James Kercher, MD

James Kercher, MD

Dr. Kercher is a fellowship-trained sports-medicine surgeon specializing in minimally invasive techniques in sports medicine. His clinical focus is on cartilage restoration, patellofemoral surgery, and the arthroscopic treatment of complex knee and shoulder injuries.

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 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 orthopaedic 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 orthopaedic research and published his innovative work on 3-D MRI imaging for adolescent ACL reconstruction.

Following residency he completed his orthopaedic fellowship training at the world-renowned Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, where he worked under Doctors 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 and 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, a committee member for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and American Society of Sports Medicine, and he participates as a scientific reviewer for multiple orthopaedic publications, including The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

Dr. Kercher’s athletic career and interests have helped define his profession. He is the team physician for Georgia State Football. When he is not treating patients, he enjoys fishing, traveling, and spending time with his wife and three young children.

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