James L. Chen, MD

Dr. Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, and Arthroscopy

Dr. Chen is a Sports Medicine, knee and shoulder surgeon specializing in minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques. His practice includes general orthopaedic injuries, fractures, joint replacements, and adult and pediatric sports medicine. He has expertise in anatomic ACL reconstruction and completed his specialty fellowship at UCSF in Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, and Arthroscopy. He has published numerous articles on ACL reconstruction and has received the Thompson Award.

Dr. Chen enjoys helping his patients return to activity and has worked as a team doctor for college and professional athletes. During his time at UCSF and in Hawaii, he worked with the Cal Berkeley Basketball and Soccer teams, the University of Hawaii Football team and Kamehameha Schools athletics. He is currently the team physician for several local schools and organizations including Stuart Hall High School and Dragon House Mixed Martial Arts. He also works with the USA Sevens Rugby teams.

A native of Northern California, Dr. Chen was raised Sacramento where he played soccer at Jesuit High School and for the Olympic Development program. He went on to play soccer for Swarthmore College and served as the team captain. He enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, playing soccer, running and skiing.

Sports Medicine
Advanced Arthroscopic Surgery
Anatomic ACL Reconstruction
Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
Arthroscopic Meniscus Repair
Arthroscopic Knee and Shoulder Surgery

UCSF Orthopaedic Surgery Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy, Fellow
Univ. of Hawaii, Queens Medical Ctr. Orthopaedic Surgery, Resident
Univ. of California Davis, M.D.
Univ. of California Berkeley, M.P.H.
Swarthmore College, B.S.

Awards and Distinctions
Paul R. Lipscomb Award for Excellence in Orthopaedics, UC Davis School of Medicine
Loren D. Carlson Research Award, UC Davis School of Medicine
Vernon Thompson Award, Western Orthopaedic Association
Allen B Richardson Award, Hawaii Orthopaedic Association
Chen JL, Allen CR, Stephens T, Feeley BT. Differences in mechanisms of failure, intraoperative findings, and outcomes between single- and multiple-revision ACL reconstructions: A MARS cohort study. American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2013. May.
Sena M, Chen JL, Dellamaggiora R, Coughlin DG, Lotz JC, Feeley BT. Dynamic evaluation of pivot shift kinematics in physeal-sparing pediatric anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction techniques. American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2013;41(4):826-34.
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.
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.
Allen RH, Szabo RM, Chen JL. Outcome assessment of hand function after radial artery harvesting for coronary artery bypass. The Journal of Hand Surgery. 2004;29A:628-637.
Chen JL, Eno JJ, Mitsunaga MM. Short same-segment fixation of thoracolumbar burst fractures. Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2012

Professional Memberships
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Arthroscopy Association of North America
International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

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