James Farmer, MD
Meet Dr. Farmer
Dr. Farmer is a transplanted Texan who has lived and practiced in Salem since 2008. He grew up in Katy Texas, where he played baseball and swam competitively in high school. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch with a Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy. After practicing P.T. in the U.S. Air Force he returned to medical school and graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. He completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Wake Forest University. Upon completion of residency he practiced for six years in the U.S. Navy at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune where he specialized in sports medicine. Dr. Farmer achieved the rank of Commander before resigning his commission to enter civilian practice in Salem, VA in 2008.
Dr. Farmer is double board certified in sports medicine and general orthopaedic surgery. He specializes in minimally invasive and arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee and ankle as well as knee replacements. He performs ligament reconstructions and cartilage restoration procedures and performed the first meniscal transplant in the Roanoke Valley in 2008. Due to his expertise in treating athletes he was asked to join the medical staff for the Virginia Tech Athletic Department in 2009. He serves as the team physician for the Salem Red Sox, Salem High School and Roanoke College.
As a former physical therapist, Dr. Farmer brings a unique approach to musculoskeletal injuries and treatment. He makes the effort to get to know the person and the impact that the disease has on the person’s life, then carefully develops a treatment plan for the individual. Dr. Farmer utilizes a combination of prevention strategies, physical rehabilitation, medications and surgery to restore function and improve quality of life.
Dr. Farmer is married and has 3 sons and a daughter. He enjoys spending time with his family, outdoor activities, travel and sports. He swims competitively in Master’s Swimming events and is a lifelong Dallas Cowboy fan.
Learn more about Dr. Farmer:
- The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, BS in Physical Therapy, 1990
- Baylor College of Medicine, MD, 1997
- Wake Forest University School of Medicine, General Surgery Internship, 1998
- Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery Residency, 2002
- Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery
- Board Certified in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
- Minimally invasive and arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee and ankle
- Knee Replacement
- Ligament Reconstructions
- Cartilage Restoration
“I treat patients and staff with the respect and compassion that we all deserve. I utilize a combination of prevention strategies, physical rehabilitation, medications and surgery to restore function and improve quality of life.”