Dr. James Carnes, MD

Neurology  |  
Male  |  
Age 70
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Dr. James Carnes, MD
Dr. James Carnes, MD is a neurology doctor who practices in Columbia, SC. He is 70 years old and has been practicing for 44 years. Dr. Carnes is affiliated with Palmetto Health - Palmetto Health Richland.

1333 Taylor St Ste 1C

Columbia, SC 29201

Contact Information

(803) 254-6391

Dr. James Carnes, MD

Dr. James Carnes, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)

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Top Care Areas


See how frequently Dr. Carnes performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

very high
more than 99% of peers
All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
very high
more than 99% of peers
Brain Disorders
very high
more than 99% of peers

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  • Neurology

Board Certifications

  • Neurology
    Accredited by: American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology*

Conditions Treated

  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Aneurysm
  • Anterior Horn Disease
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuritis
  • Chronic Pain
  • Cluster Headache
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Concussion
  • Confusion
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Dementia
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Diplopia
  • Dystonia
  • Epilepsy
  • Essential Tremor
  • Fever-Induced Seizure
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Inflammatory and Toxic Neuropathy
  • Insomnia
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Meningiomas
  • Migraine
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myelopathy
  • Myoclonus
  • Narcolepsy and Cataplexy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Nystagmus
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Parkinsonism
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rasmussen's Syndrome
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Syncope
  • Syphilis Infections
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Tension Headache
  • Thrombosis
  • Tic Disorders
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Tremor
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertigo
  • Visual Field Defects


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  • EEG (Electroencephalogram)
  • EMG (Electromyography)

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

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0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

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  • Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med
    Medical School | Graduated 1973
  • Med University Sc Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Carnes has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Carnes' Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Carnes to family and friends
based on 30 total reviews (8 with comments)
Dr. Carnes' Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    31 to 45 minutes
Patient Comments (8)
in Irmo, SC |
Please don't waste your time here. My mother had an appointment scheduled for 1:30. We weren't called back until 3:15. We then waited another 30 minutes to see Dr. Carnes. The nurse had no bedside manner. Sped through my mothers medical history like a robot on speed. Exchanged no pleasantries. Dr. Carnes seemed pleasant and thorough. He mentioned ALS but retracted and said he didn't think it was that. But didn't say the other host of diseases he said mimics ALS. Terrible experience and still no
Columbia, SC |
This person can't think beyond what is directly in front of him. He is too old and not aware of treatment research or medical conditions for our current time. His attitude and bedside manners towards patients he treats is horrible. I don't recommend him or anyone else in his practice.
in Columbia, SC |
I felt it was necessary to leave a review of this practice, the staff and the facility. The office is located in the hospital, however the patient rooms and office areas are antiquated. Paper charts are stacked everywhere, exam rooms are musty and dingy. They do not accept credit cards and this is an inconvenience nowadays for most people. They also do not state their accept methods of payment anywhere on their outdated website. The office staff who work at the checkout and patient paymen
in Blythewood, SC |
Dr Carnes is very knowledgeable when it comes to Alzheimer's disease.
in Columbia, SC |
This fella might understand how the brain works physically, but it stops there. He doesn't seem to understand emotions and appears to think pain is not real. He will spend plenty of time talking but really only gives you about thirty seconds to talk. The whole appointment experience with the doctor was pretty ridiculous. He needs to work on focusing on patient needs. The staff is nice but the whole office beyond the waiting room is extremely outdated in a scary way. Do not bother.
in West Columbia, SC |
He doesn't listen at all when you tell him a particular medication does NOT work for you. His bed side manners are horrible. His staff doesn't treat you any better!
in Columbia, SC |
Poor listening skills . . all kf Dr. Carnes answers to my concerns made me feel like an imbecile. He didn't address my problems, only pushed them to the side! He was God Almighty, I was just a lady with a brain tumor.
in Columbia, SC |
He did not listen to my concerns or acknowledge my severe pain. He stated 'pain is just pain. It won't kill you when referring to debilitating headaches ongoing over 4 months without relief. He spoke over me repeatedly, told me to 'take some advil. It's just a headache'. I had been referred to him by my surgeon (I had Chiari decompression surgery), who had already determined that I did not need surgery again, but that I needed pain mngmnt. Dr Carnes did NOTHING to help me. I can't fit it here!
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Dr. Carnes accepts 4 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Carnes has admitting privileges

Palmetto Health - Palmetto Health Richland
5 Richland Medical Park Dr
Columbia, SC 29203
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