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Carey James

Director, Penn Center for Advanced Cartilage Repair and Osteochondritis Dissecans Treatment Carey James

Carey James

University of Pennsylvania
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Philadelphia, United States of America


James L. Carey, MD, MPH, joined the Penn Orthopaedics Sports Medicine Team as an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2011. He has served as the Director of the new Penn Center for Cartilage Repair and Osteochondritis Dissecans Treatment since his arrival.

Dr. Carey is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He subsequently completed a Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery fellowship at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He received his Master of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Carey worked as a faculty member at Vanderbilt University for five years. During that time, he served as a team physician for Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, the Nashville Sounds (Minor League Baseball Class AAA), and the Nashville Predators (National Hockey League). Now, he is a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also serves as team physician.

Dr. Careys clinical expertise includes the evaluation and treatment of all sports medicine injuries. He especially focuses on arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgery. His primary research interests include anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction and cartilage repair.

Dr. Carey utilizes many treatments for focal articular cartilage injuries as well as osteochondritis dissecans including the following: autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI), osteochondral autograft transfer (OAT), osteochondral allograft transplantation, microfracture, osteotomy, and fragment fixation. In addition, he often performs meniscal transplants.