• MEDICAL - University of California, San Diego
  • INTERNSHIP - US Naval Hospital, San Diego
  • RESIDENCY - US Naval Hospital, San Diego
  • FELLOWSHIP - Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic under the direction of Robert Watkins, M.D.
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • American Board of Spine Surgery
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Amerian College of Spine Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Maricopa County Medical Society
  • North American Spine Society

About James H. Maxwell, M.D., F.A.C.S.

As a fellowship trained Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon, Dr. Maxwell specializes in disorders of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine in both adolescent and adults.

His focus is in both non-operative & operative treatments of these problems including degenerative, deformity and traumatic disorders. Dr. Maxwell also trained in Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery for both decompression and fusions, and utilizes traditional and state of the art surgical techniques such as artificial disc replacement and the outpatient setting.

Jim Maxwell studied Electrical Engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD, then served as a Navy Seal officer before seeking his medical degree at the University of California at San Diego. Fascinated with the “human engineering” of medicine, and interpreting the spine as the body’s “electro-mechanical” interface, he became a fully trained and experienced orthopedic surgeon, before working with Robert Watkins, M.D. in Los Angeles, in spine surgery and disorders of the Spine.

This clinical and research fellowship was unique in that Dr. Maxwell not only learned advanced operating techniques from Europe and Asia, but acquired a necessary appreciation for the value of non-operative treatment programs -- tailored to the patients’ needs. And, while at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles he studied the treatment of difficult spinal problems of some of the top professional athletes in the world.  His research regarding return-to-play decision in football neck injuries is still referenced to date. As such, Dr. Maxwell is a firm believer in one-on-one care: by him as the surgeon and by the  other professionals he directs.

Dr. Maxwell believes his patients deserve the most current treatments and advice available.  He has participated in numerous FDA clinical trials and lectured frequently on his research.  He is the editor-in-chief of a recent spinal surgery textbook – Non Fusion Techniques of the Spine:  Motion Preservation and Balance with over 45 renowned international academic contributors. Recently, he was featured in AZ Magazine as a Phoenix Super Doctor for 2012.

Dr. Maxwell serves on the Board of Directors of OASIS Hospital, the new orthopedic and spine surgical hospital located at 40th Street and the 202.