Dr. James Melvin, MD

Dr. James Melvin, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
38 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Melvin is a board- certified, fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in hip and knee replacement with specific training in anterior approach total hip replacement, custom partial and total knee replacement as well as revision hip and knee replacement. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, as well as an active member of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association. His numerous scientific papers have been featured in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, Journal of Arthroplasty, and Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. Additionally, Dr. Melvin has authored chapters in orthopaedic textbooks on topics ranging from hip and knee pathology to upper extremity fractures. Dr. Melvin earned both his Bachelor of Science and his medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with highest distinction. As an undergraduate, he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In medical school, he belonged to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. Dr. Melvin went on to complete an internship and residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and returned to North Carolina for fellowship training in both orthopedic trauma at Carolinas Medical Center as well as hip and knee replacement at the world renowned OrthoCarolina Hip and Knee Center. With a background that includes both joint replacement and orthopedic trauma, Dr. Melvin brings a unique perspective to his practice at Washington Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. He was born and raised in North Carolina and knew from an early age that medicine would be his career. His strong interest in science and math led him to medical school where he rotated through all the specialties, but kept coming back to orthopedics. Dr. Melvin enjoys the hands-on nature of orthopedic surgery and the tangible results he sees in his patients every day. Easing their pain, restoring their function and quality of life are the best parts of the job. He also greatly values the personal relationships he forms with his patients, getting to know them as individuals and guiding them on the road to recovery. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family and playing tennis. During the college basketball season, you'll find him rooting for his beloved North Carolina Tar Heels.

Washington Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

5454 Wisconsin Ave Ste 1000

Chevy Chase, MD 20815
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Care Philosophy

Dr. Melvin enjoys the hands-on approach of orthopedics and the tangible results he sees in his patients every day. Easing their pain, restoring their function and quality of life are the best parts of the job. He also greatly values the personal relationships he forms with his patients, getting to know them as individuals and guiding them through the road to recovery.
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Dr. Melvin's Experience

Dr. Melvin's 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 sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Joint Replacement Orthopedic Surgery
  • Non-Surgical Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Fracture Care
  • Orthopedic Hip Surgery
  • Orthopedic Knee Surgery
  • Orthopedic Trauma Surgery

Board Certifications

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

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gout
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Lupus
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures


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  • 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, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • 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
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate


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Background Check

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • U Nc At Chapel Hill
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 2001
  • Univ Of Nc Chapel Hill Sch Of Med
    Medical School | Graduated 2005
  • Hospital Of The University Of Pennsylvania
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2006
  • Hospital Of The University Of Pennsylvania
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2010
  • Carolinas Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2011
  • Orthocarolina Hip and Knee Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2011

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Melvin has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Melvin's Reviews

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based on 14 total reviews (10 with comments)
Dr. Melvin's Performance
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  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
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  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (10)
Herndon, VA |
Dr. Melvin is very personable and not only takes the time to answer the patient's questions, but asks to ensure there are no additional questions. He was very supportive pre-operatively, helping to manage my osteoarthritis pain and providing guidance on when it was time to make the decision for surgery. I am pleased with my surgical results and recommend Dr. Melvin without exception.
in Sterling, VA |
Dr. James Melvin is an excellent Orthopedic Surgeon. He is articulate, professional and has a great bedside manor. I appreciate the fact he dos not rush the appointments. He is direct and to the point and manages your expectations. He explains everything thoroughly. I have regained my mobility thanks to his skills. Dr. Melvin is a man of compassion and warmth. I highly recommend him if you are looking for one of the Best! Thank you Dr. Melvin fixing my knee.
Reston, VA |
Dr. Melvyn is an excellent surgeon. He also has an amazing capacity to listen to your concerns and to find solutions. He replaced my hip and I could not be happier with the results!
in Virginia |
Dr. Melvin is well educated, experienced, patient and personable. I required a total left hip arthroplasty due to severe arthritis and its ensuing limitations. Dr. Melvin explained the procedure and the expected results in great detail. His surgical skills are outstanding. I never expected this significant an improvement in my quality of life. I am six weeks post-op and I have more mobility and less pain than I have had in the previous 20 plus years. I recommend Dr. Melvin without reservation.
in Reston, VA |
Recently, Dr Melvin replaced my wife's infected hip replacement and installed a temporary prosthesis, which worked very well. Three months later, he effected a total hip revision, which has proved to be excellent. He is a first-rate surgeon. Dr Melvin also prepares patients well for what is going to happen. He is open and informative and is always available to discuss any questions. He also calls back when he is asked.. We could not recommend him more strongly.
in centreville,va |
Dr. James Melvin III. After having a total knee replacement in 2006, my knee never felt right. I lived in discomfort for 11 years. Dr. Melvin did a total knee revision in April of 2017. The operation was a life changer and has made an incredible difference. He even called me the night before the operation to give me a few words to ease my mind.
in Springfield, VA |
Fantastic surgeon. I was up and about a couple of days after a hip replacement surgery. Dr. Melvin is extremely talented and a gifted surgeon. Very personable and caring. Highly recommend!!!
in Reston, VA |
Prompt, friendly, very clear about what is involved in the surgery. So far, seems to have done a great job: I was able to drive less than two weeks after having my right hip replaced and walking was relatively easy from the very beginning.
Fairfax, VA |
Dr. Melvin did my hip replacement surgery and it was a success! He explained all the procedure, answered all my questions and he was very professional, courteous and friendly. I highly recommend Dr. Melvin if you need a hip replacement surgery!
Reston, VA |
I can't say enough good things about Dr. Melvin. Dr. Melvin performed my bi-lateral hip replacement surgery. Everything went so smoothly. I'm so happy I chose him. He answered all my questions both before and after my surgery. I highly recommend Dr. Melvin if you need hip replacement surgery.
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