Dr. James Dowd, MD

Dr. James Dowd, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 51
Insurances AcceptedSave
Dr. James Dowd, MD is an orthopedic surgery doctor who practices in Virginia Beach, VA. He is 51 years old and has been practicing for 25 years. Read his story

5716 Cleveland St Ste 200

Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Contact Information

(757) 490-4802

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Community Health Choice
  • Coventry Health Care
  • 25 More

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very high
more than 99% of peers
Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
very high
more than 99% of peers
Osteoarthritis of Hip
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Dr. Dowd's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Dowd "Dr. James Dowd primarily specializes in the treatment of injuries and disorders involving the knee and hip. Dr. Dowd lives in Virginia Beach with his wife and children. He enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, outdoor sports, boating, and wine collecting."


  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Adult Orthopedic Surgery
  • Adult Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Bone & Joint Non-Surgical Orthopedics
  • Joint Replacement & Reconstruction Orthopedics
  • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Non-Surgical Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Arthroscopy
  • Orthopedic Hip Surgery
  • Orthopedic Knee Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

Conditions Treated

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Bursitis
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Hip Arthritis
  • Hip Bursitis
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Cramp
  • Limb Pain
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Myelopathy
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Tibia or Fibula Stress Fracture
  • Trochanteric Bursitis


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  • ACL Surgery
  • Arthritis Surgery
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Dupuytren's Contracture Injection
  • Excision of Femur or Knee
  • Excision of Tibia or Fibula
  • Fracture Care
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Partial Knee Replacement
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Total Joint Replacement and Revision
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Virginia.

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.


  • University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1992
  • University Pitt
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1994
  • University Pitt
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1998
  • Anderson Orth Rsch Institute
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1999

