Dr. James E. Tibone MD, Orthopedist
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Dr. James E. Tibone MD

Sports Medicine Specialist | Sports Medicine

, 90045



James E. Tibone, M.D. is a board certified orthopedic surgeon, specializing in sports medicine, shoulder, elbow, and knees. He earned his medical doctorate at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, ...

Education and Training

Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 1973

Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University 1973

Board Certification

Orthopaedic SurgeryAmerican Board of Orthopaedic SurgeryABOS- Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

Provider Details

Dr. James E. Tibone MD
Dr. James E. Tibone MD's Expert Contributions
  • Rotator Cuff Tears

    The shoulder is a complex joint. It consists of a round ball on the top of the humerus or arm bone.This connects to the glenoid or shoulder socket which is part of the shoulder blade. The rotator cuff tendons connect to the top of the humerus. They originate from muscles attached to the shoulder...

  • How long does a torn ACL take to heal?

    The Acl does not heal. It usually needs surgery READ MORE

  • Humerus pain

    Your pain is coming from your rotator cuff probably from a loose shoulder from overhead activity like serving. You need exercises to strengthen your rotator cuff and scapula (shoulder blade). These usually will help in most cases. Jim Tibone READ MORE


  • Dr. Tibone was voted a Super Doctor by Los Angeles Magazine in . 2014  
  • Southern California Super Doctors 2010-2012  
  • Southern California Super Doctors 2008 2009  


  • Torn Meniscus
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Syndrome
  • Pain
  • Rotator Cuff Tear

Professional Society Memberships

  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

What do you attribute your success to?

  • His hard work and perseverance.

Hobbies / Sports

  • Running, Biking, Volleyball, Golfing

Favorite professional publications

  • The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, The American Journal of Sports Medicine

Dr. James E. Tibone MD's Practice location

University of California, Los Angeles

, 90045
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Patient Experience with Dr. Tibone


Based on 21 reviews

Dr. James E. Tibone MD has a rating of 5 out of 5 stars based on the reviews from 21 patients. FindaTopDoc has aggregated the experiences from real patients to help give you more insights and information on how to choose the best Sports Medicine Specialist in your area. These reviews do not reflect a providers level of clinical care, but are a compilation of quality indicators such as bedside manner, wait time, staff friendliness, ease of appointment, and knowledge of conditions and treatments.
  • Mike

    Dr Tibone did a outstanding job on my shoulder, very little pain and fast recovery. The whole staff from top to bottom has been great !!

  • Vonn

    Dr James Tibone is a Saint!!! Through his gifted surgical skills, and gentile caring bedside manner, I have regained the complete and total use of my right arm and shoulder. I was SO blessed to have discovered this AMAZING surgeon, concerned with my complete and total healing as well as reclaiming my art career as a bronze sculptor. Doctor Tibone's challenge with my case was not as the original attending surgeon to my workman compensation injury, but as the gifted surgeon who had to go in and clean up a horribly botched first surgery. I was heartbroken, after being cast out of a third party physician's office...with the horrific warning. "You will loose the use of your entire right arm, if you don't get the " Best of the Best" to do your corrective surgery. By the grace of God, and the chance meeting and recommendation to see Doctor Tibone, by a colleague of Doctor Milan Stevanovic, my shoulder, my art career and spirit was beautifully healed by Doctor Tibone. Thank you, Doctor Tibone and your wonderful staff, you have given me my pre- injury life back.

  • Steven

    Dr. Tibone has been heaven sent. 25 yrs. of pain. Dr. Tibone did a rat. Shoulder replacement and I can now say I am pain free. I now donate yearly to Keck hospital in his name. Words cannot express my gratitude to Dr. Tibone and his support team.

  • Patrick

    Dr. Tibone has now replaced both my shoulders. I could not be more pleased with the results. I am pain free and able to resume an active life style. I marvel at his surgical ability. Thank you Dr Tibone.

  • Barry

    Dr. Tibone has been great to me. I've seen him for 8 yrs. He operated on my right knee in 2009 and continues to see me for my knee.

  • Barbara

    Dr. Tibone is number one surgeon, and gave good medical treatment to my injuries. I appreciate so much for having him as my major doctor for my workers' compensation. His assistant Sussan and nurse Tony are very nice and professional also. Please keep good doctor and good employees here. Thank you.

  • Mark

    The BEST! Cared for many of my Olympic swimmers with great results. Has cared for me for many years. Very responsive, caring and and always has great results. I am glad I stayed with him since my retirement. I drive from South Orange County to see the BEST!

  • T

    Amazing doc would recommend to everyone Love the confidence in him. Keck is amazing everything runs smoothly. Never a hassle always a smooth run through

  • Maria

    I had been suffering with shoulder pain for server all years. Dr. Tibone was highly recommended to me by a friend. In November 2016, Dr.Tibone replaced my shoulder and it is better than I ever expected. It feels like new. I only regret not doing it any sooner. Thank you Dr. Tibone.

  • Yue

    I'm glad I came to Dr.Tibone for my ACL surgery he is very professional and super nice in person. The surgery went really well and I was able to walk around less than two weeks. Right now I'm at my third month after the surgery and Ive been doing biking,swimming and jogging with my knee feels stable and solid. I'm very happy with my recovery speed.

  • Vonn

    Dr James Tibone's Professional care and Gifted surgical skills have gifted me with the return of the use of my right arm and shoulder. After a cataclysmic workman comp injury wile working as a high school art teacher, in my desperate quest to find a surgeon with the knowledge and compassion to tackle a redo on a totally botched detached bicep and multiple tear right rotator cuff surgery, Dr Tibone said..."Yes, I can do...." and the results are AMAZING!!! The arm moves smoothly and the rehab is progressing beautifully with only the strength development remaining in the healing process. Not only did Dr Tibone excel in the rehabilitation of my shoulder, but it was through his guidance and referral, that I was also able to experience an equally stellar right knee arthroplasty performed by his colleague, Dr. Paul Gilbert, also a part of same injury. My quality of life and healing is totally a result of this wonderful Doctor...a blessing, which gifted me with, a right-handed artist, the return of my ability to create....I will forever be indebted to Dr Tibone, his cordial and professional staff and colleagues as well as the entire USC Medical center.

  • Gerardo g

    Dr. James Tibone has taken good care of both shoulders, and has always made me feel very comfortable going into surgery,and when I came out of surgery what can I say?..when your with best sergeon in town!!. thank you and your staff

  • Harriett

    Dr Tibone is the most brilliant and technically skilled orthopedist. I do believe that if he had not been the Dr to operate on my shoulder disaster I would have lost the function of my arm. E is kind and caring. And after being married to a physician and managing his and other medical practices I can tell you that the staff is CRITICAL. His nurse manager is a SAINT always there to answer any questions. She also calls back

  • Pat

    Dr. Tibone did an outstanding job with a complicated shoulder surgery and has provided excellent follow on care. I highly recommend him.

  • Thomas

    DR. tibone's staff and office workers are the best. I have had many procedures done at USC with other Doctors and staff but they do not match up with Dr. Tibone,s it is great to have them remember me and always greet my with a smile and positively. I brag about them always and always highly recommend their office. It is also always nice to see faimilar faces each time I come in. Thanks for the great service tom

  • Patrick

    Great surgeon, I cannot say enough about how much I appreciate Dr. Tibone and the excellent staff at Keck.

  • Marc

    Dr Tibone is a great doctor. Please see my video.

  • Bernard

    Dr.Tibone is the best I would highly recommend him to anyone,and is staff is wonderful Suzanne Vaage and Antonio have been the best üòäüëçHave a great 2017

  • Tanner

    Absolutely amazing care! Sadly I've had a few surgeries in my life and my experience at USC has been more then great from the staff to the doc I never wait for my appointment and that's a huge deal I'm in and out for the appointment and that makes life a lot easier. Tibone is a amazing doctor and I love his confidence that makes me feel very good and confident that what ever he dos will work and he will give it his all! He's the best I'd recommend any of my family and friends to keck and tibone for his specialties

  • (5)

    Dr. Tibone is not only a wonderful surgeon who did a great job on my ACL reconstruction, but he also is great with patient care. Following surgery he followed up with me, and in my post-op appointments he has been very encouraging and clear with what I need to do to get better.

  • Tina

    Love Dr T. Organized office. I trust him and his team

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