About

James Dreese, MD, is an orthopaedic surgeon, fellowship-trained in sports medicine. He is double-board certified in Orthopedic Surgery and Orthopedic Sports Medicine. He serves as associate director of Union Memorial Sports Medicine and as research director for the MedStar Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship. He was recently elected to serve as one of two delegates from the state of Maryland on the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Council of Delegates. He has served as editor-in-chief and has been appointed to numerous committees for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Dreese specializes in the management of hamstring injuries.

Dr. Dreese is an associate team physician for the Baltimore Ravens and the head team orthopaedist for Loyola University and UMBC. He is actively involved in sports medicine research, and has published numerous articles and book chapters. He was named one of U.S. News and World Report’s Top Doctors for Sports Medicine in 2012 and 2013.

Dr. Dreese has clinical interest in conservative and surgical management of knee, shoulder, hamstring, and elbow injuries. His practice focuses on managing these injuries in athletes and the general population. His clinical focus is on non-joint replacement solutions for pain and injuries, with referral to clinicians specializing in joint replacement when appropriate. He has extensive experience in managing complex ligamentous, meniscus, and cartilage injuries of the knee during the eight years he spent caring for Maryland Shock Trauma patients.

Dr. Dreese’s particular areas of interest in the shoulder include rotator cuff tears, shoulder instability, SLAP tears, AC joint injuries, and biceps tendon injuries. In the knee, he focuses on ligament reconstruction (ACL, PCL, LCL/posterolateral corner), meniscus repair (meniscus root tears, bucket-handle tears, radial tears, etc.), cartilage restoration (fragmented juvenile cartilage transplantation and fresh osteochondral allograft transplantation) for localized arthritis, patella instability surgery, patellofemoral pain syndrome, high tibial osteotomy, and nerve injuries around the knee. In particular, he focuses on operations to preserve the meniscus via repair in an effort to limit the risk of developing arthritis and the need for meniscus transplantation or joint replacement surgery. He has extensive experience in treating proximal hamstring injuries, specializing in conservative and surgical treatment for patients throughout the region.

Credentials

Board Certification
  • Orthopaedic Surgery (Primary)
  • Sports Medicine
Education
  • Fellowship Program University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (2003)
  • Residency Program Hospital for Special Surgery (2002)
  • Medical School Pennsylvania State University College Of Medicine (1997)
  • Internship Program University of North Carolina Hospital (1998)
  • Medical School Pennsylvania State University College Of Medicine (1997)

Conditions Treated

Locations

Timonium

  • Phone: 410-560-3480

Ellicott City

  • Phone: (410) 772-2000
  • Fax: (410) 772-2039

Videos

Proximal Hamstring Repair - Dr. James Dreese - MedStar Union Memorial

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MedStar Sports Medicine Helps Gets Jockey Darius Thorpe Back in the Victory Circle Again

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Insurance

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • AETNA 13
    • AETNA — Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • AETNA — Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS) Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • AETNA — Aetna HMO Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus
    • AETNA — Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA Innovation Health: POS Open HMO Opoen HMO Option Open EPO Plus
    • AETNA — Aetna Managed Choice (POS) Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • AETNA — Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS) Choice POS & Choice POS II Innovation Health: Open POS Plus Open POS II
    • AETNA — Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • AETNA — Aetna Open Choice (PPO) Innovation Health: PPO
    • AETNA — Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • AETNA — Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • AETNA — Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO) Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • AETNA — Aetna USAccess (POS)
    • AETNA — Aetna Worker’s Compensation Network
  • CAREFIRST 8
    • CAREFIRST — CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • CAREFIRST — CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access BlueChoice Open Access Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO POS)
    • CAREFIRST — CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CAREFIRST — CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • CAREFIRST — CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std. & Basic PPO)
    • CAREFIRST — CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CAREFIRST — CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CAREFIRST — CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO HealthyBlue PPO
  • CIGNA 6
    • CIGNA HEALTH CARE — CIGNA EPO PPO and PPO Plus Choice Fund PPO
    • CIGNA HEALTH CARE — CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • CIGNA HEALTH CARE — CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA) Network OA POS OA & OA Plus
    • CIGNA HEALTH CARE — CIGNA Indemnity
    • CIGNA HEALTH CARE — CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • CIGNA HEALTH CARE — Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
  • COVENTRY HEALTH NETWORK 4
    • COVENTRY HEALTH NETWORK — Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • COVENTRY HEALTH NETWORK — Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • COVENTRY HEALTH NETWORK — Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • COVENTRY HEALTH NETWORK — First Health PPO
  • FIRST HEALTH 1
    • FIRST HEALTH (NOW COVENTRY) — FIRST HEALTH
  • MEDSTAR FAMILY CHOICE 2
    • MEDSTAR FAMILY CHOICE — MedStar Family Choice – Maryland Health Choice
    • MEDSTAR FAMILY CHOICE — MedStar Family Choice-DC Healthy Families
  • MEDSTAR MEDICARE CHOICE 1
    • MEDSTAR MEDICARE CHOICE — MedStar Medicare Choice
  • MEDSTAR SELECT 1
    • MEDSTAR SELECT — MedStar Select
  • PRIVATE HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS INC. 1
    • PRIVATE HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS INC. (PHCS) — Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
  • TRICARE 4
    • TRICARE — Tricare Extra (Indemnity)
    • TRICARE — Tricare Prime
    • TRICARE — Tricare Standard
    • TRICARE — Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
  • UNITED HEALTHCARE 12
    • UNITED HEALTHCARE — M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • UNITED HEALTHCARE — M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • UNITED HEALTHCARE — Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • UNITED HEALTHCARE — OneNet PPO Inc.
    • UNITED HEALTHCARE — Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • UNITED HEALTHCARE — Optimum Choice United Healthcare Navigate United Healthcare Compass (HMO)
    • UNITED HEALTHCARE — United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • UNITED HEALTHCARE — United Healthcare Choice United Healthcare Core Essential (HMO)
    • UNITED HEALTHCARE — United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO GEHA Compass Rose)
    • UNITED HEALTHCARE — United Healthcare Select HMO – EPO/NPP
    • UNITED HEALTHCARE — United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • UNITED HEALTHCARE — United Student Resources