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Dr. James Chen, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon, Sports Medicine Specialist

Professional statement

I strive to help patients return from injury or disability to an active lifestyle, specific sport, or hobby. I perform advanced and minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery of the knee, shoulder, elbow, hip, and ankle. I practice Sports Medicine and General Orthopaedic Surgery including fracture care, joint replacement (knee, shoulder, hip, elbow). My special interest in the knee is ACL reconstruction and meniscus surgery. My special interest in the shoulder is rotator cuff repair and shoulder stabilization. My job is to give the patient the best possible medical advice and to perform surgery when required to return them to optimal function. Our team works hard to provide each patient with the respect and attention that we would give to our own families.

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Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Sports Medicine Specialist

Practice names

Hospital affiliations

  • California Pacific Medical Center - California Campus
  • California Pacific Medical Center - Pacific Campus
  • Saint Francis Memorial Hospital

Board certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (Orthopaedic Surgery)

Education and training

  • University of Hawai‘i, Residency in Orthopedic Surgery
  • Swarthmore College (Bachelor's)
  • University of California, Berkeley (Master's)
  • Medical School - University of California, Davis, Doctor of Medicine
  • University of California, San Francisco, Fellowship in Orthopedic Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy

Professional memberships

  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • Hawaii Orthopaedic Association
  • International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

Awards and publications

  • Prayson MJ, Chen JL, Hampers D, Vogt M, Fenwick J, Meredick R. Baseline Compartment Pressure Measurements in Isolated Lower Extremity Fractures without Clinical Compartment Syndrome. Journal of Trauma. 2006;60(5):1037-1040.
  • Chen JL, Eno JJ, Mitsunaga MM. Short Same-Segment Fixation of Thoracolumbar Burst Fractures. Hawaii J Med Public Health.. 2012
  • Szabo RM, Anderson KA, Chen JL. Functional Outcome of En bloc Excision and Osteo-articular Allograft Replacement with the Sauve-Kapandji procedure for Campanacci Grade 3 Giant Cell Tumor of Distal Radius. The Journal of Hand Surgery. 2006;31A:1340-1348.

