About James Worthen

James V. Worthen, MD, graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He earned his medical degree and completed residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham. He is also fellowship-trained in Sports Medicine from the Taos Orthopedic Institute in Taos, NM. Dr. Worthen specializes in the care of sports injuries and an emphasis on knee and shoulder injuries and arthritis. During his fellowship, he trained with Dr. James Lubowitz, practicing minimally invasive knee and shoulder techniques and conducting research on cartilage restoration.

Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, he is a Fellow of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. He is on the board of the Alabama Orthopedic Society and has also served as President.

Dr. Worthen’s training centered around restoring function to active individuals through both nonoperative and operative treatments. His focus has been on improving knee and shoulder surgical outcomes through innovative approaches to restore function faster. He has a special interest in robotic technology in surgery and minimally invasive techniques. He has presented papers at multiple orthopedic meetings in our state and abroad on such topics as rotator cuff surgery, total shoulder replacements, and cartilage preservation and restoration.

Dr. Worthen is active in his church and community. He is married and has four children. He coaches youth Lacrosse and his hobbies include, skiing, fishing, reading, and traveling.