Dr. James Zmolek, MD

OrthopedicsMaleAge 63

Orthopedics

Dr. James Zmolek, MD is a Orthopedic Specialist in Santa Barbara, CA and has over 38 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from University of California School of Medicine - Los Angeles medical school in 1984. He is affiliated with Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. His office is not accepting new patients.

Dr. James Zmolek, MD

Sansum Clinic

215 Pesetas Ln Fl 3 Santa Barbara, CA 93110 ()

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(805) 681-1761

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Dr. Zmolek is affiliated with Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Santa Barbara, a highly rated hospital.

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Dr. Zmolek's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Osteoarthritis
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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
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Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Zmolek treats Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh more than 97% of his peers

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

Osteoarthritis of Hip
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very high

Treatment Frequency

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

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

Dr. Zmolek's conditions and procedures:

  • Achilles Tendon Rupture Repair
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Avascular Necrosis
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Scan
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Injection
  • 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
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Excision of Femur or Knee
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Gout
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Fluid Test
  • 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 Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • McMurray's Test
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Meniscus Surgery
  • Musculoskeletal Function Test
  • Myelopathy
  • Myositis Ossificans
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Partial Knee Replacement
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reiter's Syndrome (Reactive Arthritis)
  • 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 Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spinal and Postural Screening
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Tibia or Fibula Stress Fracture
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Trigger Finger
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Unicompartmental Hip Surgery
  • Wrist Fracture

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Dr. Zmolek accepts the following insurance:

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Dr. Zmolek's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Zmolek

4.5

Based on 28 ratings

5 Stars
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Dr. Zmolek , Is very knowledgeable, caring and makes the visit very relaxing and he gives the patients options and lets them decide. His bed side matters are very refreshing and genuine I would highly recommend him If you have and shoulder problems
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • 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
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Sep 03, 2021
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Dr. Zmolek performed an unsuccessful surgery on me. He does not appear to know how to work with issues that are not the norm. He's possibly used to going through the motions of performing the same procedures on older adults and is not up to speed on newer technologies or ways to approach more complicated cases nor does he think outside the box. I was forced to have the same surgery again with another surgeon and am brand new. Would not recommend. He's friendly which is his only plus.
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
What could be improved
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Sep 17, 2020
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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.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • 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
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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.
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
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
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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.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • 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
3 people found this helpful
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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.
What went well
  • 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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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.
What went well
  • 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
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
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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.
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
3 people found this helpful
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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.
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
11 people found this helpful
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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!)
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
7 people found this helpful
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Andrew Anthony in Santa Barbara, CA – Nov 22, 2016
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Eccellent.!!
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
7 people found this helpful
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Valdez fam. in Santa barbara ca. – Jan 08, 2016
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Biography

Dr. James Zmolek, MD is a Orthopedic Specialist in Santa Barbara, CA and has over 38 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from University...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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Dr. Zmolek frequently treats Osteoarthritis, Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh, and Osteoarthritis of Hip. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Zmolek treats.

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Dr. Zmolek's office is located at 215 Pesetas Ln Fl 3, Santa Barbara, CA 93110. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Locations

Practice

Sansum Clinic215 Pesetas Ln Fl 3 Santa Barbara, CA 93110
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Sansum Clinic4151 Foothill Rd Bldg A Santa Barbara, CA 93110
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Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital

Santa Barbara, CA

87% Patients that would definitely recommend, 17% higher than the national average

9 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2021)