James W. Billups received a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University in 1972. After practicing veterinary medicine at clinics and for the USDA, he returned to school and received an MD from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in 1978. Following a family practice residency, Dr. Billups became chairman of the emergency services department at Midlands Community Hospital in Papillion, NE.
In 1979, Dr. Billups was involved in the development of the protocols used to train physicians in the first Advanced Trauma Life Support course (writing the dog laboratory protocols); this ATLS program was adopted by the American College of Surgeons and is now used internationally to train physicians in the care of trauma patients.
Dr. Billups continued to serve as a staff physician at several Nebraska hospitals, becoming chairman of the emergency services department at Lincoln General Hospital (a Level II trauma center) in 1987, and receiving board certification in emergency medicine in 1991. From 1997 to 2003, Dr. Billups served as director of the Emergency Physician Network in Lincoln, NE, providing emergency services to area hospitals. He worked for the Veterans Administration from 2006 to 2011, retiring as the Associate Director for Primary Care in Omaha, NE.
Dr. Billups now provides locum tenens services to hospitals in Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, and Colorado through his On Top Medical Services.. He utilizes his Piper Saratoga and instrument pilot skills to travel between these states.
Dr. Billups is a past president of the Nebraska College of Emergency Physicians and currently serves as the medical director for the Nebraska Organ Retrieval System (NORS).
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