Dr. James A. Bell, MD

Dr. James A. Bell, MD


Sports Medicine | Male | 64 years old

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"What I like most about this profession is helping people recover from tramatic situations or get back to their favorite sport"Read more

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James A. Bell, M.D., Ph.D. is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in orthopedic trauma, sports medicine and joint replacement. He...Read more

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Patient Reviews (4)
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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Dr. Bell says...

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.

Dr. Bell's Care Philosophy

"What I like most about this profession is helping people recover from tramatic situations or get back to their favorite sport"

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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Board Certifications

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  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Orthopedic Disorders


  • Medical School
    University Of California, Los Angeles, School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1985

  • Internship Hospital
    University Of Michigan / Ann Arbor

    Completed in 1986

  • Residency Hospital
    University Of Michigan Hospital

    Completed in 1988

  • Undergraduate School
    University Of Rochester

    Graduated in 1974

  • Other Education
    Pennsylvania State University

    Completed in 1981

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships &
Professional Affiliations

  • California Orthopaedic Association, Member


  • Sports Medicine

Procedures Performed

  • Orthognathic Surgery