Dr. James Chen, MD

Orthopedic Surgery •  Male • Age 43
  
Dr. Chen
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Advanced Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

450 Sutter St Rm 400 San Francisco, CA 94108

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Dr. James Chen, MD is a Orthopedic Surgery Specialist in San Francisco, CA and has over 14 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from University Of California, Davis, School Of Medicine medical school in 2006. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as California Pacific Medical Center - California Campus and California Pacific Medical Center - Davies Campus. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Chen to book an appointment.


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I did not have a good experience with Dr. Chen. He was brief, abrupt, made me feel like I was wasting his time. Refused to answer my questions about post-op care. Difficult to get information. Even though website offers CPMC as a choice, he could not manage to get the hospital assignment, so tried to put me in St. Marys, after I made it clear I only wanted to go to CPMC. I finally went to a different surgeon, and so glad I did.
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Apr 15, 2019
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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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Marina, CA – Apr 25, 2017
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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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San Francisco, CA – Apr 12, 2017
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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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San Francisco, CA – Mar 30, 2017
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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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Judy Bjornsen in Yountville, CA – Mar 25, 2017
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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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San Francisco, CA – Mar 25, 2017
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This is my second arthroscopic surgery within 18 months w/ Dr Chen. My left knee and now my right knee. My first experience was so smooth, from his staff, appointments, approach and expertise before during and after surgery, that I knew immediately who I wanted the moment I injured my right knee ! I am especially pleased this time around, too, because I am familiar with the whole process, attention, efficiency and enthusiastically recommend Dr Chen. Thank you
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Shawn Cook in San Francisco, CA – Jan 27, 2017
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Exceptional care. Knowledgeable, takes time to explain injury and how he plans to fix things. Uses easy to understand verbiage for a non medical person. Appointments at his office run on time or early. When my procedure at the hospital was delayed, his apologies were genuine and in person. Post surgery instructions have been effective and the pain minimal. Highly recommend.
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Linda B in Novato, CA – Jan 25, 2017
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I broke my clavicle and Dr. Chen got me into surgery very quickly. My bones are soft and he was able get me back to being an active person again in a few months. He is very accessible and you know he cares about each patient. Hopefully I won't but if I ever need another surgery I will definitely be back with Dr. Chen
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Susan in Alameda, CA – Dec 26, 2016
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I have already referred Dr. Chen to numerous people.
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John L. in San Francisco, CA – Dec 22, 2016
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Dr. Chen is very sincere in his relationship with me (patient). Explains everything clearly, asks me questions, asks if I have questions. He is the kind of doctor who is very professional, but also makes the patient feel comfortable and confident as their doctor. Conversations with Dr. Chen is almost like I talking to one of my nephews or a trusted family member.
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Wayne H in San Francisco, CA – Dec 17, 2016
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I had Dr. Chen referred to me by a friend and I would be well pleased to pass the referral on to another friend should the situation arise. Dr. Chen's skill and knowledge are evident and this has been very reassuring to me throught this process. His use of technology (YouTube, HealthLoop) worked very well for me and kept me informed.
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Sebastian in SF, CA – Dec 02, 2016
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Listens too you well, is a cool guy to talk too, does amazing work, and is willing to work with you through your recovery. This was my first surgery and he aproached all issues i had with utmost care. Thanks Doc. And his staff is sweet and very kind they were willing to chat with me before surgery and take care of all paper work with haste. Im very happy with this team and i will return to him for my second surgery.
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Joseph Campos in San Francisco, CA – Nov 15, 2016
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Good guy/ Professional, skillful, insightful.
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Chris Hulshof in San Francisco, CA – Nov 12, 2016
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I had two knee surgeries with Dr. Chen in 2016 - ACL repair and a meniscus transplant. He always took time to talk over all options, and our appointments were always thorough and never rushed. He also answered all my additional questions post and pre op using an online messaging system which was incredibly helpful. He's the best and I am fortunate to have such an awesome surgeon! Can't recommend him enough.
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Christina in San Francisco, CA – Nov 04, 2016
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Dr. Chen explained my various options in detail and guided me toward a decision without being too pushy. Once I made the decision, the clavicle surgery went smoothly, and his communication throughout in the weeks afterward has been great.
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Jason Y in San Francisco, CA – Sep 20, 2016
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I had hamstring surgery for a complete avulsion of the hamstring from its origin at the pelvic bone. Dr. Chen got me in quickly, performed a fantastic surgery, and has helped me greatly along the recovery route. Also, his staff and facilities have been fantastic. I would highly recommend him.
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Alex in San Francisco, CA – Aug 21, 2016
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Dr. James Chen is a very compassionate, experienced, and skilled orthopedic surgeon. It has been my pleasure to have him treat me for my complex situation.
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Derrick Jackson in South San Francisco, CA – Aug 12, 2016
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I had a right shoulder rotator cuff repair, Subacromial Decompression and lateral debridement surgery with Dr. James Chen on Oct 27, 2015. The surgery was quick and safety. Although I'm nearly 70, but after only 3 months, my arm can move freely again. I recently felt pain in my left shoulder and the MRI revealed the same problem as my right shoulder. Of course Dr. Chen will do the job again. Why? Because he is the BEST and the one I TRUST.
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Joseph Wong in San Francisco, CA – Aug 10, 2016
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REALLY LISTENS to your issues, gets to understand you & what you hope to achieve Explains what is the problem in a way you understand Gives you options Doesn't push his opinions on you as to what course to take, he guides you letting you know outcome of each option
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San Mateo, CA – Jul 26, 2016
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About Me

