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Dr. James R. Bean, Neurosurgeon

Introductory Video for Dr. James R. Bean, Neurosurgeon

Presenting "Treatment Guidelines in Workers' Comp"


James R. Bean, MD is a neurosurgeon from Lexington, Kentucky who retired from surgery in April 2020 after 40 years of clinical neurosurgical practice. He attended Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans from 1970-1974 and received neurological surgery residency training at the University of Kentucky A. B. Chandler Medical Center from 1974-1980. After two years on the UK neurosurgery faculty, he practiced neurosurgery with Neurosurgical Associates in Lexington, Ky from 1982-2020. The private group practice was acquired by Central Baptist Hospital in 2012. Throughout his years in practice Dr. Bean routinely treated patients with spinal and nerve injuries treated under Workers Compensation coverage.

Dr. Bean was President of the Kentucky Neurosurgical Society in 1989-90, the Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Staff (Lexington) in 1991, the Lexington Medical Society in 2001, and the American Association of Neurological Surgery (AANS) IN 2008-9. He served also as President of The Physician’s Network, a 350-member physician independent practice association (IPA) from 1994-96 and 2002-7, and as president and chairman of the Board of the Kentucky Region 5 Medicaid Provider Partnership in Lexington from 1997-2000. He served as chairman of the AANS/CNS Council of State Neurosurgical Societies from 1997-1999, the AANS/CNS Coding and Reimbursement Committee from 2000-2002, and the AANS/CNS Washington Committee from 2002-2004, the national political advocacy arm of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS). He has testified on various topics before legislative committees of both the Kentucky legislature in Frankfort and the U.S. Congress House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Bean served as a member of three Kentucky Department of Workers Claims medical advisory committees: the Managed Care Administrative Regulations Advisory Committee in 1994, the Utilization Review Treatment Guidelines Advisory Committee in 2006, and the Medical Advisory Committee considering adoption of treatment guidelines in 2018. He also served as chairman of the Kentucky Health Policy Board’s Acute Low Back Pain Practice Parameters Committee in 1995, resulting in adoption of the state low back pain treatment guidelines by the Dept. of Workers Claims in 1996.

Dr. Bean is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), the Southern Neurosurgical Society, the Western Neurosurgical Society (Honorary), the American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association, the Kentucky Medical Association, and the Lexington Medical Society. He has authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications and served as Section Editor for socioeconomic, political, and legal topics for the World Neurosurgery journal from 2015-2020.

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