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- Orthopaedic Surgery
- Northwestern University Medical School, Medicine
- Northerwestern University, Orthopaedic Surgery
- Cook County Hospital, orthopaedics
When a patient needs a shoulder to lean on, Dr. James Esch offers a broad, empathetic one. Known for his gentle manner and common sense advice, this seasoned orthopaedic surgeon specializes in shoulder disorders. Combining humor with keen insight and analysis, Dr. Esch relates to patients of all ages and situations.
Dr. Esch graduated from Northwestern University Medical School and completed his orthopaedic residency at Northwestern University. This was followed by two years as a Naval Orthopaedic Surgeon in San Diego along with the first Marine Division in Vietnam.
Dr. Esch is Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and a member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons. He belongs to numerous professional organizations. In 2000-2001, he served as President of the Arthroscopy Association of North America. He has also served as Assistant Clinical Professor of the Department of Orthopaedics at the UCSD School of Medicine.
In addition, he was named one of the best doctors in America by Woodward/White, Inc. For over 24 years, he has chaired the renowned Shoulder Institute in San Diego. He has also lectured extensively on shoulder surgery in the United States, Australia, Asia, Mexico, South America and Europe.
Dr. Esch and his wife of over 46 years, Diantha have four children and eight grandchildren.
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Teaching or Professional Positions
Chairman (26 years): San Diego Shoulder Arthroscopy Course
American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons
Arthroscopy Association of North America
International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Education Committee
American Academy of Orthpaedic Surgeons
Association for Surgery of the Hand
American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine