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Dr. James Zmolek, MD

Orthopedics ·  Male · Age 61

Dr. Zmolek
4151 Foothill Rd Santa Barbara, CA 93110

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Dr. James Zmolek, MD is an orthopedic specialist in Santa Barbara, CA and has been practicing for 30 years. He graduated from David Geffen School Of Medicine At UCLA, University Of California, Los Angeles in 1984 and specializes in orthopedics, sports medicine, and more.


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Dr. Zmolek accepts the following insurance:

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Choice Plus POS II
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
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Select Plus HMO
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No malpractice claims found for California
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. Zmolek's Top Procedures and Conditions

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

Treatment Frequency

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

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

Osteoarthritis
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Zmolek treats Osteoarthritis more than 98% of his peers

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

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle
  • Osteoarthritis of Elbow
  • Osteoarthritis of Finger Joint
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteoarthritis of Toe
  • Osteoarthritis of Wrist
Bone Disorders
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Zmolek treats Bone Disorders more than 98% of his peers

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

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
  • 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
  • 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 22 reviews

5 Stars
86.36363636363636%
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4 Stars
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2 Stars
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(1)
1 Star
9.090909090909092%
(2)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Eccellent.!!
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Biography

Dr. James Zmolek, MD is an orthopedic specialist in Santa Barbara, CA and has been practicing for 30 years. He graduated from David Geffen School Of Medicine At UCLA, University Of California, Los Angeles in 1984 and specializes in orthopedics, sports medicine, and more.

Specialties

  • Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

Board Certifications

Education

1989
Usc Los Angeles Co Hospital
Residency Hospital
1985
Usc Los Angeles Co Hospital
Internship Hospital
1984
David Geffen School Of Medicine At UCLA, University Of California, Los Angeles
Medical School
1989
1985
1984

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

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82% Patient experience rating, 13% higher than the national average

  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2019, 2018, 2017)
  • Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™ (2018, 2017)