Dr. James Pappas, MD

Orthopedic SurgeryMaleAge 61

Dr. Pappas
Accepting new patients

Active Sports Medicine

10381 Double R Blvd Reno, NV 89521

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(775) 322-1200

Dr. James Pappas, MD is a Orthopedic Surgery Specialist in Reno, NV and has over 35 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from University Of Nevada School Of Medicine medical school in 1986. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Northern Nevada Medical Center and Renown Regional Medical Center. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Pappas to book an appointment.

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Dr. Pappas is affiliated with Renown Regional Medical Center Reno, a highly rated hospital.

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  • Explains Conditions Well
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Experience
Background

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No malpractice claims found for Nevada
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Pappas' Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Pappas treats Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear) more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Pappas treats this condition more than 99% of his peers

Knee Sprain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Pappas treats Knee Sprain more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Pappas treats this condition more than 99% of his peers

Joint Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Pappas treats Joint Pain more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Pappas treats this condition more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Pappas' conditions and procedures:

  • ACL Surgery
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bursitis
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Excision of Femur or Knee
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Meniscus Surgery
  • Musculoskeletal Function Test
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Non-Traumatic Rupture of Achilles Tendon
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection (PRP)
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Shoulder Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Stress Fracture of Foot
  • Tibia or Fibula Stress Fracture
  • Trigger Finger
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

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Dr. Pappas accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
Balanced Choice-NV PPO
Balanced Pathway-NV HMO
Balanced Pathway-NV PPO
Balanced-NV PPO
Boyd Gaming Network-NV
Bronze Choice (Employer)-NV PPO
Bronze Nevada PPO
Bronze Pathway (Employer)-NV HMO
Bronze Pathway (Pathway / Small Grp)-NV PPO
Bronze Pathway -NV HMO
Bronze Pathway Guided Access -NV HMO
Bronze Pathway X Guided Access-NV HMO
Bronze Pathway X-NV HMO
Catastrophic Pathway X-NV HMO
Catastrophic Pathway-NV HMO
Catastrophic Pathway-NV PPO
Choice (Tier 1 Pathway - Tier 2)-NV PPO
Choice-NV PPO
Gold Choice (Employer)-NV PPO
Gold Nevada PPO
Gold Pathway (Employer)-NV HMO
Gold Pathway (Pathway - PPO / Small Grp)-NV PPO
Gold Pathway Guided Access-NV HMO
Gold Pathway X Guided Access-NV HMO
Gold Pathway X-NV HMO
Gold Pathway-NV HMO
Gold Pathway-NV PPO
Lumenos plans-NV
National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
National (BlueCard) PPO
Nevada HMO
Nevada PPO
Non-HMO- HSA, HRA and HIA+-NV
Pathway /Pathway X-NV HMO
Pathway Guided Access/Pathway X Guided Access-NV HMO
Pathway-NV HMO
Pathway-NV PPO
Silver Choice (Employer)-NV PPO
Silver Core Pathway-NV HMO
Silver Pathway (Employer)-NV HMO
Silver Pathway (Pathway - PPO / Small Grp)-NV PPO
Silver Pathway Guided Access-NV HMO
Silver Pathway X Guided Access-NV HMO
Silver Pathway X-NV HMO
Silver Pathway-NV HMO
Silver-NV PPO
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
Assurant Health
Benefit Planners, Inc.
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
Select PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
Open Access
Open Access Plus
Delta Health System
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Health Net
Humana
Choice Care PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
Operating Engineers Health & Welfare Plan
Preferred Healthcare
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Options PPO
PacifiCare PPO
United Healthcare
Worker's Compensation
Worker's Compensation WC

