Dr. James A. O Leary, MD

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Dr. James A. O Leary, MD


Sports Medicine | Male

Midlands Orthopedics PA 1910 Blanding St, Columbia, SC 29201 Get Directions
(803) 256-4107

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Dr. O Leary specializes in Sports Medicine and practices in Columbia, SC. He practices at 3 locations.

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Experience with Dr. O Leary
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  • How well provider explains medical condition(s)
  • How well provider listens and answers questions
  • Spends appropriate amount of time with patients
Dr. O Leary's Office & Staff
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  • Total wait time (waiting & exam rooms)
    16 – 30 minutes (51)
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Columbia, SC |
I had an excellent experience with Dr. O Leary. I came from Florida to have my Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement surgery. Dr. O Leary kept me informed of every step of the operation, the risks involved and after surgery he sent me to the right Orthopedic therapists. I am doing great! Before surgery I could not move my right arm. Now after 6 weeks of therapy I can raise my arm at a 125 degrees angle (120 degrees is considered perfect). Dr. O Leary speaks my native Spanish language. Great!
in Irmo, SC |
Very skilled, considerate, and caring surgeon... None better..
in Newberry, SC |
I've had a complete shoulder replacement. I'm very pleased with my recovery, it was not as bad as expected. The incision is smaller and neater than I expected it to be and my recovery has been much faster than expected. I would recommend Dr. O'Leary.
in Columbia SC |
Experienced, responsive, completely approachable and willing to take the time to answer all questions and concerns.
in Lexington, SC |
Dr. O Leary was not my first choice in my surgical decision, but choosing him upon his second opinion was the best decision I made. His explanation of the problem and procedure to correct it left me with confidence to take the next step. My knee is healing well and I am sure that I will be ready to trek around Disney with my grand kids. Oh, and to swing the golf clubs as well. I have recommended Dr. O Leary to several of my friends already and will do so in the future.
in Gaston, sc |
Bernice Riggs: Dr O'Leary replaced my right shoulder in March, 2016. I have never had a moments regret. He is the best for this type surgery. He is very caring and supportive. I would recommend him to anyone!!!
in Lexington, SC |
I have recommended Dr. OLeary to everyone I know who is considering knee replacement surgery! He is kind, caring and an excellent surgeon. He replaced both of my knees, one in 2011 and one in 2015. He uses up to date best practices and my recovery proceeded both times very very much as he explained. I got a blood clot after the first surgery which is not unusual. Dr. OLeary immediately recognized the problem and sent me for an ultrasound evaluation. He is so caring!
Columbia sc |
Dr. OLeary have me 2 knee knees and I am able to walk my dogs again and to do anything I haven't been able to do for so long. He is a very patient and kind man, and I thank him so much for all he has done for me!
in Irmo, SC |
Had left partial knee replacement, 1 month of P. T. then went on 1 week cruise to Caribbean 2 months post op. Had lots of walking and up and down stairs. Had some pain mainly controlled with Tylenol. It's been 4 months since surgery and now totally pain free and can walk or run all day. All is well......
in Columbia, SC |
I have had very positive experiences with Dr. O'Leary. In fact I consider him to be the very best orthopedic surgeon in South Carolina, and one to the best in the country.
in Irmo, SC |
Very competent professional.
in Lexington, SC |
Fixed my torn rotator cuff back in October. I did not have the extreme pain I was told I would have with this type of operation. I was just released by him on 2-23-16. I have full use of my arm and just need to build strength in it. I would recommend Dr. O'Leary if you need this type of surgery.
in Columbia, SC |
Pre/post op care is exemplary, both efficient &courteous. Dr. O'Leary is excellent. He is efficient but always manages to be fully present. You feel you have all the time you need, yet everyone gets seen in a timely fashion! Between my husband & I we had 3 total knees done in 2015. We always had questions and concerns addressed promptly, in person or by phone. As a Nurse, we can be hard to please but I recommend Dr. O'Leary wholeheartedly. They turn can't into cans!
in Lugoff, SC |
Dr O'Leary explained the procedures that I had in a very understanding way. He did a partial knee replacement and a total knee replacement on me in the same year. I consider it the best thing I could have done. If I need any further surgeries I will definitely consider using Dr O'Leary.
Columbia, SC |
Top notch surgeon. Dr. O'Leary discussed options with me and once I decided to move forward with the procedure fully explained what I could expect during and after the surgery. I followed his post surgery instructions and my recovery was remarkable.
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  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
  • Arthritis of the Shoulder
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Shoulder Instability

Procedures Performed

  • ACL Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Partial Knee Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Total Shoulder Replacement

Background Check

  • n/a
    Malpractice Claims not available

    Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for South Carolina.

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  • 0

    No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

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  • 0
    Board Actions

    No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

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  • Medical School
    Vanderbilt University School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1993

  • Internship Hospital
    Duke, Dumc

    Completed in 1994

  • Residency Hospital
    Duke University Mc

    Completed in 1999

  • Fellowship Hospital
    University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

    Completed in 2000

  • Undergraduate School
    University of Notre Dame

    Graduated in 1989

Awards & Recognition

  • Awards & Honors
    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
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  • Media & Publications

    Dr. O Leary has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. O Leary's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Sports Medicine
  • Board certified in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery
  • Malpractice claims in South Carolina not available
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found

Why Does Experience Matter?

Even specialists specialize. One orthopedic surgeon might do nothing but hip surgeries, while another does nothing but knees. If you want the best possible care, it’s critical to match your medical need with the doctor who truly specializes in treating it.


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Dr. O Leary's Office & Staff

Ease of scheduling urgent appointments
Office environment, cleanliness, comfort, etc.
Staff friendliness and courteousness
Total wait time (waiting & exam rooms)
16 – 30 minutes

Experience with Dr. O Leary

Level of trust in provider's decisions
How well provider explains medical condition(s)
How well provider listens and answers questions
Spends appropriate amount of time with patients