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Dr. James Gardiner, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon, Sports Medicine Specialist

Professional statement

***PLEASE NOTE WHEN SCHEDULING AN APPOINTMENT, YOU MAY RECEIVE A POP INDICATING YOU WILL BE SEEING OUR PHYSICIANS ASSISTANT- JESSICA O'KEEFE *** If you do not see an appointment time that works for you please call the office. Dr. James Gardiner is an orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist treating patients in Bethesda, Maryland, and the surrounding communities. He has been in practice in Montgomery County for more than 14 years. He also holds certification from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery. In order to pursue his medical degree, Dr. Gardiner attended the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He followed his doctoral degree with an internship program at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Dr. Gardiner continued his medical education at Seton Hall University and the St. Joseph Hospital and Medical Center. At these institutions, he received residency training in orthopaedic surgery and completed a fellowship program in sports medicine. Patients visiting Dr. Gardiner can receive a full range of orthopaedic services. He provides general consultations and treatment for issues with the hand, elbow, back, knee, ankle, and foot. Treatment for sports injuries is also available. Dr. Gardiner was recognized for his excellence in practice in 2010, when he was named “Washingtonian Top Doctor.”

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Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Sports Medicine Specialist

Practice names

Hospital affiliations

  • Shady Grove Adventist Hospital
  • Suburban Hospital

Board certifications

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

Education and training

  • Medical School - Georgetown University, Doctor of Medicine
  • Seton Hall University, Saint Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Fellowship in Sports Medicine
  • Seton Hall University, Saint Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Residency in Orthopedic Surgery
  • University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (Internship)

