Dr. James Grimes, MD

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Age 65
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Dr. James Grimes, MD
Dr. James Grimes, MD is an orthopedic surgery doctor who practices in Bakersfield, CA. He is 65 years old and has been practicing for 38 years. Dr. Grimes is affiliated with Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District, Bakersfield Heart Hospital and Adventist Health Bakersfield.

9330 Stockdale Hwy Ste 600

Bakersfield, CA 93311

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Dr. James Grimes, MD

Dr. James Grimes, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Delta Health System
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Health Net
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan

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Care Philosophy

I work in partnership with patients, offering high-quality, and individualized care with compassion. I believe communication and collaboration with patients is the foundation for effective relationships. Please contact our office with additional questions. We look forward to hearing from you.
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Dr. Grimes' Experience

Dr. Grimes' 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


  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Adult Orthopedic Surgery
  • Adult Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
  • Joint Replacement & Reconstruction Orthopedics
  • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Arthroscopy
  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Hip Surgery
  • Orthopedic Knee Surgery
  • Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine Orthopedic Joint Reconstruction

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Knee Ligament Rupture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Limb Pain
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Trigger Finger


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  • ACL Surgery
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Anterior Approach Total Hip Replacement
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthritic Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Arthrocentesis
  • Arthroscopic Glenoid Labrum Repair
  • Arthroscopic Joint Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Knee Shaving
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery, Endoscopic
  • Computer-Assisted Total Hip Replacement
  • De Quervain's Release
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Glenoid Labrum Repair
  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Hip Reconstruction Surgery
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Hip Replacement, Cemented
  • Hip Replacement, Cementless
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Hip Surgery
  • Image-Guided Hip Replacement
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Cartilage Implantation
  • Knee Cartilage Repair
  • Knee Ligament Reconstruction
  • Knee Osteotomy
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee Tendon Repair
  • Mini Knee Surgery
  • Mini-Incision Hip Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Hip Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Total Hip Replacement
  • Orthopedic Surgical Procedures
  • Posterior Mini-Incision Total Hip Arthroplasty
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Revision of Shoulder or Elbow Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff and Labral Repair
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Resurfacing
  • Shoulder Stabilizations
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement Revision
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

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 Kansas
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1975
  • Joan Sanford I Weill Medical College Of Cornell University
    Medical School | Graduated 1979
  • Barnes Hosp St Louis Chldns Hosp Washington University Sch Med
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1980
  • Barnes Hosp St Louis Chldns Hosp Washington University Sch Med
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1984
  • Leo a Whiteside MD Adult Reconstructive and Joint Replacement Fellowship
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1985

