Dr. James Johnson, MD

Dr. James Johnson, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 53
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Dr. James Johnson, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Golden, CO and has been practicing for 18 years. He graduated from Georgetown University School Of Medicine in 1994 and specializes in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine.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 and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Fracture Care
  • Glenoid Labrum Repair
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • 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 and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Debridement
  • Knee Surgery
  • 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 54 total reviews (32 with comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (54)

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Dr. Johnson's Performance

Explains condition(s) well
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Office & Staff Performance

Office environment
Staff friendliness
Average wait time
10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (32)

After MRI revealed a massive rotator cuff tear, Dr Johnson met with me an clearly explained the ramifications and recommend surgery. He was able to schedule my surgery within a week. Surgery went well and Dr Johnson immediately met with my wife to detail the results. He met with me the day after to...more
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I went to Dr. Johnson for shoulder replacement surgery. He explains things very clearly and always asks if I have questions. Surgery went very well and recovery is progressing. I highly recommend Dr. Johnson for his skill as a surgeon AND his for his thoughtful communication.
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Dr. Johnson is very thorough. He explains everything in detail. Awesome bedside manor!
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He is very knowlable and has a good way of telling you what is wrong and how to fix. Good bed side manner you know what to expect and follow up with patients is great.
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Dr. Johnson is the best surgeon to have! He really listens to his patients and makes sure you understand what is going on. I had a couple different options with surgery and he ensured I fully understood all my choices and let me make the decision that was best for me. His whole team is wonderful...more
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