Awards and publications

  • Washingtonian Top Doctor 2010

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Languages spoken

  • English

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1295742450

Office locations

Maryland Orthopedic Specialists

6430 Rockledge Drive, Suite 510

Bethesda, MD 20817

Maryland Orthopedic Specialists

19847 Century Blvd., Suite 205

Germantown, MD 20874

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The staff including the doctor were very professional. I didn't have to spend hours waiting to see the doctor. That for me was an A+
Less than 1 month ago
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I was in and out so fast got all of my problems answered and one quick session loved it
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I arrived early but was seen in about 5 mins after finishing the new-patient paperwork. Dr. Gardiner and his assistant were very thorough and took the time to explain things. I never felt rushed. If I have any other running issues, I’ll be back!
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Dr. James Gardiner was excellent and took his time to listen to my concerns, how I got hurt and provided best evaluation and treatment options to me for my injury/pain. Thanks, doc. Best Regards, Mobeen
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Waited for an hour and 40 minutes before I was seen with no explanation or apology for the delay. Doctor was in and out in 5 minutes. Very disappointed.
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It went great!
Less than 6 months ago
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I have seen Dr. Gardiner several times over the last two plus years for a variety of issues and have always been pleased with the interactions. I think he listens carefully to what I say and then provides direct feedback ineasy to understand language which has helped to address the issue that I came in with. The folks on the staff whether its the front office or the medical staff are also top notch.
Less than 6 months ago
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He was dismissive and did not take any of my concerns seriously. He barely even asked me any health questions. The physical therapist at this office and front desk staff are wonderful but I will never go back to this MD.
Less than 1 year ago
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Was taken back 5 minutes before my appointment. Verified my information, got an X-ray and saw the doctor less than 5 minutes after X-ray.
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He accommodated my request to obtain a MRI picture of the Left Knee.
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The only reason for "Good" instead of "Excellent - It's just not possible for feel excellent about ANY doctor comes into the room, prepared to drain your knee and inject cortisone.
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I have been to Dr. Gardiner many times before. I keep coming back because I appreciate his bedside manner as well as the time he spends making sure all your questions are answered.
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Your zoc doc website had issues trying to make the appt. the only times available were only displayed when choosing new paietients tab.
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The doctor was extremely professional and personable. He recognized my issue, treated it and gave me instructions for followup.
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It was great. I was given forms to fill it before my visit and thus when I arrived to my appointment I was seen right away. Dr. Gardiner's assistant was super nice and efficient. And, Dr Gardiner's advice and consultation was excellent. I had a great visit. Thank you!!
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People were nice, front desk people felt a bit rude
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Was a pleasant experience and the doctor was great to explain me my options
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Nice and easy visit
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Great!!!
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Dr Gardiner is such a great doctor. He is always willing to discuss and explain Any and all options for treatment. His staff is also excellent and very helpful.
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Professional and courteous service
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He was able to diagnose my injury and gave me straightforward advice. Would've appreciated a bit more in depth discussion about how such an injury happens, how to avoid it, etc. but I got the most important thing I needed out of the appt--advice and diagnosis. Tech was great.
More than 1 year ago
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Service was great and I will be back!
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First, I was delighted to get an appointment so quickly. Dr. Gardiner was down-to-earth. I appreciated his ability to be clear and very helpful with the right questions. He had a handle on the exact issue quickly. I would definitely go to Dr. Gardiner again!
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Dr. Gardiner has a good manner about him when discussing your particular malady. He is particularly good with those of us who are (or were, LOL) athletes since he asks questions demonstrating an understanding how a particular injury took place.He gives the information that allows the patient to masked sn informed choice.
More than 1 year ago
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Dr. Gardiner is a good listener, realistic, supportive, appropriately non-aggressive, and solution oriented, offering a number of viable options, involving the patient in the decision making process.
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The nurse and x-ray tech were both very friendly and helpful. Dr. Gardiner was friendly, but seemed to rush my appointment to the point that I did not feel comfortable asking him any questions. I felt as though I were inconveniencinghim. I will go here if I ever need a quick and easy "yes or no", but anything more complicated than that, I will take somewhere else. One good thing was that the scheduling process was incredibly easy. I booked the appointment the night before online! I have never done that before for a specialist.
More than 1 year ago
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Staff were pleasant and competent. Dr. Gardiner is so kind and personable, you feel you've always known him. Treatment was quick and effective. I will go back to him when needed
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Probably the worse physician I have been to thus far. Provided no guidance or expertise whatsoever for my issue. I even had to suggest getting an xray myself. Actually stated " i have nothing to advise you." another waste of a time and effort to see this doctor.
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HE WAS VERY INFORMATIVE AND NICE. DR. GARDINER HAS TREATED ME ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS THRU THE YEARS AND HAS BEEN OUTSTANDING.
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the visit was great- i was able to get in on short notice. Zocdoc made the check in quicker.
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Dr. Gardiner is a great doctor who is very professional and takes his time to see patients and explains all procedures in detail to make sure you understand. His staff is great too.
More than 1 year ago
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0 minute wait unheard of in this day and age. Great and friendly staff, Dr Gardiner is very sharp and efficient.
More than 1 year ago
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He was very honest, knowledgeable, and extremely helpful, as was all his staff. I would not go to another orthopedic surgeon for anything else. I wish he could do I hip replacement surgery, but I trust he has put me in good hands for that. He was great!
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Dr. Gardiner is professional and kind. His experience is much appreciated and his measured recommendations are a sensible approach to a possible lengthy recovery period. Highly recommended.
More than 1 year ago
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The staff is very friendly and helpful. The appointment was efficient, there was no waiting around.
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Dr. Gardiner is very thorough and patient. He takes time to explain the options, and provides advice that almost seems like he's considering how he would have the options of remedies performed on himself - i.e., which ones he would bewilling to undergo to remedy the condition. This approach results in a good collaborative decision on what remedy to pursue.
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I dont have insurance and in US just 3 weeks here. So I am new to all med treatment. Dr James was very nice and make me discount for the crutches and leg equipment . The leg is not broken but i have high ankle sprain.
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It was very good and helped reduce a lot of anxiety and uncertainty about my condition.
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I had an 8:10 appointment and was there early. I didn't get taken in untill 8:45. The MRI was not sent over, which may not have been their error but their approach was condescending. I was referred there based on anMRI from another issue. The doctor was rude about why I was there and said there was no need. That's great news, but could have been handled less condesending.
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Just a "run of the mill" visit, with just the minimum time necessary to get the work done.
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Great practice, well organized team, Dr. Gardiner quickly diagnosed my issue and recommended treatment that worked immediately and his staff was pleasant, helpful and very nice to work with. I highly recommend Dr. Gardiner for any orthopedic issues.
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Dr. Gardiner was fantastic! His office environment and staff were both friendly and inviting. Exceeded expectations. Parking and location is super-convenient. Highly recommended.
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Dr Gardiner's office staff saw me right away, quickly took my medical information and X-Rays. Dr Gardiner determined a quick diagnosis and treatment plan. Walked out of the office feeling better than I had in weeks!
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The doctor was very friendly and quite clear about the diagnosis.
More than 1 year ago
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I really needed a doctor who listens and wasn't afraid to advise me as to the best treatments available for my conditions. Dr. Gardiner, spent the time to teach me about what is wrong, and listened to my concerns. Dr. Gardinerdidn't send me away feeling empty and hopeless, but with a plan of action.
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I spent more time filling out my information and speaking with the assistant beforehand than I did with the doctor. He was very dismissive of my pain and left me with the advice that "it is what it is" and "thereis no right answer". "Eventually it will feel better"; "Try to get back to the gym"...All of which made me feel like an idiot and like he felt that I must be making the pain up or something. He said I could try physical therapy "if I wanted to"...but the whole point of me making an appointment with an orthopedic specialist was for HIS advice. Not to tell me to continue trying what I'm doing and hope it will get better eventually. No prescriptions were written for pain or muscle spasm and he told me just to take Advil.
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Dr, Gardner is a great orthopedist. He has performed shoulder surgery on me three times, knee replacement for my wife, and I am now scheduled for my own knee replacement with him. We have complete confidence in him.
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At all honesty Ihave very little experience on bilateral knee surgery, but how mr. Gardener performed operation it was just like a walk in pparadis. My opinion he really one of the best! Thanks Vladimir Sadkov.
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Dr. Gardiner and his staff did a great job of taking care of and treating me. They team was curious, professional and did more than what was expected!
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