Dr. James Talkington, MD

Dr. James Talkington, MD

Orthopedic Arthroscopy  |  
Male  |  
64 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Talkington founded Florida Sportsmedicine and Orthopedics, P.A. in 1989, just a few years after completing his medical training. Dr. Talkington graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 1980, graduating with honors (magna cum laude), second in his class. After completing a four-year residency in orthopedic surgery at University Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida in 1984, Dr. Talkington pursued a sports medicine fellowship at the University of Chicago. When he opened his practice in Panama City, he was the first sports medicine doctor in Bay County. Dr. Talkington is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons. He has hospital privileges at Gulf Coast Medical Center and Northwest Florida Surgery Center. He is an active member of the American Medical Association, Arthroscopy Association of Northwest Florida, and Bays Medical Society.

Florida Sportsmedicine and Orthopaedics, PA

2428 Jenks Ave

Panama City, FL 32405
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
  • Cigna
  • Federal Employee Program (FEP)
  • Golden Rule
  • Humana
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare
  • WellCare
  • WellPoint
  • Worker's Compensation

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Care Philosophy

Whether you are an elite athlete or returning to the work place, we use the most advanced techniques available. Dr. Talkington takes a personal approach to each patient.
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Dr. Talkington's Experience

Dr. Talkington'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 Arthroscopy
  • Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Orthopedic Arthroscopy
  • Adult Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Injury
  • Ankle Instability
  • Ankle Laxity
  • Ankle Ligament Rupture
  • Ankle Sprain
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Avulsion Fracture
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bunion
  • Bursitis
  • Calcaneus Fracture
  • Carpal Fractures
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Colles' Fracture
  • Complex Fractures
  • Compound Fracture
  • Compression Fracture
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Distal Radius Fracture
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Fracture
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Injuries
  • Foot Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Fractured Lower Leg
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Bursitis
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Knee Ligament Rupture
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Sprain
  • Knee Tendinitis
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprains and Tears
  • Meniscus Injuries
  • Meniscus Tear
  • Metatarsal Fracture
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pediatric Ankle Fractures
  • Pediatric Fractures
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injuries
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Labral Tear
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Simple Fractures
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Sports Injuries of the Knee
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Stress Fracture
  • Stress Fracture of Foot
  • Subacromial Bursitis
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Tibia Fracture
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Toe Fractures
  • Trigger Finger
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
  • Wrist Fracture


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  • ACL Surgery
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture Repair
  • Ankle Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Knee Shaving
  • Arthroscopic Labrum Repair
  • Arthroscopic Meniscus Repair
  • Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Bicep Repairs
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery, Open
  • Closed Reduction Surgery
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Surgery
  • Excision of Cyst
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Surgery
  • Fracture Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF)
  • Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment
  • Glenoid Labrum Repair
  • Hand Surgery
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Ligament Reconstruction
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee Tendon Repair
  • Lateral Meniscus Repair
  • Medial Meniscus Repair
  • Meniscectomy
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff and Labral Repair
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate
  • Wrist Surgery


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Florida.

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 Mississippi Medical Center
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1980
  • University Of Mississippi
    Medical School | Graduated 1980
  • University Of Mississippi
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1980
  • Jacksonville Health and Education, Jacksonville Florida
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1985
  • University Hospital Jacksonville Florida
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1984
  • Sportsmedicine-University Of Chicago
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1986

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Magna Cum Laude-University of Mississippi Medical School, 1981
  • Goodpasture Award for Paathology,
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Talkington's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Talkington to family and friends
based on 66 total reviews (19 with comments)
Dr. Talkington'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 (19)
in Panama City,fl |
Dr. Talkington told me everything about my surgery. Him and his staff was all friendly and showed they care.
in Panama City Beach, FL |
VERY rude and superior-acting staff. Receptionist Stephanie, for example is the most crass, uncaring individual I have EVER had to deal with in the medical community.
This person has NEVER BEEN SEEN as a patient by me. He has NEVER been to my office. He called to make an appointment and was inappropriate on the phone and I choose not to see him as a patient.
Panama City, FL |
Horrible. He walks out of the room rudely and wouldn't help me. I wouldn't trust him to do anything.
Horrible works both ways. This is the adult son of the patient. He did all the talking and was completely deceptive and manipulative from the get-go. Neither he nor his mother wanted me to perform an examination much less an x-ray. The ONLY thing he would TALK about was a disabled parking permit.
in Panama City, FL |
I was having horrible pain in my elbow. I couldn't do anything without my arm shaking uncontrollably. I would even drop things without warning. I went to Dr. Talkington and he suggested a surgery. Arthroscopic lateral epicondylitis release. I now have my arm back to normal. Amazing staff and A+ Dr. thank you from the bottom of my heart.
in Lynn Haven, FL |
Dr. Talkington's bedside manners were good. He explained and checked to make sure we understood what was going to happen and what was expected.
in Panama City, FL |
Very flexible scheduling. Was able to see me on a moments notice after my shoulder surgery for anything I had going on. Very great care. His staff are all very nice. He did a great job on my bicep tendendsis surgery. I am about 15 weeks post op and am well on my way to being 100%. Highly recommended!
in Panama City, FL |
Dr. Talkington is a true professional. For many years, I have put off seeing a surgeon; due to a bad surgical experience I had many years ago in California. But after being treated by Dr. Talkington, I have changed my view on the surgery process. He has tremendously improved my quality of life. In fact, I am so pleased with his facility, staff and his work that I will be returning for additional treatment on ailments that I have been putting off for too long. Also, I referred my wife to him.
in Panama City, Florida |
My husband and I saw Dr. Talkington for shoulder and hip pain. He was so thorough and in the end his treatment relieved the pain! Computers in the office allowed Dr. Talkington to show us where the problem was! Michelle was amazing at getting our appointments and making sure that our insurance covered the services provided! What a GREAT TEAM! I'll recommend you to all my friends-thank you!!
in Panama City, FL |
I had a torn meniscus in my Right knee repaired by Dr. Talkington last Nov with a fantastic outcome. The outcome was such, I decided to have the Left knee repaired last week. So far, the result seems to be the same or better. Both of my knees have been causing pain for some time, I just wish I would have entrusted Dr. Talkington and his staff sooner. Great Dr and staff!! Would highly recommend!!
in Panama City Beach, FL |
At the age of 71, I came to Dr. Talkington for rotator cuff surgery to address a prolonged bicep tendon injury and frozen shoulder condition. My choice was based on my wife's successful ACL and MCL surgery, his sports medicine credentials, and recommendations by trusted physical therapists. Through the Lord's grace and Dr. Talkington's blessed skill, my surgery was also successful. I ceased post operative pain medication 48 hours after surgery and commenced physical therapy 2 days after that.
in Lynn Haven, FL |
Not only does Dr. Talkington look like Kevin Spacey, but he's just about the coolest guy you can imagine cutting on your joints. From the first meeting we had, the good doctor and his staff have been fantastically professional and accommodating. The Doctor himself is confident, technical, and competent, and has a great attitude. This office is so good, that if I were injured and living in a different part of the country I would come back here just so I could be under their care again.
in Lynn Haven, FL |
Very good doctor. Listens to his patients.
in Sanford, FL |
My expierence with Dr. Talkington was outstanding. He was very nice and understanding. All the staff in the office is very friendly. I found scheduling appointments very easy and quick. I called the office and they fit me in to next day. Once in the office I waited a very short time in the waiting room. Less then 10 mins. They had me back in a room and I saw Dr. Talkington not long after being in the room. Definitely recommend anyone needing an orthopedic surgeon or Doctor to go see him.
in Panama City, FL |
We had a wonderful experience with Dr Talkington and his staff . I took my daughter to see him with a fractured foot. The office staff is wonderful and we didn't have to wait to see the doctor but a few minutes. He spoke with us where we understood what he found and how to treat it. He made me feel very confident in his treatment.
in Panama City, FL |
i woke up one morning with my shoulder killing me, call Dr. Talkington's office was offer an appointment the next day. Dr. Talkington did an ultrasound and recommended an injection, it hasn't bothered me since.
in Panama City, FL |
Thank you Dr. Talkington for seeing me and explaining in detail my diagnosis and options. My experience was awesome! Everyone in your office took time with me and made me feel special.
in Panama City, FL |
Dr. Talkington and the entire staff are a cut above the rest. They all go the extra mile to make sure you are taken care of. The digital xrays were amazing. Thank you for taking care of me.
in Panama city, fl |
He knew right away what was wrong. Great Dr. Listen to me and let me know what to expect after surgery. Very little down time , I was back at work 2 1/2 weeks after surgery. I'm doing great I recommend Dr. Talkington to anyone with sports injuries .
in Panama City, FL |
dr talkington & his wife ann do just as their name implies TALK - they don't listen enough!!
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Dr. Talkington accepts 15 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
    Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access
  • Federal Employee Program (FEP)
  • Golden Rule
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Tricare
    TriCare for Life
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  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Options PPO
    United Healthcare
  • WellCare
  • WellPoint
  • Worker's Compensation
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Hospitals where Dr. Talkington has admitting privileges

Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center
449 W 23rd St
Panama City, FL 32405
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