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Languages spoken

  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • English
  • Spanish

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1306040548

Office locations

AOSPORTSMED

450 Sutter Street, Suite 400

San Francisco, CA 94108

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I was 30 minutes early and was seen before my appointment, everyone I saw was very helpful and very speedy. I was given an X-Ray and very clear information about the state of my fracture, instructions on how to proceed withrecovery, and a print out to give to my physical therapist with these same instructions. Overall exactly what I needed with perfect efficiency!
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everyone was friendly and helpful dr. chen was nice and straightforward
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Fantastic and friendly!
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No wait, I arrived 15 mins early taken right away.
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Why the is it so hard to schedule an appointment with this guy? Why won't his staff give you a printed receipt to document a co-pay? I will need an original receipt a documenting my visit for a refund through HSA.I would not recommend this man's office to anyone!
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Dr. Chen has a great disposition and took his time explaining my ankle injury and treatment. I would recommend him to anyone who has these types of injuries.
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He’s great.
Less than 3 months ago
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Dr. Chen is the best surgeon, I'm so grateful to be his patient. He has the best bedside manner, explains everything, so professional and a genius at fixing broken or damaged bones.
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Pros: I really liked that for a surgeon Dr. Chen was NOT quick to recommend surgery. He walked me through my knee MRI images in a very helpful way and suggested that PT and time would be a better treatment optionhere. He also did some quick diagnostics on my shoulder and suggested I try PT and give it some time before going for another MRI. All in all, got what I needed, and in a very quick and efficient manner. Cons: wait time was longer than I expected (~35 minutes). Lots of forms to fill out but I arrived with time to do them.
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Knowledgeable doctor, well informed and great at explaining things to you. Takes the time you need him to.
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I came here for a second opinion. He was very helpful and answered all of my questions.
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Extremely brief. A bit rushed
Less than 3 months ago
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Great doctor with great staff. Made a quick diagnosis, gave me a clear picture of what was wrong using a shoulder model, and recommendations for dealing with the issue. Highly recommended.
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He was good and straight forward This injury isn’t his specialty and he called it immediately and referred me to hand surgeon. Seemed like a good experience but bad diagnosis for me
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Incredibly knowledgeable and kind-hearted doctor! I felt very at ease and comfortable in his care. Overall, staff is very warm and welcoming as well. Fantastic visit!
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fast and to the point
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Very helpful front desk. Dr. Chen seemed very thorough and patient with my questions. He didn't seem to be rushed. He gave me a diagnosis that steers me towards PT so hopefully he's right!
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He was the first doctor I’ve seen who actually listened to my concerns and explained his reasoning behind his recommendations. I feel like he is looking out for me as a patient and trying to get me back to my active lifestyle instead of just passing me through.
Less than 6 months ago
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Dr. Chen and his team took care of my problem with no wait. Great appointment! Thanks!
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always a great experience.
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I waited for about an hour before I saw Dr. Chen, and when he came in, he looked like he was in a rush. He explained everything somewhat clearly, but he seemed to be a bit on the go, which mademe feel rushed, and I was left a bit confused and with a couple of unanswered questions. Otherwise, everything went well and everyone was nice.
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I was in their office 10minutes before my appointment but saw the doctor 30min after my appointment time. I wish in this age where there is a place like One Medical that you see the doctor on time, they don't wastepeople's time. I saw the doctor for less than 5min only to get a piece of paper to get MRI. The total trip 2 hours!
Less than 1 year ago
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He was timely, personable, and unhurried. He and William answered all my question. The front desk was very friendly and helpful as well. I highly recommend Dr. Chen.
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he's great. visits are always satisfactory.
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Great and that Doctor.
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Dr. Chen and his team were very professional and also friendly. All of my questions were answered and am happy that I have a treatment plan I am comfortable with. My office visit was well coordinated across the board. I wasin and out within 35 minutes and able to get back to work on time. Happy to have found Dr. Chen and highly recommend him.
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Dr. Chen was caring, knowledgeable, and presented the information in a clear, detailed, and comprehensive way. I would highly recommend Dr. Chen!
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Excellently!
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Super efficient, knowledgable, knew right away the problem and recommended PT. Also recommended MRI for ankle, which I probably should have gotten a while ago.
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Always great to see Dr. Chen. He's thorough and provides lots of great options for treatment.
Less than 1 year ago
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Thorough and concise.
Less than 1 year ago
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Very professional/considerate/knowledgable
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Smart, thorough, and very helpful!
Less than 1 year ago
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Recently had a large trauma to my leg, Dr Chen and his assistant answered any questions I haf regarding rehabilitation.
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Great service and diagnostic. Everyone is super friendly and helps you with a smile on their face. I recommend to go here if you have any sports related surgery 10/10.
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Great experience!
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i thought Dr. Chen was great. straight to the point. didn't make any assumptions. understood my situation and seems like the right fit.
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Dr. Chen has been helpful and kind in helping me through various knee problems. I am active and athletic and he has been helpful in letting me know my options, explaining answers to my questions, and helping me get back tomy activities. He performed my ACL reconstruction surgery this year and I am healing on schedule. I've had no issues with him and his staff are all extremely friendly, helpful and nice, from the front desk and up. I recommend this dr and his office.
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Minimal wait time in office, friendly staff, felt my concerns were properly addressed. Dr. Chen is a nice, down to earth doctor. I had an MRI to diagnose a torn ligament, he then prescribed physical therapy and discussed recovery with me.I really liked that Dr. Chen broke out his laptop to pull up my MRI scans and show me exactly what was going on with my knee. That was really cool.
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Really great doctor, found the problem in my knee right away and explained perfectly with a knee model.
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I really appreciated Dr. Chen's thorough diagnosis, explanation of what was going on and guidance on what to think about to move forward.
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Receptive, friendly staff. Got to the bottom of my problem right away and gave me resources and referrals to move forward with my recovery. Didn't feel rushed and wasn't waiting around for too long either.
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awed by the efficiency, professionalism and clinical acumen of this team. very sensitive to the patient.
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I've been here twice, once for a sprained wrist and once for a fractured ankle. I love this place. Really friendly staff (from reception to nurses, cast tech, xray tech, doctors, etc.). Doctor James Chen is really knowledgeable and makes sureall your questions are answered before letting you go. High quality of service!
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Fantastic doctor - would recommend to everyone in need of an orthopedist.
More than 1 year ago
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Dr. Chen was great - spent time with me to answer all of my questions and recommended a proactive way of treating me, but also giving me clear recommendations on surgery vs. not (which I always appreciate). I would highly recommend him!
More than 1 year ago
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Perfect
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Great experience - knowledgeable and communicated well would definitely recommend.
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Excellent doctor. He takes the time to talk to me to find out how things are going and what I should continue to do to help my knee. Told me to always come back if needed.
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Doctor and staffs nice. Translator nice and explained clearly. Ea
More than 1 year ago
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