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Orthopaedic surgeons see you on your best and worst days. The road from injury to recovery can be challenging, and the right surgeon will make a world of difference.

Dr. James Chen is a fellowship-trained general orthopaedic surgeon who focuses on treating sports-related injuries and helping individuals regain their quality of life. He specializes in minimally-invasive arthroscopic surgery for the knee, shoulder, elbow, hip, and ankle, which means a quicker, easier recovery for patients, with the added benefit of less scarring. He also treats fractures and performs sports arthroplasty — minimally invasive joint replacement of the knee, shoulder, hip, and elbow.

Growing up in Sacramento in a family of doctors, he was lucky to witness the rewards of helping people get back to where they want to be physically firsthand. He became interested in sports medicine from playing soccer at Jesuit High School and for the Olympic Development Program. He served as the team captain for his college team. After graduating from Swarthmore College, he moved back to California to get his Master’s in Public Health at UC Berkeley and his Doctorate of Medicine from UC Davis. He then completed his internship and residency at the prestigious University of Hawaii, Queens Medical Center and a fellowship at UCSF in Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, and Arthroscopy. He is board-certified in both Orthopaedic Surgery and the subspecialty of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. He is an assistant clinical professor at UCSF School of Medicine and the Director of the San Francisco Sports Medicine Fellowship.

Since 2011, Dr. Chen has maintained his private practice and one of the most well-respected orthopedic injury treatment centers in San Francisco. He is celebrated as one of the top orthopaedic surgeons in the area, not just for his abilities in the operating room, but for his good-humored personality, expert knowledge, and personalized care. Dr. Chen loves working with people, and his patient-oriented approach helps establish the bedrock of trust and confidence necessary to achieving the best possible outcome.

His expertise covers general orthopaedic injuries, fractures, joint replacements, meniscus surgery, rotator cuff repair, and anatomic ACL reconstruction, as well as minimally invasive arthroplasty for all major joints. He enjoys working with goal-oriented patients who are committed to returning to their highest possible level of performance.

Dr. James Chen

One thing that sets me apart is that I can put myself in the patient’s shoes. I spend time getting to know what their real goals and objectives are.


Personal Interests

Outside of work, Dr. Chen enjoys spending time with his wife and four children, playing soccer, running, and skiing. He is the team physician for several local schools, San Francisco City Football Club, and San Francisco Elite Soccer Academy.

Dr. James Chen with patien

Education and Experience

Dr. Chen stays at the top of his field by constantly taking continuing education courses, attending seminars and lectures, and learning about the most advanced technologies to better serve his patients.

After studying biology as an undergraduate at Swarthmore College, Dr. Chen earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at the prestigious UC Davis School of Medicine. He completed both a general surgery internship and orthopaedic surgery fellowship at The Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Before entering private practice, he also completed a fellowship in sports medicine at UC San Francisco.


Swarthmore College


University of California, Davis
Doctor of Medicine


University of Hawaii/Queens Medical Center
General Surgery


University of Hawaii/Queens Medical Center
Orthopaedic Surgery


University of California, San Francisco
Sports Medicine

Certifications & Memberships


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Certified in Sports Medicine


Arthroscopy Association of North America


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons


International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine


American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine