James W. Pritchett, MD


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James W. Pritchett, MD, is a board-certified, award-winning orthopedic physician and surgeon specializing in hip, knee, and shoulder resurfacing, joint replacement, and arthroscopic surgery. He has a special interest in implantology, the study and development of joint prostheses.

Dr. Pritchett’s surgical practice has taught him that technical skill is the mastery of the complex. It takes years and a lot of listening and experience to understand the nuances of joint resurfacing and replacement surgery. He looks carefully at his outcomes and publishes his results in peer-reviewed journals. He understands that survivorship of a patient and implant is not synonym for synonymous with true wellness. Resumption of a completely autonomous lifestyle and a return to all activities is the goal.

He is the chief of orthopedic surgery at Swedish Orthopedic Institute, the tenth largest orthopedic hospital in the country. Several of Dr. Pritchett’s design concepts have been incorporated into currently available joint implants, and he has been invited to speak about implantology at more than 85 scientific meetings. He is a highly regarded authority in orthopedics, having published more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts. He was also named one of Puget Sound’s best doctors and earned an award for outstanding patient care from Swedish Hospital.


Program: MD
Institution: University of Washington School of Medicine

Program: Board certified
Institution: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Program: Residency
Institution: Carl Hayden VA Medical Center


Fellow-American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Fellow-American College of Surgeons

Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons

Board of Trustees for Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research

King County Medical Society

National Board of Medical Examiners

North Pacific Orthopaedic Society

Washington State Medical Association

Western Orthopaedic Association

Chief of orthopedic surgery for Swedish Orthopedic Institute

Clinical Associate Professor, University of Washington Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

University of Washington Medical Alumni Association

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