Dr. James Dreese, MD
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Dr. James Dreese, MD


Orthopedic Surgery | Male

Medstar Orthopaedics 1407 York Rd Ste 100A Lutherville, MD 21093 Get Directions


Dr. James Dreese, MD is an orthopedic surgery doctor who practices in Lutherville, MD. He is 47 years old and has been practicing for 20 years. Dr. Dreese is affiliated with Medstar Union Memorial Hospital.

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Patient Reviews (28)
in Baltimore, MD |
Absolutely an excellent doctor. Diagnosed my problem and explained to me exactly what was wrong. I never felt rushed in the office as he would spend as much time with me as I wanted. Dr. Dreese then did surgery on my shoulder and followed up with me for the following 6 months by regular one month office visits to make sure the PT was progressing as it should. Dr. Dreese's professionalism and wonderful bed side manner make him an excellent doctor. A+++ experience!
in Ellicott City, MD |
Dr. Dreese performed a chondroplasty on my knee. It was my first surgery and he really walked me through everything, gave me options and made me feel comfortable. I am now 2 moths post-op and everything is recovering well. I would absolutely recommend him to my family and friends!
in Marriottsville, MD |
Excellent care from pre-surgery, surgery and follow-up.
in Ellicott City, MD |
I realize that not everyone's body will respond the same way, but my surgery and recovery have been smoother than I even hoped for. I had a meniscus tear in my left knee that had allowed the cartilage to fold over and was preventing me from running. Dr. Dreese performed a meniscectomy and cleaned up the torn area. As of today, it has been two weeks and five days since my surgery and I'm already feeling pretty normal (back to doing most of my exercise, etc.). Highly recommend Dr. Dreese.
in Rosedale, MD |
Great doctor, always available. Very pleased with surgery.
Baltimore, MD |
Very thorough and competent doctor. Would highly recommend friends and family
Very caring and intelligent surgeon. Treated me vary well and made sure my injury would heal properly. Would highly recommend.
Parkville, MD |
Dr. Dreese did a great job explaining the injury and making me feel comfortable with all activities that led to a successful repair and recovery.
Washington, DC |
Dr. Dreese has been a God send to myself and my family. I truly appreciate his honesty and his professionalism during the healing process and I always felt like he had my best interest in mind. I have always felt I could trust his evaluation and he has performed surgery on my son and myself. I would highly recommend him to all of my friends and family. Thank You Dr. Dreese
in Parkville, MD |
Dr. Dreese explained things thoroughly at each visit. He and his staff were very helpful in providing information, answering questions and sending me links to procedures.
in halethorpe, MD |
Dr. Dreese was excellent working with my son. He always explained everything to us fully, and had my sons best interests in mind.
Washington, DC |
Dr. Dreese is extremely knowledgeable and thorough. I was very comfortable with scheduling my knee surgery with him. Aside from being a outstanding surgeon, he has a wonderful bedside manner. My meniscal repair went great and I am pain free. Would recommend him to any and everyone!
in Baltimore, MD |
Very professional, through with all explanations, patient, willing to show and diagram all steps of the process. I would trust him with my entire family. He is wonderful and excellent in his craft!
Washington, DC |
He's very detailed and makes sure you are very comfortable with the procedures.
Washington, DC |
Very nice.
in Owings Mills MD |
I came back to Dr Dreese after 10 years because the surgery I had then was very sccesfull and for 10 years I did not have any problem. Dr Dreece in my experience is knowledgeable and cares for the pacients.
in Ellicott City, MD |
Very professional and straight forward.
in Parkville, MD |
I had a bi-lateral meniscal tear and opted for the repair surgery. Everything went smoothly and my recovery was easy.
in Ellicott City. MD |
He is an excellent surgeon. Post surgery he led me through a productive and speedy recovery.
in Boonsboro, MD |
very kind and focused person. cares about the recovery for his patients.
in Sparks, MD |
Thorough, knowledgeable, precise and patient.
in Maryland |
Dr. Dreese is the "go-to" surgeon for hamstring avulsion. His level of knowledge, his ability to communicate this knowledge with his patients and his sense of urgency is above reproach. Were it not for his insight and intervention regarding a serious accident I had and subsequent reattachment surgery which he performed within a critical window of time, I would likely not be at the level of improving recovery and swim-bike-run performance I have at just the 7 month post-surgery mark.
Boonsboro, MD |
he is a very friendly person, and patient with his patients.
in Westminster, MD |
Acl repair surgery, 3 follow up surgeries. 2 years ago. Still crippled. Lost my business of 15 yrs. Staff awefull. Left me hurt and without answers. 2 Drs now tying to figure out what went wrong. Maybe good for others but completely dropped the ball with me and left me screwed and limping. 42. Worst Drs staff I have ever encounterd.
I have the utmost confidence and trust in Dr.Dreese. Dr. Dreese made sure he understood my goals before offering shoulder surgery as a treatment option. His explaination about surgery and recovery timeline helped ensure realistic expectations. I could not be more pleased with the results.
in Parkville, MD |
Dr. Dreese is an excellent surgeon with a great bedside manner. His secretary, Brandi, was awesome as well. I'd recommend him to anyone I know who might be considering shoulder surgery.
in Parkville, MD |
2 yrs/2 surgeries - 5 torn hamstring tendons and Dr Dreese is the guy to see for such an injury. No one in the area has the experience and results that he has in repairing this injury. The staff was incredible, Dr. Dreese did amazing work. Both surgeries were flawless, my pain was well managed and my post surgical treatment set me up for an easy recovery. My scars are very thin and very difficult to see. Dr. Dreese and his team makes a very difficult situation so much easier!
Timonium, MD |
Awful. Had arthroscopy. My knee looked like a basketball. Was totally infected. Not diagnosed for a month - five office visits later. Was given an immobilizer, Lidocaine patches, and Tramadol. At final office visit my husband demanded he drain my knee. I was rushed to the hospital, was there for 6 days, sent home with PIC line. Missed months of work. Had to have visiting nurse daily to administer drip medication and take blood. Thank goodness for Dr. Campbell, the infectious disease doctor.
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  •  Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  Board certified in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
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  •  No board actions found

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  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • 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
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bicep Injuries
  • Biceps Tendinitis
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Limb Pain
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Meniscus Tear
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Non-Traumatic Rupture of Achilles Tendon
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osgood Schlatter Disease
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Patella Tendon Tears
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injuries
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Quadriceps Tendon Tears
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Labral Tear
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Sternum Fracture
  • Strain of Hamstring Muscle
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Tibia or Fibula Stress Fracture


  • Medical School
    Pennsylvania State University College Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1997

  • Internship Hospital
    University North Carolina Hospital

    Completed in 1998

  • Residency Hospital
    Hospital for Special Surgery

    Completed in 2002

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Upmc Presbyterian

    Completed in 2003

  • Undergraduate School
    Pennsylvania State University

    Graduated in 1993

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

Procedures Performed

  • ACL Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Labrum Repair
  • Arthroscopic Meniscus Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Bicep Repairs
  • Cartilage Transplant
  • Distal Clavicle Excision Surgery
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Fracture Care
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Cartilage Implantation
  • Knee Cartilage Repair
  • Knee Ligament Reconstruction
  • Knee Osteotomy
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee Tendon Repair
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Lateral Meniscus Repair
  • Medial Meniscus Repair
  • Meniscus Transplantation
  • Quadriceps Tendon Repair
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Stabilizations
  • Steroid Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate