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    James A. Bell, MD


    • Sports Medicine
    • Orthopedic Surgery
    Palm Springs
    Rancho Mirage

    Location Details

    Eisenhower Desert Orthopedic Center
    151 S. Sunrise Way
    Suite 100
    Palm Springs, CA 92262
    Eisenhower Desert Orthopedic Center
    Harry & Diane Rinker Bldg.
    39000 Bob Hope Dr.
    Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

    James A. Bell, MD


    • Sports Medicine
    • Orthopedic Surgery
    James A. Bell, MD, PhD 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.

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

    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 Orthopaedic 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.

    Professional Details

    • English
    • 32 years
    • 27 years

    Professional Education

    • KECK - University of Southern California
    • Los Angeles County Univ. of So. Cal Medical Center
    • University of Michigan Hospitals

    Board Certification

    • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
    • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery/Sports Med.
    Publication Date: May 18, 2024