Dr. James Bennett CHKD Blocks

(757) 668-6550
Board Certifications

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine

Residency: Temple University Hospital

Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Los Angeles


Dr. Bennett is a pediatric orthopedic spine surgeon at CHKD. Prior to his arrival, he completed his undergraduate studies at Colby College in Maine, and then earned his medical degree through the Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars Program through St. George's University School of Medicine and Northumbria University in Newcastle, England.

He then went on to complete a research fellowship in pediatric spinal deformity at the Shriners Hospital for Children of Philadelphia. He completed his orthopedic surgery training at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, and then pursued advanced training in pediatric orthopedics with a focus on pediatric spinal deformity at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, where he also served as a clinical instructor in pediatric orthopedics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

Dr. Bennett has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. His clinical practice specializes in the non-operative and operative treatment of complex pediatric spinal deformity and pediatric trauma.

In addition, Dr. Bennett serves on the faculty of Eastern Virginia Medical School as assistant professor of pediatrics and surgery.

In his free time, he enjoys, spending time outdoors with his family and mini Australian Shepherd "Koda" camping, hiking, mountain biking, surfing, skiing, boating and traveling.

Clinical Interests
  • Scoliosis
  • Kyphosis
  • Congenital Scoliosis
  • Early Onset Scoliosis
  • Neuromuscular Scoliosis
  • Cervical Spine
  • Pediatric Spine Trauma
  • Pediatric Orthopedic/Transitional Age Trauma
Honors & Awards
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine "Top Doc" 2022
  • John Lachman Award for Best Resident Research, Temple University Hospital, 2018
  • AOA C. McCollister Evarts Resident Leader, 2017
  • Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) - Reviewer on The IMAST Committee (2020-2022) and Member of the Safety and Value Committee (2021-2022)
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • American Orthopaedic Academy (AOA) - Emerging Leaders Program
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) - Quality, Safety, and Value Initiative Spine Committee (2020-2021)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) - Reviewer Section of Orthopaedics (2020)

Bennett, James T. MD*; Chung, Hoon MSc†; Artz, Nicolas MSc†; Abraham, Vivek M. MD‡; Andrews, Albert MD†; Wells, Douglas Jr MD†; Cardelia, Marc MD*; St. Remy, Carl MD*. Does a Preoperative Mental Health Diagnosis Affect Pain Management in Patients with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Undergoing Surgery?. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics ():10.1097/BPO.0000000000002545, October 12, 2023. | DOI: 10.1097/BPO.0000000000002545 

Mackel C, Jada A, Samdani AF, Stephen J, Bennett JT, Baaj A, Hwang S. A Comprehensive Review of the Diagnosis and Management of Congenital Scoliosis. Child’s Nervous System. 2018 Aug 4.

Bennett JT, Mosley Y, Smith J, Dakwar E, Pahys J, Cahill PJ, Samdani AF. Spinal Cord Injury Associated with Progressive Congenital Kyphosis Treated with VEPTR in VACTERL Syndrome–A Case Report. Temple University Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine. 2018 Spring; 13:72-76.

Bennett JT, Dakwar E, Belin EJ, Pahys J, Samdani AF. Reoperation in Patients with AIS Lenke 1 Curves Treated with Pedicle Screw Constructs. Temple Journal. 2018 Spring; 13:9-14.

Jada A, Mackel CE, Hwang SW, Samdani AF, Stephen JH, Bennett JT, Baaj AA. Evaluation and Management of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: A Review. Neurosurg Focus. 2017 Oct;43(4):E2.

Samdani AF, Hwang SW, Singla A, Bennett JT, Ames R, Kimball J. Outcomes of Patients With Syringomyelia Undergoing Spine Deformity Surgery: Do Large Syrinxes Behave Differently than Small? The Spine Journal. 2017 Oct;17(10):1406-1411.

Bennett JT, Samdani AF, Bastrom T, Ames R, Mijanji F, Pahys J, Marks M, Lonner B, Newton P, Shufflebarger H, Yazay B, Flynn JM, Betz RR, Cahill P. Factors Affecting the Outcome in Appearance of AIS Surgery in Terms of the Minimal Clinically Important Difference. European Spine Journal. 2017; 26:1782-1788.