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Grimes has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Grimes' Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Grimes to family and friends
based on 69 total reviews (14 with comments)
Dr. Grimes' 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 (14)
in Bakersfield, CA |
The staff was friendly and helpful. Dr. Crimes took his time to explain everything to me. The surgery was great. I only had one incision on my knee and I walked out. I went to physical therapy and within 4 week visit after the surgery I was walking great and used no pain meds. If you need knee surgery go see Dr. Crimes.
in Lake Isabella, CA |
Initially, surgery was to be done with Dr. Tivnon. The difference between these two doctors is unbelievable. Dr. Grimes did a total knee replacement. He is amazingly innovative. He's always trying new techniques to improve the healing process of his patients. He has thought of any possible complication scenario and has the procedures in place to combat it from his office practices, to set preventions in place in the hospital & surgery. He is always available , trustworthy & diligent.
in Bakersfield, Ca |
I had a shoulder impingement corrected through surgery. I had virtually no pain! After care including physical therapy and other things was set up prior to surgery. By the next day after surgery, my range of motion was incredibly better! I wish I hadn't waited to get it done due to fear. I had no reason to worry!
Taft, CA |
i recommend DR.GRIMES to everybody and anybody to get a surgery . If you listen to this doctor and do as he asks for your whole process you will gain a huge accomplishment. i had my knee replaced om 5-2-17 and by the end of june i was great,,, i will definitely go back for any other needs in the future if needed.
Bakersfield, CA |
Total hip replacement by Dr. Grimes in May 2016. Dr. Grimes was very clear regarding what to expect. There were no surprises. I was walking the day after surgery with very little pain and NO limp. Prior to surgery I played tennis (despite the pain from severe arthritis in my hip) 3-4 times a week. Recovery limited my activities and no tennis for a 4 month period. I'm very glad I stuck to the plan 'cause now my tennis buddies call me the poster-child for hip replacement. Thank you Dr. Grimes
in Tehachapi, CA |
After months of increased pain & loosing range of motion in my left shoulder I decided it was time to get help and was blessed to have been directed to Dr. Grimes. Gr. Grimes was precise, direct & confident on my first visit and was that way all the way through my procedure. Dr. Grimes surgically repaired my rotator cuff and with his proactive post-surgical therapy regiment with pain management, I was up & moving it right away. It is so nice to have a Doctor do what they say they can do & do it.
in Bakersfield, CA |
I had a single portal arthroscopy on my left knee about four weeks ago and I am feeling great thanks to Dr. Grimes I would definitely recommend him to anyone who is in need of this kind of surgery I was walking the same day right after surgery very quick recovery I was able to go back to work after two weeks my knee feels like new.
in Bakersfield, CA |
Dr. Grimes performed a Total Hip Replacement for my left hip about 12 years ago and again for my right hip in 2016. I never even considered any other doctor because of the minimally invasive procedure which allows much less pain, minimal recovery time and the ease of returning to normal activities in a relatively short period of time. Dr. Grimes is easy to converse with, explains the procedures in lay terms and is very understanding and compassionate. I highly recommend him to all.
in Bakersfield, CA |
Dr. Grimes is an outstanding orthopedic surgeon! He recently replaced my left hip w/o complication while demonstrating excellent bedside support throughout my hospital stay. Dr. Grimes stopped by to check on me twice, late into the evening, well beyond normal work hours. He stayed for several minutes answering all of my questions. He is very personable and easy to communicate w/. After 3 months I continue to improve and have complete comfort and true alignment. I would highly recommend him!
in Bakersfield, CA |
I had arthroscopic knee surgery on my left knee by another surgeon using two ports of entry on my knee. It was so painful for six weeks afterwards . Dr Grimes performed my right knee arthroscopic surgery using one port of entry. What a difference! Much less painful afterwards, I needed very few pain pills, I'm able to walk without a cane after just a few weeks. I recommend Dr. Grimes. .
Bakersfield, CA |
Straightforward no nonsense Dr. Staff is very nice and attentive.
in Bakersfield, CA |
Dr. Grimes helped me get back to the things I enjoy. As a golfer we depend on healthy hips, I was having issues with my left hip and remembered that Dr.Grimes was in the same office as 2 of my previous physicians. Made a call they got me in and found that my hip needed to be replaced. He explained the process they took care of all my insurance info went to the hospital after the procedure a few hours later i was up walking and sent home a day and half later. No pain at all. Highly recommend
in Tehachapi, CA |
Nursing staff is terrible does not return calls while I suffer in pain
in Bakersfield, CA |
I had the Single Portal Arthroscopy for a torn Menicus and I had a pain level of #16. Three days after the procedure, I had no pain and I was back to work within a week. Dr. Grimes is the Best Doctor.
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Dr. Grimes accepts 12 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • 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
    Select PPO
  • Blue Shield of California
    Access Plus Savenet
    Basic PPO
    Local Access Plus HMO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Delta Health System
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Health Net
    Medicare Advantage PFFS
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Grimes has admitting privileges

Adventist Health Bakersfield
2615 Chester Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93301
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Bakersfield Heart Hospital
3001 Sillect Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93308
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Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District
115 W E St
Tehachapi, CA 93561
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