James A. Bell, M.D., Ph.D.

General Orthopedics
James A. Bell, M.D., Ph.D.
James A. Bell, M.D., Ph.D.

“What I like most about this profession is helping people recover from traumatic situations or get back to their favorite sport.”

James A. Bell, M.D., Ph.D. is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in orthopedic trauma, sports medicine and joint replacement. He is also certified in Sports Medicine. He joined Desert Orthopedic Center in 1996.

A native of New York, Dr. Bell knew at a young age that he wanted to be a doctor. With anatomy as his favorite school subject, it was only natural for him to pursue medicine.

Commenting on his specialty, Dr. Bell says, ”Orthopedic trauma is like a puzzle. You have to determine your plan of action and treat the injuries with the most serious consequences first.”

Dr. Bell received his Bachelor of Arts in biology from the University of Rochester, NY, and his Master’s and Ph.D. in physiology from Pennsylvania State University. He earned his Medical Degree and served his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Southern California.

Following graduation at USC, Dr. Bell spent four years in the U.S. Army as an orthopedic surgeon serving at U.S. hospitals and traveling around the world. Prior to joining DOC, he was Chief of the Department of Orthopedics and Lieutenant Colonel for the 67th Combat Support Hospital in Wuerzberg, Germany.

He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and a member of the American Medical Association, California Medical Association and the Riverside County Medical Association.

Dr. Bell serves as the team physician for Palm Springs High School football games and is also a team physician with the United States Figure Skating Association.

Advancements In Joint Replacement
Management of Sports Related Injuries

Educational Videos

Treatment options for Knee
Meniscal Tears Knee Arthroscopy
Uni Condylar Knee Replacement Minimally Invasive Knee Joint Replacement
Total Knee Replacement ACL Reconstruction Patellar Tendon
ACL Reconstruction Hamstring Method  
Treatment options for Hip
Hip Bursitis Minimally Invasive Total Hip Replacement
Total Hip Replacement Revision Hip Replacement
Subtrochanteric Hip Fracture Femoral Neck fractures

Arthroscopic Sub-acromial Decompression Surgery Shoulder Instability
Rotator Cuff Bursitis Shoulder Arthroscopy
Shoulder Labrum Reconstruction Rotator Cuff Tear
SLAP Repair Arthroscopic Bankart Repair
Biceps Tendon Rupture Superior Capsule Reconstruction
Shoulder Joint Replacement Clavicle Fracture
Mid Humeral Fracture Open reduction and internal fixation of proximal humerus fracture
Shoulder Anatomy Scapula Fracture
Elbow Anatomy Golfer Elbow
Elbow Sprain Tennis Elbow
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Elbow Fracture
Hand & Wrist
Hand Anatomy Finger Fractures
De Quervain's tenosynovitis Mallet Finger
Metacarpal Fractures Wrist Fracture
Open Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery Ganglion Cyst Removal
Mini-Open Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery Trigger Finger
Foot & Ankle
Achilles Tendon Tear Repair Ankle Instability Surgery
Ankle Fracture Ankle Sprain
Ankle Arthroscopy Plantar Fasciitis
Foot Fracture Foot and ankle anatomy
Platelet Rich Plasma Injection (PRP)