Bennett JT, Zook JK, Eyvazzadeh P, Lin PS. A Novel Motion-preserving Intra and Intra-intersegmental Repair for Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis: The Lin Technique. Surgical Technology International. 2016 Oct; XXIX:367-373.

Samdani AF, Bennett JT, Ames R, Asghar J, Orlando G, Pahys J, Yaszay B, Miyanji F, Lonner B, Lehman R, Newton P, Cahill P, Betz R. Reversible Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring Alerts in Patients Undergoing Arthrodesis for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: What are the Outcomes of Surgery? JBJS. 2016 Sep 7;98(17):1478-83.

Ames R, McLarney M, Bennett JT, Kimball J, Samdani AF. Anterior Vertebral Body Tethering: Overview and Technique. Temple University Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine. 2016 Spring; 11:19-29.

Samdani AF, Belin E, Bennett JT, Miyanji F, Pahys J, Shah SA, Newton PO, Betz RR, Cahill PJ, Sponseller PD. Major Perioperative Complications after Surgery for Cerebral Palsy: Assessment of Risk Factors. Eur Spine J. 2016;25:795-800.

Samdani AF, Bennett JT, Singla A, Marks MM, Pahys J, Lonner B, Miyanji F, Suken S, Newton PO, Asghar J, Betz RR, Cahill P. Do Ponte Osteotomies Enhance Correction in AIS? An Analysis of 191 Lenke 1A and 1B Curves. Spine Deformity. 2015 Sept;3(5):483-488.

Samdani AF, Asghar J, Mijanji F, Bennett JT, Hoashi JS, Lonner BS, Marks MC, Newton PO, Betz RR. Recurrence of Rib Prominence Following Surgery for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis with Pedicle Screws and Direct Vertebral Body Derotation. Eur Spine J. 2015 Jul;24(7):1547-54.

Iorio J, Bennett JT, Singla A, Dakwar E, Samdani AF. Posterior Spinal Fusion for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: Does Rod Material Make a Difference? Temple University Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine. 2014 Spring;9:26-33.

Singla A, Bennett JT, Sponseller PD, Pahys JM, Marks MC, Lonner BS, Newton PO, Miyanji F, Betz RR, Cahill PJ, Samdani AF. Results of Selective Thoracic vs. Non-selective Fusion in Lenke Type 3 Curves. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Nov 15;39(24):2034-41.

Bennett JT, Hoashi JS, Ames RJ, Kimball JS, Pahys JM, Samdani AF. The Posterior Pedicle Screw Construct: 5 Year Results for Thoracolumbar and Lumbar Curves. Journal of Neurosurgery Spine. 2013 Dec;19(6):658-63.

Iorio J, Bennett JT, Orlando G, Singla A, Dakwar E, Samdani AF. Does Amicar Reduce Blood Loss in Patients with Lenke 1 AIS with PS? Surg Technol Int. 2013 Sep;23:291-5.

Samdani AF, Belin E, Bennett JT, Pahys J, Marks MC, Miyanji F, Shufflebarger HL, Lonner BS, Newton PO, Betz RR, Cahill PJ. Unplanned Return to the Operating Room in Patients with AIS: Are We Doing Better with Pedicle Screws? Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Oct 1;38(21):1842-7.

Hoashi, JS, Cahill PJ, Bennett JT, Samdani AF. Adolescent Scoliosis Classification and Treatment. Spinal Deformity Surgery, An Issue of Neurosurgery Clinics of North America. 2013;24(2):173-183.

Hwang SW, Samdani AF, Marks MC, Bastrom T, Garg H, Lonner BS, Bennett JT, Pahys J, Shah S, Miyanji F, Shufflebarger HL, Newton PO. Five-year Clinical and Radiographic Outcomes Using Pedicle Screw Only Constructs in the Treatment of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. European Spine Journal. 2013 Jun;22(6):1292-9.