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Dowd has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Dowd's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Dowd to family and friends
based on 40 total reviews (21 with comments)
Dr. Dowd'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 (21)
in Virginia Beach, VA |
I decided to have my knee replaced sooner rather than later. I'd spoken with a lot of people who waited and had the result of causing their other knee damage trying to compensate for the "bad" one. Dr Dowd was great! He answered all of my questions and took time to be sure I understood everything that was involved to completely replace my right knee. (I am 67 years old.) I followed the surgery with the prescribed exercises and have full range of motion back and continue to improve weekly.
in Chesapeake, VA |
Dr. Dowd replaced my left hip and both knees within a year period. Before this I was hobbling! A year later, I am 72 years old, I walk several miles a day with my dogs, do routine yard work and all other recreational activities. I have no problem carrying out my routine daily events. The expertise and meticulousness demonstrated by Dr. Dowd and his team are affirmed by my individual success. I thank Dr. Dowd and his team for helping me and highly recommend him to you.
Virginia Beach, VA |
I felt very comfortable around Dr. Dowd and his staff. They answered all my questions about the surgery. I have several friends who also saw Dr. Dowd for their hip replacement surgery too. That's how I found out about Dr. Dowd.
in Portsmouth, VA |
The easiest thing for me to say is, I had one knew done by Dr. Dowd. I will need the other knee done in the future, and NO ONE else is doing that surgery.
in Virginia Beach, VA |
I can walk a 5 K, walk and finished, not the last one, either! I did the race in April. I am building up my miles to be able to do a 10K. If I do that, I will be very Happy.
in Virginia Beach, VA |
Dr. Dowd replaced a year ago, and, except for the first two weeks immediately following surgery, the healing process has been a breeze (so much so that I often forget that I had the surgery.) I am a 70 year old female, relatively active, and my weight is within normal range. I have just completed my year follow-up appointment, and everything looks good. Dr. Dowd came highly recommended, and I can attest that his expertise is of the highest level.
Dr. Dowd did the anterior approach for my left hip surgery and my recovery time was amazing. I was able to resume normal activities within a very reasonable period of time. It has now been a year since my surgery and I feel great! If I ever need surgery on my other hip, Dr. Dowd will be my surgeon!
in Chesapeake VA |
I have had both knees replaced by Dr. James Dowd, MD. Right knee 2013 and Left knee 2014. Both surgeries were excellent. Dr. Dowd fully explained ALL that I would encounter with the surgery and my recovery and therapy time. I have been fully pleased with my experience with Dr. Dowd, his bedside manner and his attention to my "being such a baby" about PAIN. I did not experience pain after surgery except for the normal that you would expect. I have recommended Dr. Dowd to numerous others.
in Norfolk, Va |
Great experience!! Total right hip replacement, up and walking in a week without a walker and getting steadily better ever since.
Virginia Beach, VA |
Dr. Dowd and his staff have been available and attentive at all times. I always refer Dr. Dowd and JYI whenever I hear of someone hurting from joint pain. Additionally, he works closely with the hospital so that the care and rehab offered to his patients is followed per his guidelines.
in Virginia Beach, VA |
Dr. Dowd performed my hip replacement 3 years ago. I have had absolutely no problems with my hip since that time. I work out at the gym, take yoga classes, and walk 15-20 thousand steps a day. I high recommend Dr. Dowd!!
in Virginia Beach, VA |
I highly recommend Dr. Dowd for total knee replacement. I am writing this after one year and have enjoyed relief from the pain and the ability to participate in many activities. The surgery is major and requires a good recuperative environment in which to heal. I followed the instructions given to me carefully and especially appreciated the professionalism of his physician's assistant who guided me. Again, I recommend Dr. Dowd as a surgeon...I have recommended him to several friends!
Virginia Beach, VA |
Dr. Dowd is an excellent and diligent surgeon. He did TKR on both knees and a revision on one when my knee rejected the prosthetic. His expertise in operating on my difficult and complicated knee was wonderful and successful. He is very caring and spent a lot of time with me explaining the issues and how to repair them.
in Newport News, VA |
Dr. Dowd has performed three knee replacements (one unicompartmental, two totals) and one hip replacement for me. All have worked out remarkably well. I have total confidence in his diagnoses and surgical expertise.
in Virginia Beach, VA |
Dr Dowd was recommended by a number of people. I have had both hips replaced by Dr Dowd at different times because of the first successful procedure.
in Virginia Beach, VA |
Dr. Dowd IS the MAN! Right hip is a year old and wish the rest of me felt this good. Went from dragging the leg behind for 6 years before having the procedure and it has changed my life a complete 180. Now I do all I did and more. I have returned to playing Soccer and hope to be Coaching outdoor soccer again soon. Thanks to Dr. Dowd and his staff, I can be active Grandpa, Father, and player again.
in Chesapeake VA23321 |
I have been going to Dr. Dowd since 2004 and would not ever consider anyone else. He is professional, caring, keeps up with the latest advancements in knee procedures and research. He answers all your questions in a way that you can understand and if you still need help understanding he is so patient explaining it again until you understand. He is definitely a 10+
in Norfolk, VA |
Dr. Dowd is fantastic! He helped me manage my pain before I decided to have surgery and was always supportive of my needs and pain. When I decided to have a total knee replacement, Dr. Dowd explained everything to my husband and me so I was totally prepared for the surgery and recovery. His patient attendance is outstanding and his personality was fun and comforting. In the future, I'll need my other knee replacement and I would not even consider having anyone other than Dr. Dowd do it.
Virginia Beach, VA |
Abrupt manner, didn't even look at the history I was required to complete. Within 5 min, he diagnosed my issue without asking questions about symptoms and said he saw "20" of these cases a day. Didn't offer any explanation of condition. Would not recommend this physician at all
in Chesapeake Virginia |
Not good at all !! I had left knee replacement done in April 2015 and still suffering from pain. Been back numerous times I was told the pain was all in my head. Dr Dowd did not do any testing to even try to find out my problem. He never had a answer for me. You might said he just left me hanging. Bedside manner stinks ! Just rude !!!! Found out I have a stress fracture and all I was ever told it takes time and had to except the fact I had a knee replacement !!
in Chesapeake, VA. 23322 |
Since my surgery this year. I have been in constant pain. I have not had a restful night. Every time I have been seen, he don't know why I am in pain. I will never recommend him to anyone. Now I have to find someone who can help me. Every since my surgery I have been walking with a cane.
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Dr. Dowd accepts 34 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
    HealthKeepers HMO
    HealthKeepers Plus
    HealthKeepers Plus HMO
    HealthKeepers Plus POS
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Community Health Choice
  • Coventry Health Care
    Southern Health PPO
  • Golden Rule
  • Health Net
  • HealthPlus
  • HealthPlus Amerigroup
  • HealthSmart
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • Husky Health
  • inHealth
  • INTotal Health
    IN Total Health
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • Medicaid
  • Midwest Health Plan
  • Molina Healthcare
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Optima Health
  • Peach State Health Plan
  • POMCO Group
  • Simply Healthcare Plans
  • State Farm
  • Staywell (Wellcare)
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Navigate POS
    United Healthcare
  • Universal American
  • Wellcare of Georgia

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Sentara Leigh Hospital
830 Kempsville Rd
Norfolk, VA 23502
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