About Dr. Worthen
James V. Worthen, MD
Board Certified Fellowship-Trained Orthopedic Surgeon
Dr. James Worthen specializes in the care of sports injuries and an emphasis on knee and shoulder injuries and arthritis. He did his fellowship with Dr. James Lubowitz practicing minimally invasive knee and shoulder techniques and conducting research on cartilage restoration. Dr. Worthen’s training centered around restoring function to the active individual through both nonoperative treatments and operative. His focus has been on improving knee and shoulder surgical outcomes through innovative approaches to restore function faster. He has presented papers at multiple orthopedic meetings in our state and abroad on such topics as rotator cuff surgery, total shoulder replacements, and cartilage preservation and restoration.
Dr. Worthen is on the board of the Alabama Orthopedic Society and is currently President. He is also very active in his church and community. He is married and has four children. He coaches youth Lacrosse and his hobbies include, skiing, fishing, reading and traveling.
8/09-8/10 Taos Orthopedic Institute Sports Medicine Fellowship,Taos, New Mexico
6/04-6/09 University of Alabama School of Medicine Residency in Orthopedic Surgery
7/00-5/04 University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, Alabama M.D., 4/04
8/94-5/98 Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney, Virginia, Biology, Bachelor of Science, 5/98
Medical School/Residency Honors/Awards
7/09 The Kurt Nieman Award- Most outstanding orthopedic resident
7/09 Most Outstanding Senior research award, UAB Orthopedics
7/08-7/09 Administrative Chief Resident, UAB Orthopedics
5/04 The Sarah F. Davis Award (best male medical student)
6/03-7/04 Medical School Student Body President
8/00-7/04 Medical School Class President
8/03-7/04 Tinsley Harrison Society-Member and Vice President.
Memberships in Honorary/Professional Societies
4/17- AOS President
6/06- AOS, Alabama Orthopaedic Society, board member
7/07-6/09 UAB House Staff council
7/04 Tinsley Harrison Society
08/09-08/10 Taos Orthopedic Institute, Researcher, The Challenges of Cartilage Research, A Systematic Review
10/07-6/09 University of Alabama, Division of Orthopedics, Researcher, Herrick Siegel, M.D. , Associate Professor of Orthopedics, Neglect and Diagnostic Delay of Malignant Soft Tissue Tumors, Awarded most outstanding senior research for 2009-UAB
01/05-11/06 University of Alabama, Division of Orthopedics, Researcher, Herrick Siegel, M.D. , Associate Professor of Orthopedics, Finite Element Modeling of Periacetabular Lesions and Acrylic Cement Filling.
11/04-6/05 University of Alabama, Division of Orthopedics, Researcher,Donald Lee, M.D., Professor of Orthopedics, Retrospective study investigating the predictive value of preoperative templating for shoulder arthroplasties.
6/03-7/03 University of Alabama, Division of Orthopedics, Research Assistant,, David Volgas, M.D., Associate Professor of Orthopedics, Retrospective study investigating the difference in the clinical and biochemical outcome between early and late stabilization of long bone fractures in patients requiring intensive care admission.
1/00-8/00 Johns Hopkins University and PRISMA, Lima, Peru, Researcher, investigated the role of PCR-RFLP in the diagnosis of Strongyloides stercoralis and Ancylostoma duodenale infection, as well as the geographic clustering of these infections in a town along the Peruvian Amazon.,
8/17 Ransom, Adkison, Woods, Worthen, Subscapularis Sparing Total Shoulder Arthroplasty Through, Superolateral Approach(submitted JBJS)
5/11 Worthen J, Waterman C, Davidson P, Lubowitz J., Limitations and Sources of Bias in Clinical Knee Cartilage Research., Arthroscopy 2012;28:1315-25.
6/09 Senior Research Day, University of Alabama, Division of Orthopedics Presenter/Researcher, Herrick Siegel, M.D. , Associate Professor of OrthopedicsNeglect and Diagnostic Delay of Malignant Soft Tissue Tumors, Awarded most outstanding senior research for 2009
5/08 ALABAMA ORTHOPAEDIC SOCIETY, Podium presentation, Destin,FL., Case Report: Bucket-Handle Meniscus Tear in a 4 year old
5/08 ALABAMA ORTHOPAEDIC SOCIETY, Podium presentation, Destin,FL., An Institutional review of over 150 expandable nail procedures and outcomes. “Our Experience”
4/08 MID-AMERICA ORTHOPAEDIC ASSOCIATION, Podium presentation, Orlando, FL., A Institutional review of over 150 expandable nail procedures and outcomes. “Our Experience”
4/07 MID-AMERICA ORTHOPAEDIC ASSOCIATION, Podium presentation, Boca Raton, FL., Finite Element Modeling of Periacetabular Lesions and Acrylic Cement Filling., Herrick Siegel, MD, James Worthen, MD, Alan W. Eberhardt, PhD
3/06 Seroepidemiology of Strongyloidiasis in the Peruvian Amazon, P. Yori, M. Kosek, R. H. Gilman, J.Worthen, Am J Trop Med Hyg 2006; 74: 97-102
7/12 Board Certified; American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons
2018 President St. Vincent’s Orthopedics , LLC
2018 President, Alabama Orthopedic Society
2017 Vice Chair, St. Vincent’s Orthopedic department
2012 Inducted into the Hampden-Sydney College Hall of Fame
6/08-6/09 Elected Administrative Chief Resident of Orthopedics
6/04 Sarah Davis Award, “Best Male Medical Student”
6/98 Student Athlete of the year, Hampden-Sydney College
6/98 Member of “Who’s Who” among U.S. undergraduates
6/98 NCAA Academic All-American
6/98 National Defensive Player of the Year in Lacrosse
7/95-6/98 3-time All-American Lacrosse Team