Dr. James Johnson, MD

Dr. James Johnson, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 52
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Dr. James Johnson, MD is an orthopedic surgery doctor who practices in Golden, CO. He is 52 years old and has been practicing for 23 years. Read his story

660 Golden Ridge Rd Ste 250

Golden, CO 80401

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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • MultiPlan

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Shoulder Disorders
very high
more than 90% of peers
Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
more than 87% of peers
Knee Disorders
more than 84% of peers

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Dr. Johnson's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Johnson "Jim Johnson, MD, MPH, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who is fellowship trained in sports medicine. Dr. Johnson specializes in sports injuries of the shoulder and knee. He always knew he wanted to be a doctor and with a love of sports he found orthopedic medicine to be a natural fit. Dr. Johnson completed his undergraduate education at UCLA, where he also received a Masters of Public Health in Behavioral Sciences studying the importance of the patient/doctor encounter. Through this, he learned the importance of addressing both the physical and mental aspects of a patient who is sick or injured and how doing so can better facilitate the healing process. Dr. Johnson earned his medical degree from George Washington School of Medicine, where he was the captain of both the baseball and flag football Intramural teams and helped lead them to victory four years in a row. He then went on to complete his internship and residency at Yale School of Medicine. During his time there he worked with the Yale football team and the local minor league hockey team. Following his graduation from Yale, he moved to Vail, Colorado for a fellowship in sports medicine at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic. During his sports medicine fellowship he specialized in acute and chronic shoulder and knee injuries, as well as, elbow injuries and orthopedic trauma. During his fellowship he had the opportunity to provide orthopedic care for both the Colorado Rockies and the Denver Broncos. After completing his fellowship in sports medicine, Dr. Johnson joined Panorama Orthopedic and Spine Center in 2000. Here he treats, complex shoulder injuries, including rotator cuff injuries, shoulder instabilities and arthroscopic total shoulder replacements and reverse shoulder procedures. He also specializes in knee injuries – ACL repair and reconstruction, multi-ligament injuries, cartilidge restoration and patellar instability. Today, he is also a staff physician for the U.S. Ski Team. He began working with the US Men's Alpine team in 1999 and five years ago he began working with the US Women's Team, as well. Dr. Johnson travels with the teams to World Cup ski races where he is the on-course physician treating any ski injuries. He also travels annually to New Zealand to cover their medical needs at their training camp. "Watching someone suffer a devastating injury and come back to compete at the Olympic level is one of the most gratifying things," says Dr. Johnson. "In orthopedic medicine you have generally healthy patients who want to get better. With hard work, time, patience and perseverance you can help them get there – back to enjoying their sport or the Colorado lifestyle. That's what I like about practicing sports medicine," he says. Dr. Johnson is also passionate about medical research and was President of the William Beaumont Research Society, the medical research arm at George Washington University. At Yale University he received the Yale Orthopaedic Research Award and the AOA Zimmer Traveling Resident Research Award. He also completed and published research while completing his fellowship at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic. Dr. Johnson is married and has two young girls and a Golden Retriever. When he's not at work he enjoys running, skiing, cycling, fly fishing, baseball, golf, travel, music, cooking, camping and other outdoor activities."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Johnson "To practice high quality orthopedic care for my patients. The philosophy is the patient drives the practice. The employees are team members who are mutually accountable and pursue our goal of high quality care in a team approach."


  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*
  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*
  • Radiology
    Accredited by: American Board of Radiology*
  • Sports Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dislocated Joint
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Gout
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Sprain
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lupus
  • Meniscus Tear
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Tendonitis


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  • ACL Surgery
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Knee Shaving
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Fracture Care
  • Glenoid Labrum Repair
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Surgery
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Debridement
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Revision of Shoulder or Elbow Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Steroid Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Colorado.

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 California
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • Georgetown University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1994
  • Yale New Haven Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • Yale New Haven Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Vail Valley Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2000
  • Steadman-Hawkins Clinic, Fellowship Training
    Other Education | Completed
  • University of California
    Other Education | Completed 1989

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Don Joy Orthopaedic Research Award,
  • Yale Orthopaedic Alumni Resident Research Award,
  • Blue Key Scholastic Scholarship,
  • AOA-Zimmer Traveling Resident Research Award,
Media & Publications
  • Biomechanical Evaluation of Glenolabral Suture Fixation for Anterior Shoulder Instability,
  • Early Muscle Function is Enhanced by NSAIDs Following Contusion Injury,
  • Single Screw Fixation for Acute and Acute-on-Chronic Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis, 1996
  • The role of pulmonary phagocytes in host defense against group B streptococci in preterm versus rabbit lung, 1992
  • Surfactant in Clinical Practice: Formulating a surfactant therapy for preterm infants who have bacterial pneumonia and repiratory distress syndrome,
  • The Spectrum of Injuries Associated with Acute Tears of the Posterior Cruciate Ligament,