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 a...Read more

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Education

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

Languages

  • Spanish
  • Taiwanese
  • Chinese
  • Mandarin
  • English

Awards

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(415) 900-3000

Dr. Chen accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Aetna POS
Aetna PPO
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
Advantage-CA HMO
Advantage-CA PPO
Balanced (Prudent Buyer)-CA PPO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Individual-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Large Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Small Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Individual-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Large Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Small Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Student Health-CA PPO
Blue Cross-CA HMO-POS
Bronze (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Bronze w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Dignity Health Custom Advantage-CA HMO
Dignity Health EPO / PPO-CA
Dignity Health PHC EPO & HDP/HSA-CA
Dignity Health Ventura EPO/PPO-CA
EPO-CA
Gold (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Gold (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold Advantage-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Gold Priority Select-CA HMO
Gold Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Lumenos Plans-CA PPO
Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP) - Prudent Buyer-CA PPO
MemorialCare Custom-CA PPO
National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
National (BlueCard) PPO
PERS Choice / PERSCare Providers-CA PPO
PERS Select-CA HMO
PERS Traditional-CA HMO
Platinum (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Platinum (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Platinum Priority Select-CA HMO
Platinum Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Priority Select-CA HMO
Select Plus-CA HMO
Select-CA HMO
Silver (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Silver (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Advantage-CA PPO
Silver EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Silver EPO w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Priority Select-CA HMO
Silver Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Silver w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Tenet Network-CA PPO
Traditional
Traditional PPO
UC Care-CA PPO
UC CORE-CA PPO
UC Health Savings Plan-CA
UC High Option Supplement to Medicare-CA
UC Medicare with Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Medicare without Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Resident and Fellows-CA PPO
UCSHIP-CA PPO
USC Plan (Two Tiered Network)-CA HMO
Anthem Blue Cross
Anthem Blue Cross PPO
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
Select Plus HMO
Blue Shield of California
Access Plus Savenet
Blue Shield of California PPO
Local Access Plus HMO
Brown & Toland Physicians
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Chinese Community Health Plan (CCHP)
ChoiceCare Network
ChoiceCare Network PPO
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
LocalPlus
Open Access Plus
Coventry Health Care
Coventry Health Care PPO
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Health Net
HealthSmart
Hill Physicians Medical Group
Humana
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
San Francisco Health Plan
Three Rivers Provider Network
Tricare
Family Health Plan PPO
TriCare for Life
UnitedHealthCare
United Healthcare
WellPoint
Western Health Advantage
Worker's Compensation
Worker's Compensation WC

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No malpractice claims found for California
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Chen's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Chen treats Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear) more than 92% of his peers

Dr. Chen treats this condition more than 92% of his peers

Knee Disorders
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Chen treats Knee Disorders more than 91% of his peers

Dr. Chen treats this condition more than 91% of his peers

Knee Sprain
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high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Chen treats Knee Sprain more than 87% of his peers

Dr. Chen treats this condition more than 87% of his peers

Dr. Chen's conditions and procedures:

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • ACL Surgery
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Ankle and Foot Instability or Derangement
  • Ankle Arthroscopy
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Fracture Care
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Sprain
  • Knee Surgery
  • 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
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • 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
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection (PRP)
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Sever's Disease
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Stress Fracture of Foot
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Tibia or Fibula Stress Fracture
  • Trigger Finger
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate
  • Wrist Fracture

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Advanced Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

Advanced Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine450 Sutter St Rm 400 San Francisco, CA 94108
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California Pacific Medical Center - California Campus

San Francisco, CA
  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2018)

California Pacific Medical Center - Davies Campus

San Francisco, CA

66% Patient experience rating, 3% lower than the national average

California Pacific Medical Center - Pacific Campus

San Francisco, CA

61% Patient experience rating, 8% lower than the national average

  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2018)

Chinese Hospital

San Francisco, CA

73% Patient experience rating, 4% higher than the national average

  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2018)

Saint Francis Memorial Hospital

San Francisco, CA

66% Patient experience rating, 3% lower than the national average

Saint Mary Medical Center

Apple Valley, CA

55% Patient experience rating, 14% lower than the national average

  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020)

St. Mary's Medical Center

San Francisco, CA

65% Patient experience rating, 4% lower than the national average