Dr. James Barnett, MD

Dr. James Barnett, MD

Interventional Pain Medicine  |  
Male  |  
Age 68
Insurances AcceptedSave
I've been in Modesto, California off and on since 1978. Formerly a Registered Nurse, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, with training in Internal Medicine, Anesthesiology and Interventional Pain Medicine, I have limited my practice to Pain diagnostics and Injection techniques. After a contentious split from the Pain group I started, all my original staff of 18 years and I opened a new practice inviting Dr. Brian Bernhardt to join us. My wife of 41 years, Susan, an RN, also works with us in our Injection center.

1524 McHenry Ave Ste 500

Modesto, CA 95350

Contact Information

(209) 326-1300

Insurance Accepted

  • Accepts most major Health Plans. Please contact our office for details.

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Top Care Areas


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Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
very high
more than 99% of peers
very high
more than 99% of peers
Low Back Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Care Philosophy

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  • Interventional Pain Medicine
  • Anesthesiology

Board Certifications

  • Anesthesiology
    Accredited by: American Board of Anesthesiology*

Conditions Treated

  • Back Pain
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Low Back Pain
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Phantom Limb Pain
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Upper Back Pain


  • Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Facet Joint Injection
  • Joint Injection
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injection
  • Soft Tissue Injections
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spine and Back Procedures
  • Stellate Ganglion Block
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

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

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Arizona State University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1975
  • Ross University / School of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1984
  • University of Connecticut Health Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1984
  • State University of New York At Buffalo
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1988
  • University of Connecticut Internal Medicine Residency Program
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1986
  • Zion Pain Institute, St. George, Utah
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1999
  • Bridgeport Hosp (Yale U)
    Other Education | Completed 1978

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Barnett has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Barnett's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Barnett to family and friends
based on 21 total reviews (7 with comments)
Dr. Barnett's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (7)
in Turlock, CA |
I have been seeing Dr Barnett for a few years... he is EXCELLENT... He cares about his patients and takes time to talk to you... explains everything... and is gentle and kind. He keeps you OUT of pain... I would recommend him to everyone ... his staff are warm and welcoming... and make you feel as if your pain management is the only thing they care about... totally wonderful environment...
in Modesto, CA |
Dr.Barnett is a great pain management doctors.Hdoes not talk down to you like some doctors do. He also cares about those in pain and is always trying to get his patients to a better place. He talks to you like a friend and only wants the best for each individual He also knows what works for one does not also work for the next one. Number one thing though you can trust him and he will be straight with you.
in Modesto, CA |
New Independent Practice Location 1524 McHenry Ave. Suite 500 Modesto, CA, 95350 092-326-1300 www.JimBarnettMD.com
in Modesto, California |
I have suffered lower back pain and sciatica for years. Dr Barnett gives me injections that relieve this pain. I can go about my life instead of concentrating on pain. His experience and expertise have helped so many people live with out pain.
in Waterford, CA |
I have had many procedures doe by Dr. Barnett. I can not say enough good things about him. He is awesome in his abilities and his bedside manner. He has helped me tremendously! The staff at Coffee Surgery Center are great!
in Mariposa, CA |
Helps you to understand what is the real cause of your pain. Gives you an honest opinion of what the options are and what kind of outcome to expect. Does not talk over your head and has a sincere desire to do what he can to improve your quality of life. You can see his passion to teach you about your body, you will leave smarter than when you arrived. The front office staff and O.R. staff are caring and clearly enjoy there job's.
in Modesto, CA |
Dr. Barnett's office staff are rude and unprofessional. They told my father who made a mistake with his appointment (as the elderly and those in pain often do) that they would NEVER reschedule him. Maybe we'll call you tomorrow if the doctor and the office manager agree. What? Believe the other reviewers who mention this as it is absolutely true. Please choose another provider as the character of his office staff is a reflection of Dr. Barnett's professional judgement. RUDE!
I'm very sorry there was a problem with that office. I am not affiliated with it any longer. I am in Solo practice in same building in suite 500. I only have my original long term staff and family working with me now. Hope that helps. All patients are called before visit to remind them of their appointment.
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Hospitals where Dr. Barnett has admitting privileges

Stanislaus Surgical Hospital
1421 Oakdale Rd
Modesto, CA 95355
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