Dr. James Chen, MD

Dr. James Chen, MD

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Age 41
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Dr. James Chen, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in San Francisco, CA and has been practicing for 6 years. He graduated from University Of California, Davis, School Of Medicine in 2006 and specializes in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine.Read his story

450 Sutter St Rm 400

San Francisco, CA 94108

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Brown & Toland Physicians
  • Chinese Community Health Plan (CCHP)
  • ChoiceCare Network
  • 14 More

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Top Care Areas

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

Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
very high
more than 97% of peers
Knee Sprain
very high
more than 96% of peers
Knee Disorders
very high
more than 96% of peers

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Dr. Chen's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Chen "James Chen, MD is a board-certified general orthopaedic surgeon practicing in San Francisco. He earned his MPH at Cal Berkeley and his MD from Cal Davis. He completed his residency at the University of Hawaii, Queens Medical Ctr. Orthopaedic Surgery, and a prestigious fellowship at UCSF in Orthopaedic Surgery Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy. Dr. Chen specializes in sports-related injuries, and is fellowship-trained in minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery for the knee, shoulder, elbow, hip, and ankle. This state-of-the-art technique reduces surgical incisions from roughly 5 to 7 inches down to 4 millimeter portals, which results in a quicker, easier recovery from treatment, with less scarring. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Chen works with several local schools and athletic organizations, the semi-professional San Francisco City Football Club, and the National Football League (NFL)."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Chen "I strive to help patients return from injury or disability to an active lifestyle, specific sport, or hobby. I believe in tailoring a patient's care to their specific circumstances and goals. I generally will exhaust all conservative measures first and recommend surgery only if needed. My job is to give the patient the best possible medical advice and to perform surgery when required to return them to optimal function."

2  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

2  Board Certifications

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

105  Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle and Foot Instability or Derangement
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Injury
  • Ankle Instability
  • Ankle Ligament Rupture
  • Ankle Sprain
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Joint Disease in the Shoulder
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Disorders
  • Elbow Fracture
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Pain
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot and Ankle Disorders
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Knee Ligament Rupture
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Sprain
  • Knee Tendinitis
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprains and Tears
  • Meniscus Injuries
  • Meniscus Tear
  • Non-Traumatic Rupture of Achilles Tendon
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osgood Schlatter Disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Partially Dislocated Elbow (Nursemaid Elbow)
  • Patella Tendon Tears
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Shoulder Diseases
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Stress Fracture of Foot
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Tibia Fracture
  • Tibia or Fibula Stress Fracture
  • Trigger Finger
  • Wrist Disorders
  • Wrist Fracture
  • Wrist Injuries
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77  Procedures

  • ACL Surgery
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Ankle Arthroscopy
  • Ankle Fracture Repair
  • Ankle Fusion
  • Ankle Ligament Reconstruction
  • Anterior Approach Total Hip Replacement
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Glenoid Labrum Repair
  • Arthroscopic Meniscus Repair
  • Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Wrist Surgery
  • Articular Cartilage Repair
  • Bone and Joint Replacement
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Ligament Reconstruction
  • Elbow Reconstruction
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Elbow Surgery
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Foot and Ankle Surgery
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand and Wrist Fusion
  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Replacement
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Replacement Surgery
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Cartilage Implantation
  • Knee Cartilage Repair
  • Knee Ligament Reconstruction
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Resurfacing
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee Tendon Repair
  • Lateral Meniscus Repair
  • Medial Meniscus Repair
  • Meniscal Allograft Transplant
  • Meniscectomy
  • Meniscus Transplantation
  • Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Open Reduction Internal Fixation (ORIF) of Hip Fracture
  • Partial Knee Replacement
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection (PRP)
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff and Labral Repair
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Cartilage Treatment
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Resurfacing
  • Shoulder Stabilizations
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement Revision
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate
  • Wrist Surgery
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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

  • Swarthmore College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1998
  • University Of California, Davis, School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 2006
  • University Of Hawaii Queens Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2007
  • University Of Hawaii Queens Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2011
  • University Of California San Francisco
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2012

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Chen has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Chinese
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish
  • Taiwanese

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Chen's Reviews

4.9
Likelihood of recommending Dr. Chen to family and friends
75 total reviews (27 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (75)

  • 5
    (71)
  • 4
    (3)
  • 3
    (0)
  • 2
    (0)
  • 1
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Dr. Chen's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well

    EXCELLENT
  • Answers questions

    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent

    EXCELLENT

Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment

    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness

    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time

    Under 10 minutes

Patient Comments (27)

Dr. Chen always takes the time to explain treatment and answer questions. He was amazing throughout the pre and post surgery phases, always willing and encouraging to call with problems and questions.
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Dr Chen is a very pleasant doctor who took the time to ensure that I was well informed. My recovery has been flawless. No pain, no swelling, no nothing. I start PT next week, and am looking forward to a full recovery. So far so good.
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Dr. Chen and his staff have been very friendly and helpful. There was about a month delay to have my surgery but otherwise incredibly pleased.
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His approach is thorough with a very professional and curtious office staff. Dr Chen changed the quality of life for me with knee replacement. I would highly recommend Dr Chen to anyone.
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Friendly, professional, caring, and most importantly he fixed my ACL with the smallest impact possible on my life.
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