Virginia Orthopaedic

James Farmer, MD

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Current Appointment

Orthopedic Surgeon at Virginia Orthopaedic

Medical School

Baylor College of Medicine

Specialties

Minimally invasive and arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee and ankle Knee Replacement Ligament Reconstructions Cartilage Restoration

Dr. Farmer is a transplanted Texan who has lived and practiced in Salem since 2008. He grew up in Katy Texas, where he played baseball and swam competitively in high school. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch with a Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy. After practicing P.T. in the U.S. Air Force he returned to medical school and graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. He completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Wake Forest University. Upon completion of residency he practiced for six years in the U.S. Navy at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune where he specialized in sports medicine. Dr. Farmer achieved the rank of Commander before resigning his commission to enter civilian practice in Salem, VA in 2008.

 

Dr. Farmer is double board certified in sports medicine and general orthopaedic surgery. He specializes in minimally invasive and arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee and ankle as well as knee replacements. He performs ligament reconstructions and cartilage restoration procedures and performed the first meniscal transplant in the Roanoke Valley in 2008. Due to his expertise in treating athletes he was asked to join the medical staff for the Virginia Tech Athletic Department in 2009. He serves as the team physician for the Salem Red Sox, Salem High School and Roanoke College.

 

As a former physical therapist, Dr. Farmer brings a unique approach to musculoskeletal injuries and treatment. He makes the effort to get to know the person and the impact that the disease has on the person’s life, then carefully develops a treatment plan for the individual. Dr. Farmer utilizes a combination of prevention strategies, physical rehabilitation, medications and surgery to restore function and improve quality of life.

 

Dr. Farmer is married and has 3 sons and a daughter. He enjoys spending time with his family, outdoor activities, travel and sports. He swims competitively in Master’s Swimming events and is a lifelong Dallas Cowboy fan.

 

“I treat patients and staff with the respect and compassion that we all deserve. I utilize a combination of prevention strategies, physical rehabilitation, medications and surgery to restore function and improve quality of life.”

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