Dr. Pappas' Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Pappas

3.9

Based on 39 ratings

5 Stars
69.23076923076923%
(27)
4 Stars
2.5641025641025643%
(1)
3 Stars
0%
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2 Stars
2.5641025641025643%
(1)
1 Star
25.641025641025642%
(10)
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What went well
  • Office environment (32)
  • Appointment scheduling (29)
  • Appointment wasn't rushed (27)
What could be improved
  • Didn't listen or answer questions (10)
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions (10)
  • Appointment was rushed (8)
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Very disappointing, who’s office just called and canceled my appointment because I apparently have degenerative joint disease. Well if I was in perfect condition I wouldn’t need to see the doctor. First time in my life that I have been declined by a doctors office. I’m guessing he’s not up for a challenge.
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Hill Christopher And Stephanie – Oct 14, 2019
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Outstanding!!! Has scoped my knees and repaired my shoulder. Explains everything and has a great staff. Nurse Terri is a jewel.
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Mar 15, 2019
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Dr. Pappas repaired my shoulder rotator cuff injury. His staff (specifically nurse Terri), was a great help and the main communicator for scheduling and teaching pre- and post-op tips. Dr. Pappas communicated with my physical therapist here in Elko and I was able to have appointments with him in Elko instead of traveling to Reno although I went there for the surgery. The repair held up even when I fell from a horse a couple years later and broke the wrist and hip on the same side!
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Spring Creek, NV – Feb 13, 2019
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Dr. Pappas is a wonderful doctor. He takes his time and explains everything thoroughly. His office environment is exceptional and all staff are very courteous and helpful. Had a wonderful experience and 10/10 will recommend to all. He’s the only doctor that we will see! We have to travel 80 miles one way and they are always very accommodating for our travel times.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Justin in Susanville, CA – May 17, 2018
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My son has been an athlete for most of his life. He started having issues with his knee a few years into highschool football. We decided to go see Dr. Pappas when he was offered a scholarship to play collegiate football. Dr. Pappas has taken his time and provided us with multiple options to repair his knee. We've seen several ortho doctors in the past and Dr. Pappas is by far the most kowlesdgeable and caring. His staff is also top notch and do a great job not making you wait.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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WASHOE VALLEY – Feb 01, 2018
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Dr. Pappas is awesome and brought me back to normal after my fifth ACL reconstruction. This is the guy to see. He is the only one that does the quad tendon graft and is a pioneer in this. Went to Dr. Pappas as a second opinion after another doctor refused to help me. and wanted to give me a cane and a brace. Five years later still a rock solid knee. Check this guy out!!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Mehdi Rangchi in Reno NV. – Oct 04, 2017
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Dr. Pappas gave me a second opinion regarding possible shoulder surgery. He was very thorough in researching the history of my problem and spent a significant amount of time talking with me. He was very clear and helpful. I really appreciated him and his whole staff
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
6 people found this helpful
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Yvonne in Reno, NV – Sep 25, 2016
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Dr. Pappas is of high integrity as an individual & physician. When I injured my shoulder he was the only Orthopedic physician that suggested an aggressive PT approach first which truly impressed me. Dr. Pappas has proven to me that his approach to orthopedic healthcare is the best. He has completed significant work on my shoulders and knees which has allowed me to maintain a high level of physical activity, to include competitive tennis and recreational skiing. Thank you Dr. Pappas.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Reno, NV – Aug 25, 2016
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This is a efficient, friendly, professional office. I had a huge knee issue over the holidays, and Dr Pappas' office got me in quickly, worked around my busy patient schedule for surgery, and after surgery have been great with the post operative care. Head nurse, Terri, is so good very people, and very knowledgable. I love this office, and you will too.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
5 people found this helpful
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J. Wilkerson in Reno, NV – Mar 02, 2016
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About Me

Care Philosophy

Dr Pappas has advanced training and certification, as well as a vast experience in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery. His surgical practice emphasizes...Read more

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Education

1993
So Sports Med and Orth Center Vanderbilt University
Fellowship Hospital
1992
Vanderbilt University
Residency Hospital
1990
University So Fla
Residency Hospital
1987
U So Fla
Internship Hospital
1986
University Of Nevada School Of Medicine
Medical School
1982
University of Nevada At Reno
Undergraduate School
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What are Dr. James Pappas, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Pappas frequently treats Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear), Knee Sprain, and Joint Pain. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Pappas treats.

Where is Dr. James Pappas, MD's office located?

Dr. Pappas' office is located at 10381 Double R Blvd, Reno, NV 89521. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Locations

Active Sports Medicine

Dr. James Pappas10381 Double R Blvd Reno, NV 89521
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Pappas is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

Northern Nevada Medical Center

Sparks, NV

77% Patient Experience Rating, 8% higher than the national average

Renown Regional Medical Center

Reno, NV

69% Patient Experience Rating, Equal to the national average

4 Awards Received

Award Highlight: America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2021)

Renown South Meadows Medical Center

Reno, NV

67% Patient Experience Rating, 2% lower than the national average

1 Award Received