I treat athletes of all levels as well as non-athletes. Whether my patient is an elite collision-sport competitor, weekend warrior or casual recreationalist, I ensure everyone receives a unique treatment plan that best suits their activity level and life. Equally as important is that it is a plan which we can both agree on.
My approach to care can be easily summarized: Treat every patient like family. I believe all surgical specialty care, including sports medicine, exists on a spectrum from the least invasive to the most invasive, and it is important to find the right solution for your specific care. If possible, I prefer to take a conservative, nonsurgical approach to orthopedic problems and to utilize surgical options only when necessary.
After having a positive and powerful experience with an orthopedic surgeon firsthand, I was determined to become one myself. I find orthopedics to be a complex and rewarding field. I take pride in helping patients and athletes reach their goals on and off the field. Orthopedic sports medicine offers me the privilege of giving patients a better quality of life or renewed appreciation for mobility after improving vital function from their injury. There’s no better feeling than working alongside a great team to deliver the best possible outcome for our patients and hearing their stories of getting back to the activities they love.
Throughout my training and career, I served as assistant team physician for the Miami Dolphins (NFL), Miami Heat (NBA), Florida International University (NCAA), St. Thomas University (NAIA), the United States Naval Academy (NCAA) and more than 15 local Miami-Dade County High Schools among other academic and professional athletic institutions.
I also have a strong passion for orthopedic global health. I have provided clinical and surgical care for patients around the globe including in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Nepal, Kenya and Bangladesh. During residency training, I helped establish Global Orthopedics at Johns Hopkins (GO-JH), an institution-wide organization dedicated to the advancement of global orthopedic care and education.
Outside of the office, I enjoy my other full-time job as a husband and family man. I enjoy traveling with my wife, spending time with our families and keeping up with an active lifestyle by playing sports or exercising.
University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, 2016
Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2017, Orthopedic Surgery
Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2021, Orthopedic Surgery
Miami Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute, 2022, Sports Medicine
Awards, Achievements, and More
PublicationsPlease read Dr. James MacKenzie’s publications on PubMed.
Throughout my medical career, my passion for orthopedic global health has inspired many research projects and publications. I have been fortunate enough to work clinically across the globe in countries such as the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Nepal, Kenya and Bangladesh.
During residency training, I helped establish Global Orthopedics at Johns Hopkins (GO-JH), an institution-wide organization dedicated to the advancement of global orthopedic care and education. I have worked and performed orthopedic surgical research for many incredible organizations along the way and continue to do so.
- MacKenzie JS, Osbahr D, “Repair of the Ulnar Collateral Ligament: A Review of Current Trends and Outcomes,” Current Orthopaedic Practice (2022) Vol 33, 4.
- MacKenzie JS, Suresh K, Margalit A, Shafiq B, Zirkle L, Ficke J, “Rate of Tibiotalocalcaneal Fusion Using the SIGN Intramedullary Nail in Developing Countries,” Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances, 2022.
- Sabharwal S, MacKenzie JS, Sterling RS, Ficke J, LaPorte DM. “Left-Handedness Among
Orthopaedic Surgeons and Trainees,” JBJS Open Access; in press, 2020.
- Oduyale O, Bailey A, MacKenzie JS, Oni J, Ponor L. “Two Birds, One Stone – An Odd Case of Oligoarthritis,” The American Journal of Medicine, June 2020.
- Thamyongkit S, MacKenzie JS, Sirisreetreerux N, Shafiq B, Hasenboehler EA, “Outcomes after unstable pertrochanteric femur fracture: Intermediate versus long cephalomedullary nails,” Eur J Trauma Emerg Surg, 2020;46(5):963-968.
- MacKenzie JS, Bitzer AM, Familiari F, Papalia R, McFarland EG, “Driving after upper-and lower-extremity orthopedic surgery,” Joints, 2019; Epub ahead of print, Feb 1 (DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-1678562).
- MacKenzie JS, Banskota B, Sirisreetreerux N, Shafiq B, Hasenboehler EA, “A review of the epidemiology and treatment of orthopaedic injuries after earthquakes in developing countries,” World J Emerg Surg, 2017;12(9).
- American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)
- American Medical Association (AMA)
- Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA)
- American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)
- Miami Orthopedic Society
- Florida Orthopedic Society (FOS)
- Consortium of Orthopedic Academic Traumatologists (COACT)
- Yagnik G, Vargas LA, Uribe JW, Zvijac JE, MacKenzie JS, “Return to Play After Arthroscopic Management of Rotator Cuff Tears in Professional Contact Athletes,” Florida Orthopedic Society Annual Meeting, Abstract Presentation, June 2022.
- MacKenzie JS, Yagnik G, “MPFL Reconstruction Onlay Technique Using Knotless,” Tensionable Fixation, VuMedi Video, May 2022.
- MacKenzie JS, “Orthobiologics: What Can We Really Say?” UHZ Sports MedicineInstitute Conference, May 2022.
- MacKenzie JS, “Massive Rotator Cuff Tear, Current Trends in Management,” Miami Orthopaedic Society Presentation, Quarterly Meeting, April 27th, 2022.
- MacKenzie JS, “Management of Knee Dislocation, High vs. Low Energy,” UHZ Sports Medicine Institute Conference, February 2022.
- MacKenzie JS, “Current Concepts in Ulnar Collateral Repair and Reconstruction,” UHZ Sports Medicine Institute Conference, November 2021.
- MacKenzie JS, “Orthopedic Upper and Lower Extremity Injuries,” MSK System Course Lecturer, Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, August 2021.
- MacKenzie JS, LaPorte D, Hansoti B, Ficke J, Shafiq B, “Global Health Electives as a Means of Accelerating Progress Towards ACGME Milestones in Orthopedic Surgery Residency Training,” Grand Rounds Presentation, JHH April 29th, 2021.
- MacKenzie JS, “Sustainability in Orthopedic Global Health,” Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Global Orthopedics Presentation, April 2021.
- MacKenzie JS, “Meniscus Injury” Johns Hopkins Hospital, Sub Internship and Medical Student Curriculum, 2020.
- MacKenzie JS. “Hand and Upper Extremity Emergencies,” Johns Hopkins Hospital, Sub Internship and Medical Student Curriculum, 2020.
- MacKenzie JS, Shafiq B, Galat D, Zirkle L, Ficke J, “Tibiotalocalcaneal Fusion Using the SIGN Intramedullary Nail,” Global Health Day, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Poster Presentation, March 28th, 2019.
- MacKenzie J, Shrader M, Boan C, Vaughn J. “The Incidence of Osteochondritis Dissecans in Adolescents Complaining of Chronic Anterior Knee Pain,” Med Sci Sports Exerc, 2016 May;48(5 Suppl 1):654. doi: 10.1249/01. PMID: 27584430. Podium Presentation.
- Paul S. Lietman Global Travel Grant Recipient, 2018 and 2019, Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
- Certificate of Distinction in Global Health, 2016, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix
- Certificate of Distinction in Community Service, 2016, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix