Dr. James Zmolek, MD

Orthopedics •  Male • Age 62
  
Dr. Zmolek
4151 Foothill Rd Santa Barbara, CA 93110

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(805) 681-7564

Dr. James Zmolek, MD is a Orthopedic Specialist in Santa Barbara, CA and has over 36 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Zmolek has more experience with Knee/Lower Limbs and Hip/Pelvic Bones than other specialists in his area. He graduated from University of California School of Medicine - Los Angeles medical school in 1984. He is affiliated with Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Zmolek to book an appointment.


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(805) 681-7564

Dr. Zmolek accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
$0 Cost Share AI-AN (Pathway X - EPO/ Individual Via Exchange)-CA EPO
Advantage-CA HMO
Advantage-CA PPO
Balanced (Prudent Buyer)-CA PPO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Individual-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Large Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Small Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Individual-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Large Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Small Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Student Health-CA PPO
Blue Cross-CA HMO-POS
Bronze (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze 60 D EPO (Pathway - EPO/ Individual)-CA
Bronze 60 D HDHP (Pathway - EPO/ Individual)-CA EPO
Bronze 60 EPO (Pathway X - EPO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA
Bronze 60 EPO AI-AN (Pathway X - EPO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA
Bronze 60 HDHP (Pathway X - EPO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA EPO
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Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Bronze Pathway EPO (Pathway - EPO/ Individual)-CA
Bronze w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Dignity Health Custom Advantage-CA HMO
Dignity Health EPO / PPO-CA
Dignity Health PHC EPO & HDP/HSA-CA
Dignity Health Ventura EPO/PPO-CA
EPO-CA
Gold (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Gold (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold 80 D EPO (Pathway - EPO/ Individual)-CA
Gold 80 EPO (Pathway X - EPO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA
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Gold Advantage-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Lumenos Plans-CA PPO
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MemorialCare Custom-CA PPO
Minimum Coverage D EPO (Pathway - EPO/ Individual)-CA
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Platinum (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
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Silver 70 EPO Off Exchange-CA
Silver 73 EPO (Pathway X - EPO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA
Silver 87 EPO (Pathway X - EPO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA
Silver 94 EPO (Pathway X - EPO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA
Silver Advantage-CA PPO
Silver EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
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UCSHIP-CA PPO
USC Plan (Two Tiered Network)-CA HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
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Select Plus HMO
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HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
MultiPlan
PHCS Network PPO

Background Check

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Practice Areas

Knee/Lower Limbs

Knee and lower limb surgeons perform procedures such as total knee replacement, partial knee replacement, and tendor repair, to treat conditions including arthritis, ligament tears, or bone fractures.Compare with other Knee/Lower Limbs specialists.

Typically treats 62% more than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 14 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Knee Disorders
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Zmolek treats Knee Disorders more than 96% of their peers

Dr. Zmolek treats this condition more than 96% of their peers

Osteoarthritis of Knee
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Zmolek treats Osteoarthritis of Knee more than 94% of their peers

Dr. Zmolek treats this condition more than 94% of their peers

Knee Sprain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Zmolek treats Knee Sprain more than 93% of their peers

Dr. Zmolek treats this condition more than 93% of their peers

Hip/Pelvic Bones

Hip surgery includes arthroscopy, fracture repair, resurfacing, and replacment to treat conditions affecting the hip, such as arthritis, dysplasia, and injuries.Compare with other Hip/Pelvic Bones specialists.

Typically treats 60% more than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 7 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Osteoarthritis of Hip
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Zmolek treats Osteoarthritis of Hip more than 97% of their peers

Dr. Zmolek treats this condition more than 97% of their peers

Hip Sprain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Zmolek treats Hip Sprain more than 95% of their peers

Dr. Zmolek treats this condition more than 95% of their peers

Hip Pointer Injuries
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Zmolek treats Hip Pointer Injuries more than 80% of their peers

Dr. Zmolek treats this condition more than 80% of their peers

Check Dr. Zmolek's experience treating your condition or procedure

Dr. Zmolek's conditions and procedures:

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Broken Arm
  • Bunion
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Fracture Care
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Gout
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Heel Spur
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Knee Surgery
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • 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
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Tibia or Fibula Stress Fracture
  • Trigger Finger
  • Trigger Point Injection

Dr. Zmolek's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Zmolek

4.5

Based on 27 ratings

5 Stars
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4 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Star
7.407407407407407%
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  • Explained conditions well (23)
  • Listened & answered questions (23)
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  • Difficult to schedule appointment (3)
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Dr Zmolek did my hip replacement in 1991 when I was 28 and I was ecstatic that he was still practicing when I had my revision done.
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May 06, 2020
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Amazing surgeon! I was trying to avoid the inevitable for years as my left shoulder had sustained three dislocations during high school college sports. A lot of arthritis and adhesions developed over the years causing excruciating pain and restricted range of motion. Sleeping was impossible! Results a year later from my shoulder replacement are way better than I could have ever expected! Ready for a new knee, now and would not even consider going to someone else.
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Santa Barbara – Mar 22, 2020
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Well when was 12 I tore my foot completely off. After a 23 hour surgery he successfully reattached it. With successfully aligning the growth plates which allowed my leg to grow ! I just turned 40 and have very minor pains to that ankle! Need I say more! This man is amazing ! Thank you Dr. Zmolek
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Feb 04, 2020
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I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Zmolek to anyone who needs their knees replaced. He did a fantastic job on mine. It's been 19 years and so far I haven't had any trouble with them. What I liked was he didn't push me to get them done but told me when I was ready I would let him know and I did.
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Marilyn S. – Sep 17, 2019
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Dr. JZ repaired my left shoulder. 17 years ago. He did a fantastic job, immediately i realized the shoulder worked better than the other one ever did. I think he's a fine surgeon. I would recommend him to family & friends.
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Zimny in Ventura, CA – Dec 10, 2017
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I cannot recommend doctor Zmolek. He did my ACL and two months after surgery without even play any sports my ACL is torn again. Now I have a useless leg and zero money for another surgery and he refused to take responsibility and do another surgery. He wants me to pay again.
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Santa Barbara, CA – Aug 16, 2017
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Words cannot express how terrific Dr. Zmolek is. He is a kind and caring professional who is also a highly skilled surgeon. He has done three surgeries for me and I would not hesitate to recommend him, or to go back to him if the need arose. A truly wonderful man. My only caveat is that his office is insanely busy, and terribly understaffed, so getting in with an urgent matter is out of the question.
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santa barbara, ca – Jul 17, 2017
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Very friendly and knowledgeable. Gives you the one on one time needed for patient to understand everything. Does not make you feel rushed and happy to answer any questions you may have.
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Joni Acquistapace in Carpinteria, CA – Apr 01, 2017
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I cannot say enough good things about Dr. zmolek. he knows what he is doing. More importantly, he has a heart and treats a patient like a fellow human being. Highly recommended.
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Santa Barbara, CA – Dec 05, 2016
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TKR November 1/2016. Dr. 'Z' is a superstar. 3 weeks later up and moving around with limited pain and full extension and flexion. Stay local, no reason to go to Napa! (Unless you're there for the wine!)
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Andrew Anthony in Santa Barbara, CA – Nov 22, 2016
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Eccellent.!!
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Biography

Dr. James Zmolek, MD is a Orthopedic Specialist in Santa Barbara, CA and has over 36 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Zmolek has more experience with Knee/Lower Limbs and Hip/Pelvic Bones than other specialists in his area. He graduate...Read more

Specialties

  • Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

Board Certifications

Education

1989
USC-Los Angeles Co Hosp
Residency Hospital
1985
USC-Los Angeles Co Hosp
Internship Hospital
1984
University of California School of Medicine - Los Angeles
Medical School

Awards

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4151 Foothill Rd Santa Barbara, CA 93110
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Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital

Santa Barbara, CA

80% Patient experience rating, 11% higher than the national average

  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
  • Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™ (2018)