James R. Van Horne, MD, is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in outpatient hip and knee replacements. He is proud to serve patients at Southern Oregon Orthopedics & Paragon Orthopedic Center in Grants Pass, Oregon.
Dr. Van Horne was raised on the central California coast. He started out in the theatre arts and ended up in the hard sciences, researching weed science, DNA repair, AIDS, and herpes viruses of livestock. While working in an AIDS clinic, he discovered he wanted to go to medical school.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts in biophysics from the University of California (UC), Berkeley, and his master’s degree in veterinary virology at UC Davis. Dr. Van Horne then received his medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Albany Medical Center. After completing his hip and knee replacement fellowship at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Van Horne and his family returned to the West, moving to Southern Oregon in the mid-1990s.
Dr. Van Horne performs 400-500 joint replacements each year and has performed these surgeries for over 20 years. Dr. Van Horne helps patients to prepare themselves for successful surgery by directing them to optimize their health, physical status, and social status. His goal is to allow patients to return safely to their homes the day of their surgery, and he focuses on reducing surgical risks with rapid recovery.
Dr. Van Horne is ranked one of the "Top 10 Physicians" in Oregon, and his joint replacement program has made his hospital the No. 1 hospital in Oregon and one of the top 100 hospitals in the country for knee and hip replacements. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Hip and Knee Surgeons, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and International Congress Joint Reconstruction, as well as a member of the American Medical Association.
He and his wife live in Grants Pass with their wonderful children. Outside of work, Dr. Van Horne enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, fishing, making wine, reading history, and exploring the wilderness.