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James S. Kercher, M.D.

James Kercher, M.D., joined Peachtree Orthopedics in August, 2010. He is board certified by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He founded the Atlanta Cartilage Restoration Center in 2014 as a specialty practice for Peachtree Orthopedics' sports medicine and cartilage patients.

Practice Type

  • Sports Medicine; Cartilage Restoration

Education

Fellowship

  • Rush University Medical Center, sports medicine, Chicago, IL

Residency

  • Emory University, orthopedics, 2009, Atlanta, GA

Medical School

  • Medical College of Georgia, M.D., 2004, Augusta, GA
  • Honors: Alpha Omega Alpha, National Medical Honor Society

Undergraduate

  • Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S., industrial systems engineering, 1998, Atlanta, GA

Education and Training

Dr. Kercher is a native of Atlanta and received his undergraduate degree in industrial systems engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1998. While he was at Georgia Tech, he was a member of the varsity football team from 1993-97. He completed medical school at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta in 2004, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society. In 2009, Dr. Kercher completed his orthopedic residency at Emory University in Atlanta and assisted with sports medicine coverage for Georgia Tech football, Georgia Tech baseball and Emory University. During residency, he received numerous awards for orthopedic research and published his innovative work on 3-D MRI imaging for adolescent ACL reconstruction.

Following residency, he completed his orthopedic fellowship training at the world-renowned Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, where he worked under Drs. Bach, Cole, Romeo, Nicholson, Verma and Bush-Joseph. As a sports medicine fellow at Rush, Dr. Kercher served as the assistant team physician for the Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Steel and DePaul University, gaining experience treating athletes at all levels of competition.

Dr. Kercher has authored multiple book chapters and research publications on topics related to rotator cuff pathology and repair, cartilage restoration and the female athlete. In addition, he is an associate master instructor of patellofemoral surgery, arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgery at the Orthopaedic Learning Center for the Arthroscopy Association of North America. Dr. Kercher has served as an editor for the International Cartilage Repair Society, committee member for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and American Society of Sports Medicine, and participates as a scientific reviewer for multiple orthopedic publications including the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

Dr. Kercher is team physician for the Gwinnett Braves and the Georgia State University football program. His athletic career and interests have helped define his profession. When he is not treating patients he enjoys fishing, traveling and spending time with his wife and three young children.


AANA Masters Experience Course Instructor

Dr. Kercher was an instructor at a recent AANA (Arthroscopy Association of North America) masters course about cartilage replacement - a high tech, cutting edge procedure. He received the highest evaluation score possible.

Dr. Kercher has also been invited to speak at the upcoming AANA patellofemoral knee course. The primary audience of AANA’s patellofemoral masters experience course is orthopedic surgeons who desire to improve their arthroscopic knowledge and skill in patellofemoral surgery.

This hands-on course is designed to emphasize anatomic, diagnostic and technical pearls that will help optimize patient outcomes. Dr. Kercher will demonstrate new, proven, and safe approaches to patellofemoral surgery.


Humanitarian Efforts

Dr. Kercher is the co-founder and vice president of Orthopaedic Link, Inc. Orthopaedic Link is a nonprofit organization devoted to global allocation and distribution of idle and first generation orthopedic inventory to developing countries using modern supply chain technology.


Active Health Q&A

Click here to read an Active Health Q&A with Dr. Kercher, where he shares advice on staying in shape while avoiding injury.


Professional Affiliations

  • International Cartilage Repair Society
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

Awards

  • Vitals Patients' Choice Award (2014, 2016)
  • Vitals Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2015)

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