James Viapiano, MD

Anesthesiology, Non-Operative Spine Medicine


James Viapiano, MD, received his medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington. He completed his internship in internal medicine and residency in anesthesiology at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, also in Burlington.

Dr. Viapiano is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology and is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the South Carolina Medical Society and the South Carolina Society of Anesthesiologists. His specialties and clinical interests include treatment of neck and lower back pain, diagnostic and therapeutic spine injections, radiofrequency ablation, lumbar sympathetic nerve blocks and peripheral nerve and joint injections.

Our Vision: To be known for clinical excellence and remembered for compassionate care.


Education and training

Specialty(s)Anesthesiology, Non-Operative Spine Medicine

Board CertifiedAmerican Board of Anesthesiology

EducationUniversity of Vermont

ResidencyMedical Center Hospital of Vermont

Research and publications
  • Optimization of surgery sequencing and scheduling decisions under uncertainty. View »
    Denton B, Viapiano J, Vogl A
    Health Care Manag Sci. 2007 Feb;10(1):13-24.
  • Operating room utilization: the need for data. View »
    Viapiano J, Ward DS
    Int Anesthesiol Clin. 2000 Fall;38(4):127-40. Review.

Research and Publications

Treatments and services
  • Artificial disc replacement
  • Computer-assisted spine treatment
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Joint injections
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Nerve root blocks
  • Radio frequency oblations
  • Spinal cord stimulators
  • Ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve blocks
Professional associations
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • South Carolina Medical Society
  • South Carolina Society of Anesthesiologists

Our affiliate system

Prisma Health is the largest not-for-profit health organization in South Carolina, serving more than 1.2 million patients annually. Our 30,000 team members are dedicated to supporting the health and well-being of you and your family. Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group will be rebranded at a later date and will continue to operate as a joint venture between the Midlands affiliate and the USC School of Medicine.

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