Dr. James Bell, MD

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Age 64
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Dr. James Bell, MD
James A. Bell, M.D., Ph.D. is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in orthopedic trauma, sports medicine and joint replacement. He is also certified in Sports Medicine. He joined Desert Orthopedic Center in 1996. A native of New York, Dr. Bell knew at a young age that he wanted to be a doctor. With anatomy as his favorite school subject, it was only natural for him to pursue medicine. Commenting on his specialty, Dr. Bell says, "Orthopedic trauma is like a puzzle. You have to determine your plan of action and treat the injuries with the most serious consequences first." Dr. Bell received his Bachelor of Arts in biology from the University of Rochester, NY, and his Master's and Ph.D. in physiology from Pennsylvania State University. He earned his Medical Degree and served his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Southern California. Following graduation at USC, Dr. Bell spent four years in the U.S. Army as an orthopedic surgeon serving at U.S. hospitals and traveling around the world. Prior to joining DOC, he was Chief of the Department of Orthopedics and Lieutenant Colonel for the 67th Combat Support Hospital in Wuerzberg, Germany. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a member of the American Medical Association, California Medical Association and the Riverside County Medical Association. Dr. Bell serves as the team physician for Palm Springs High School football games and is also a team physician with the United States Figure Skating Association.

39000 Bob Hope Dr

Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Contact Information

(760) 568-2684

Dr. James Bell, MD

Dr. James Bell, MD

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

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Care Philosophy

"What I like most about this profession is helping people recover from tramatic situations or get back to their favorite sport"
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Dr. Bell's Experience

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Dr. Bell's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Sports Medicine
  • Board certified in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found
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Specialties

  • Sports Medicine
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Board Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
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Conditions Treated

  • Orthopedic Disorders
1

Procedures

  • Orthognathic Surgery

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.

Education

  • University Of Rochester
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1974
  • University Of California, Los Angeles, School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1985
  • University Of Michigan / Ann Arbor
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1986
  • University Of Michigan Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1988
  • Pennsylvania State University
    Other Education | Completed 1981

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Bell has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

  • California Orthopaedic Association, Member

Dr. Bell's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Bell to family and friends
4.3
based on 23 total reviews (5 with comments)
Dr. Bell's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    VERY GOOD
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (5)
in Palm Desert, CA |
He did both my knees and they healed great. His personality is beyond fantastic as is his PA's who is also great. Terrific staff in Palm Springs.
in Saint Johnsbury, Vermont |
Dr. Bell & P/A, Olivier, are nothing short of Amazing! They understand my passion for farming. Through discussion, Dr. Bell helped me identify what I did to cause the two meniscus tears. (twisting left knee while carrying heavy objects up stairs). Oliver showed me techniques to prevent from repeating the same mistake. (Dr. Bell scoped the medial in 2016 and lateral in 2017). I appreciate them for providing me with tools to retain healthy knees. Thanks to you & your fantastic staff!
in Palm Desert, CA |
Dr. Bell has performed 2 surgeries on my arm and will be performing another on my wrist in a few days. I consider him a friend. He's the type of person I'd like to hang out with and watch a football game. I come from a family of doctors (I'm the black sheep - I'm an attorney). He is the nicest Dr. I know on the West Coast. I trust him unequivocally and would let him perform brain surgery on me - if he was a brain surgeon! His office moved to Palm Springs which is my only complaint.
in Palm Springs, CA |
Dr. Bell was friendly, efficient & thorough. He detected a fracture that was missed by other doctors.
in Palm Springs, CA |
Dr Bell is awesome. He is a great listener and an equally great surgeon.
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Hospitals where Dr. Bell has admitting privileges

Desert Regional Medical Center
1150 N Indian Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262
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Eisenhower Medical Center
39000 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
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