Dr. James Ellis, MD

Dr. James Ellis, MD

Pain Medicine  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 54
Dr. James Ellis, MD is a pain medicine specialist in Grand Rapids, MI and has been practicing for 23 years. He graduated from Michigan State University College Of Human Medicine in 1991 and specializes in pain medicine.

1111 Leffingwell Ave NE Ste 100

Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Contact Information

(616) 459-7101

Insurance Accepted

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Humana
  • Priority Health
  • Spectrum Health

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Top Care Areas

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
very high
more than 99% of peers
Low Back Pain
very high
more than 95% of peers
Back Pain
very high
more than 94% of peers

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1  Specialties

  • Pain Medicine

1  Board Certifications

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Accredited by: American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation*

59  Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Brain Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Knee Disorders
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Upper Back Pain


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2  Procedures

  • Joint Drainage
  • Steroid Injection

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • Michigan State University College Of Human Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1991
  • William Beaumont Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1995

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Ellis has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Ellis' Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Ellis to family and friends
13 total reviews (3 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (13)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Ellis' Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    16 to 30 minutes

Patient Comments (3)

Too fast to blame my lack of leg control to my extra pounds. I'm 5'7 184 lbs. Really didn't listen and stated that I have a poor attitude.
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I came to Dr Ellis to concisely learn through an EMG what was causing pain and numbness in my extremities. He was sloppy and copped a prognosis without Knowing my situation. and before commencing testing. He was an extremely poor listener and frequently cut in mid sentence with insensitive,...more
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He was very kind, explained things well and took the time to listen to me!
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