James L. Budny MD, FACS

James Budny

James L. Budny

Clinical Associate Professor of Neurosurgery; Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology

Department of Neurosurgery

Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Contact Information
UB Neurosurgery
3980A Sheridan Drive
Amherst, NY 14226
Phone: (716) 218-1000 x7113
Fax: 716-650-2691

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.

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


  • Clinical Associate Professor, Neurosurgery, SUNY at Buffalo (1991-present)
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Radiology, SUNY at Buffalo (1991-present)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery, SUNY at Buffalo (1989-present)
  • Supervising Physician, Neurosurgery, SUNY at Buffalo (1989-present)
  • Vice Chair of Specialist Practice, Neurosurgery, SUNY (1989–1998)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Radiology, SUNY at Buffalo (1989–1991)

Journal Articles:

  • Budny JL. Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Granular Cell Tumor(Choristoma) of the Neurophypophsis. Journal of Neuroimaging. 1995; 5(1).
  • Budny JL., Patrick,J.T., Bates, V., Fritz,J.V., Kinkel,P.R., Hampel,J., and Kinkel,W.R.. Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Petrous Carotid Aneurysms. Journal of Neuroimaging. 1995; 5(1).
  • Budny JL. Vertebrobasilar Transient Ischemic Attacks. Neurosurgical Consultations. 1993; 4.
  • Budny JL., Nix,D.H., Wilton,J.H., Velasques,N., Lassman,H.B., Mitchell,P., Divan,K., and Schentag,J.J.. Cerebrospinal Fluid Penetration of Cefpirome in Patients with Non-inflamed Meninges. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. 1992; 29(A).
  • Budny JL.,Hopkins,L.N.,Martin,N.A., Hadley, M.N., Spetzler, R.F.,and Carter, L.P.. Vertebrobasilar Insufficiency. Part II:Microsurgical Treatment of Intracranial Vertebrobasilar Disease. Neurosurgery. 1989.
  • Budny JL.,Hopkins,L.N.. Management of Vertebrobasilar Insufficiency. Contemporary Neurosurgery. 1989; 11(23).
  • Budny JL.,Spetzler,R.F., Hadley,M.N., Martin, N.A.,Hopkins,L.N.,Carter,L.P.. Vertebrobasilar Insufficiency. Part I:Microsurgical Treatment of Extracranial Vertebrobasilar disease. Neurosurgery. 1987; 66.
  • Hopkins L.N.,Budny,J.L.. Ventriculitis Post Metrizamide Lumbar Myelogram. Neurosurgery. 1985; 17.
  • Budny JLl, Hopkins,L.N., and Castellani,D.. Extracranial-Intracranial Arterial Bypass and Basilar Artery Ligation in the Treatment of Giant Basilar Bifurcation Aneurysm. Neurosurgery. 1983; 13.
  • Budny JL., Glasauer,F., and Sil,R.. Rapid Recurrence of Meningioma Causing Intracerebral Hemorrhage. Surgical Neurology. 1977; 8.
  • Budny JL., Groteke,N., and MacGillavray, M.(1976). Nitroblue Tetrazolium Dye Reduction(Diagnostic Value in Children with Febrile Illnesses). New York State Journal of Medicine. 1976.
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Books and Book Chapters:

  • Budny JL, Hopkins,L.N.. Fibromuscular Dysplasia. 1995.

Evaluative Studies and Case Reports:

  • Budny JL.Drake, C.G., and Ball, M.J.. Frontal Lobe Perivascular Schwanna. Journal of Neurosurgery-. 1982; 56.

Professional Memberships:

  • FBI Citizens Academy (2000–present)
  • Joint Section on Tumors, AANS/CNS (1991–present)
  • Americal College of Surgeons, Fellow (1988–present)
  • American Association of Neurological Sections on Pain (1987–present)
  • Science, Progress and Research Physicians Club (1986–present)
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons (1983–present)
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons (1982–present)
  • James A. Gibson Anatomical Society Member of Marshals Committee (1981–present)
  • Medical Assistant Advisory Committee (1981–present)
  • New York State Neurological society (1980–present)
  • American Society of Neuroimaging (1979–1988)
  • Buffalo Academy of medicine (1979–present)
  • American Medical Association/Medical Society of the State of New York/Medical Society County of Erie (1979–present)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
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Service Activities:

  • Kaleida Health Medical Staff; President (2008–2010)
  • Great Lakes Health; Board Member (2008–present)
  • Kaleida Health Medical Staff; Chair-Elect (2006–2008)
  • Kaleida Health Medical Staff; Secretary/Treasurer (2002–2006)
  • Canisius College Medical Advisory Board; Vice-Chair (2001–present)
  • NYSNSS, Inc; Secretary (1986–1988)
  • Neurological Section MSSNY, CME Assembly; Chair (1985–1986)

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Contact Information

UB Neurosurgery
3980A Sheridan Drive
Amherst, NY 14226
Phone: (716) 218-1000 x7113
Fax: 716-650-2691