new patients by referral only

Professional Summary:

Dr. Budny attended medical school and completed his residency training in neurosurgery at University at Buffalo and obtained fellowship training in neurovascular surgery at the University of Western Ontario.

Following his fellowship training in 1979, Dr. Budny joined the staff of University at Buffalo Neurosurgery. Since then, he has been an active and integral component of the department’s research, clinical and academic programs.

Over the last 30 years, Dr. Budny has served as investigator for numerous groundbreaking trials to study the surgical treatment of cerebrovascular disease, including the bypass, CREST, CARESS, NASCET, COSS and VIVA studies. Clinically, his interests lie in all aspects of spinal surgery, carpal tunnel, ulnar neuropathy, peripheral neuropathy, vagal nerve stimulator, cerebrovascular, neuroendocrine and CT-guided stereotactic neurosurgery.

Dr. Budny has traveled twice, as a private citizen, to Tuzla, Bosnia to train local neurosurgeons in carotid endarterectomies and transsphenoidal surgical procedures.

Dr. Budny is certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, and is a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). He also serves as chairman of the Millard Fillmore Gates Operating Room Committee and as president of the Kaleida Health Medical Staff.

Dr. Budny holds the rank of colonel in the United States Army Reserve. In 2008, he volunteered four months of his time to providing expert neurosurgical treatment to the soldiers and civilian casualties at 332nd Theater Hospital at Camp Anaconda in Balad, Iraq. In October 2012, Dr. Budny embarked upon a four-month tour in Landstuhl, Germany with the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps. He is stationed at the Landstuhl Regional Medical and is responsible for providing neurosurgical treatment to soldiers who have been wounded during combat in Afghanistan.

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Insurance Accepted:

  • Aetna U.S. Healthcare
  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of WNY Inc
  • CIGNA HealthCare
  • Community Blue (HMO)
  • Community Blue Advantage
  • Empire
  • Fidelis
  • Independent Health Association (HMO)
  • Independent Health Medisource
  • Magnacare
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Nofault
  • NYS Medicaid
  • Preferred Care
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Tricare
  • TriCare/Champus
  • United Healthcare
  • Univera Health Care (HMO)
  • Veterans Administration
  • Workers Comp

Board Certifications:

  • Board Certification, American Board of Neurological Surgery
  • License to Practice Medicine, New York State

Education and Training:

  • Residency, Neurosurgery, SUNY at Buffalo (1979)
  • Fellowship, Microvascular Neurosurgery, University of Western Ontario (1979)
  • MD, State University of New York at Buffalo (1974)
  • Internship, Surgery, Neurology, Neuropathology, Neurosurgery, Millard Fillmore Hospital/SUNY at Buffalo

Research Profile:

This UBMD physician is also a member of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, teaching the next generation of doctors and researching to advance care in WNY and beyond. Learn more about this physician’s research and teaching activities, as well as view credentials, publications, professional involvement and more below.

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