Dr. James Dowd, MD


Orthopedic Surgery | Male

Jordan-Young Institute 5716 Cleveland St Ste 200 Virginia Beach, VA 23462 Get Directions
Dr. James Dowd, MD
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.

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Patient Comments (13)
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.
in Smithfield, VA |
Dr. Dowd replaced my left knee 9/6/2016, and recovery has been a breeze. After almost 7 months, I have full pain-free use of my knee, lost 20 pounds, and have resumed activities I could no longer do prior to surgery. I am 70 years old, active, and of healthy weight. I did all recommended exercises before surgery and still do many exercises the rehab therapist taught. Be sure to attend the pre-surgery class! Thank you, Dr. Dowd, for your incredible skills!!
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. 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.

Dr. Dowd's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Bursitis
  • 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 Pain
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • 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
  • 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


  • Medical School

    Graduated in 1992

  • Internship Hospital
    University Pitt

    Completed in 1994

  • Residency Hospital
    University Pitt

    Completed in 1998

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Anderson Orth Rsch Institute

    Completed in 1999

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • 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

Procedures Performed

  • ACL Surgery
  • Arthritis Surgery
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • 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