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Johnson's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Johnson to family and friends
based on 35 total reviews (20 with comments)
Dr. Johnson'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 (20)
in Golden |
Dr. J is an amazing guy. As I was being prepped for my surgery my ins co called and denied my surgery. Dr. J had to speak with the ins doc to tell them why the surgery was necessary. Duh! After speaking with the ins doc, they were only going to cover some of the stuff they were going to do, but not all that needed to be done. Dr. J was willing to do it all and write off what wasn't covered. They did eventually cover it all, but he cared about me first! That speaks volume of who he is! Thank u
Dacono, CO |
Dr. Johnson is very knowledgeable and pleasant. Just had one hour wait otherwise it would be five stars.
Arvada, CO |
The appointments were running behind - which happens a we waited almost an hour (48 minutes . Once in the doctors office - I felt the PA was more concerned about my knee than the doctor. I felt he wanted me in Andy out BC he was behind. Didn't receive good explanations in what might be going in with my issues. My m had to ask questions - and asked to see the Skelton image of what might be going on . Just felt like I didnt matter and my problem wasn't important.
in Denver, CO |
Excellent experience in all phases. Answers all questions clearly. Easy to talk to.
Westminster |
Dr. Johnson and his team were awesome about answering all my questions and concerns about my procedure and recovery. He is very friendly, knowledgeable and approachable. If I ever need another procedure or know anyone who does I will definitely only use/recommend Dr. Johnson and the Panorama team.
in greenwood village, CO |
Greatly appreciated Dr. Johnson ' s surgery on my knee . He has a superb team.
Golden, CO |
Dr. Johnson is very kind and patient, and answers questions thoroughly. He and his assistants are very good with keeping anxious patients (like me!) calm and informed.
in Highlands Ranch, CO |
Dr. Johnson is very knowledgeable about the surgical options-I used to work in Arthroscopy and reconstructive surgery product design at Bristol Myers.
in Westminster, co |
Dr. Johnson was great! He did an ACL replacement on my 14 year old daughter. It was a stressful situation and he was very good at taking the time to explain everything. Very knowledgeable and has a calm demeanor. Nick and Ben were great also! He has an amazing team behind him. I highly recommend Dr. Johnson!!!
Arvada, CO |
I've had to have 2 separate knee surgeries in the past 10 years. I've been very pleased with Dr. Johnson. And his staff.
in Thornton, CO |
Dr. Johnson is down to earth and unlike most doctors he actually listens. Dr. Johnson is patient and takes the time to access YOUR concerns. You would be a fool not to make Dr James Johnson your doctor.
Littleton, CO |
Great experience, he was very friendly and professional.
in Jefffco, CO |
I'm still recovering. However, Dr. Johnson's expertise has allowed for a terrific long term prognosis. He and his staff are always professional, prompt, and courteous.
Denver, CO |
Dr. Johnson was professional and helpful. He was able to make a quick diagnosis and then we verified it with an MRI. Minor knee surgery was required which happened quickly and has been relatively pain free. I didn't even use any of the meds they prescribed. Super organized, punctual, professional, exactly what you want in a doctor. His staff was pretty awesome too. What a great team! Highly recommended.
in Denver, CO |
Dr. Johnson has worked with me for several years to treat damage to my shoulder resulting from years of football and rugby and general rough use throughout my life. I've had nothing but excellent advice, treatment, and results throughout that time and would recommend him to anyone seeking orthopedic care.
Denver, CO |
Dr. Johnson is a very kind and patient Doctor. He was thorough in his evaluation but also compassionate when I was in a lot of pain. His Physician's Assistant - Nick was informative and always answered my questions. This is the best meniscus scope I have had. I have recovered very quickly. I highly recommend Dr. Johnson.
Dr. Johnson is always friendly and courteous! He makes sure you understand all your options and thoroughly discusses treatment plans to ensure you make the choice that works best for your recovery. I would recommend him to anyone looking for an amazing orthopedist who truly cares about your recovery!
in Westminster, CO |
Dr. Johnson is not only an excellent doctor, but he has a great bedside manner. I trust him and I would recommend him to anyone who needs a top-notch orthopedic surgeon.
in Denver, CO |
I had a great experience with Dr. Johnson and his PA. I went in with knee pain and he immediately put me at ease and explained in detail what the diagnosis was, and what I should expect as far as improvements and next steps. It was a very good experience from start to finish.
Denver, CO |
Very professional and personable. Answered all my questions pre and post op. Explained what was in my MRI and what would be done in surgery to correct it. Everything went as planned. Surgery center is very nice and staff was friendly and professional.
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Dr. Johnson accepts 6 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
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  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
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  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
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