Dr. James Nace is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip, knee and shoulder joint preservation and reconstruction. He can help with all your joint, bone, cartilage, tendon and ligament problems. He is devoted to providing every patient with optimal and comprehensive care through advancements in the art of joint reconstruction.
Dr. Nace is proficient in the most modern nonoperative and operative treatments such as minimally invasive surgery, arthroscopy, primary and revision hip, knee, shoulder replacement surgery, and general orthopedic care including fractures and sprains. He prioritizes listening to his patients and educating them so that they are informed when making medical decisions. He effectively communicates with referring physicians so they are also involved in the patients’ care.
Prior to becoming an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Nace was a physical therapist and a director of rehabilitation. This is where he built a foundation focused on holistic and preventative medicine, and his goal is to promote long-term musculoskeletal health.
Dr. Nace is exceedingly attentive to detail and prides himself on treating every patient like a member of his own family. He is enthusiastic about spending time educating patients and their families so they can be actively involved and informed in making medical and surgical decisions. His goal is for his patients to understand how to preserve their own joints, cartilage and tissues so they can avoid potential deterioration in the future. He has been described by his colleagues as possessing dedication, energy, kindness and empathy, as well as intuitive and innovative problem-solving and surgical skills.
Dr. Nace has a true appreciation of the musculoskeletal system. Prior to becoming an orthopedic surgeon, he was a physical therapist who focused on diet, physical fitness, therapeutic exercise and preventative medicine. These ideals are still essential components of his practice. He has a holistic philosophy, viewing the body as an integrated whole. His priority is utilizing all conservative and nonoperative measures prior to considering surgical intervention. Once surgery is deemed appropriate, Dr. Nace implements the least invasive and most tissue-preserving operations, which may include shoulder, hip or knee arthroscopy. He utilizes the latest evidenced-based medicine to repair, reconstruct or replace only the damaged areas of cartilage, tendons or ligaments.
A partial listing of Dr. Nace's credentials includes:
Dr. Nace completed his specialty fellowship training in joint preservation and reconstruction at the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics. He assisted in more than 600 joint reconstruction surgical procedures in this one year of fellowship training, many of which were complex revision procedures.
- He completed his orthopedic surgery training in Philadelphia where he was elected by his mentors and colleagues as Chief Resident. He also received the Exceptional Clinical/Patient Care Award.
- In Philadelphia, he had the opportunity to train with top experts in the fields of sports medicine, joint reconstruction and shoulder surgery.
- He graduated in the top tenth percentile of his medical school class at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and received honors in his clerkships.
- Prior to entering medical school, he was a director of rehabilitation and a physical therapist in an inpatient rehabilitation setting and in an outpatient sports medicine clinic.
- He graduated summa cum laude with an academic scholarship at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Dr. Nace earned his masters degree in physical therapy and was the class Vice President.
- During his five years at Duquesne University, he also earned his bachelors of science in the health sciences and a minor in biology.
Areas of Interest
Dr. Nace is the Academic Director of the Center for Joint Preservation and Replacement at Sinai Hospital. He has always valued the importance of advancing his repertoire of skills and increasing his knowledge of orthopedic surgery. He is involved in many continuing medical education and research activities. Dr. Nace enjoys complex and challenging cases. He also appreciates teaching and giving lectures to residents, fellows and the community.
Dr. Nace is an reviewer for multiple peer-reviewed journals and is also a member of the Maryland Orthopaedic Association, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Osteopathic Association and American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics. He is a candidate member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.
Areas of Expertise
Dr. Nace specializes in the following:
- Less invasive surgery
- Joint preservation
- Rapid recovery protocols
- Sports injuries
- Ligament reconstruction (e.g., anterior cruciate ligament [ACL])
- Meniscal repair
- Rotator cuff repair
- Hip arthroscopy and hip labral repair
- Other tendon and cartilage injuries
- Hip replacement
- Knee replacement
- Shoulder replacement
- Hip, knee and shoulder joint ailments
- Complex and challenging joint reconstruction
- Revision hip and knee surgery
- Computer-assisted surgery
- General orthopedics (e.g., fractures, sprains, strains)
- Minimally invasive and muscle-sparing procedures
- Direct anterior approach to total hip replacement
- Hip arthroscopy
- Partial (unicompartmental or bicompartmental knee replacement)
Dr. Nace lives in Baltimore and is happily
married to an infectious diseases physician.
He has two daughters who always put a smile on his face. When
he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing
sports, reading, traveling and boating. He has completed the U.S. Coast
Guard Auxiliary Boating Skills and Seamanship Certification. He also
enjoys weight training, baseball, football, table tennis and volleyball.
In this Baltimore Gameday Uncensored Ravens Injury Report radio clip, Dr. Nace discusses orthopedic surgery and injuries.
In this WBAL-AM “Know Your Health” radio clip, Dr. Nace discusses hip and knee osteoarthritis.
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