Dr. James C. Dreese, MD

Dr. James C. Dreese, MD

Dr. James C. Dreese, MD

Languages: English

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Specialties
  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Sports Medicine
Conditions I Treat
  • achilles tendon injuries
  • achilles tendonitis
  • achilles tendonosis
  • acl injuries
  • acromioclavicular fracture
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Procedures I Perform
  • nerve block
  • total knee replacement, age greater than 50
  • total knee replacement, age less than 50
About the Provider

James Dreese, MD, is an orthopaedic surgeon, fellowship-trained in sports medicine. He is double-board certified in Orthopedic Surgery and Orthopedic Sports Medicine. He serves as associate director of Union Memorial Sports Medicine and as research director for the MedStar Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship. He was recently elected to serve as one of two delegates from the state of Maryland on the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Council of Delegates. He has served as editor-in-chief for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and has been appointed to numerous regional and national leadership committees in Orthopedic Sports Medicine. He is actively involved in sports medicine research, and has published numerous articles and book chapters.Dr. Dreese is an associate team physician for the Baltimore Ravens and the head team orthopaedist for Loyola University.  He has been named numerous times to U.S. News and World Report's Top Doctors for Sports Medicine and Castle Connolly's Top Doctor Baltimore Edition.

Dr. Dreese has clinical interest in conservative and surgical management of knee, shoulder, hamstring, and elbow injuries. His practice focuses on managing these injuries in athletes and the general population. His clinical practice uniquely focuses on non-joint replacement solutions for knee and shoulder injuries. He has extensive experience in managing complex ligamentous, meniscus, and cartilage injuries of the knee during the eight years he spent caring for Maryland Shock Trauma patients.  He continues to frequently manage patients and athletes with complex knee injuries referred throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.  As a result of the findings of his own and others' research, he adheres to strict principles of meniscal preservation rather than removal (meniscectomy) whenever feasible.  For patients in whom meniscal preservation is not successful he offers extensive expertise in allograft meniscus transplantation.  Dr. Dreese has extensive experience in managing ligamentous injuries of the knee, with expertise in determination of conservative vs surgical management.  He performs high volumes of both bone-patellar tendon-bone and hamstring ACL reconstruction, promoting a joint disucssion with patients and their families in deciding which option suits the individual patient.

Dr. Dreese's particular areas of interest in the shoulder include rotator cuff tears, shoulder instability, SLAP tears, AC joint injuries, and biceps tendon injuries. In the knee, he focuses on ligament reconstruction (ACL, PCL, LCL/posterolateral corner), meniscus repair (meniscus root tears, bucket-handle tears, radial tears, etc.), cartilage restoration (fragmented juvenile cartilage transplantation and fresh osteochondral allograft transplantation) for localized arthritis, subchondral insufficiency fracture stabilization, patella instability surgery, patellofemoral pain syndrome, high tibial osteotomy, and nerve injuries around the knee. In particular, he focuses on operations to preserve the meniscus via repair in an effort to limit the risk of developing arthritis and the need for meniscus transplantation or joint replacement surgery. He has extensive experience in treating proximal hamstring injuries, specializing in conservative and surgical treatment for patients throughout the region.

Professional Appointments

  • Associate Director, Union Memorial Sports Medicine, 2013-present
  • Director of Research, MedStar Sports Medicine Fellowship, 2014-present
  • Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine, Shoulder and Elbow, 2005-2013
  • Council of Delegates, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, elected 2015
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Annual Meeting Instructional Course Committee, Sports Medicine, 2014-present
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Sports/Arthroscopy Annual Meeting Program Subcommittee, 2010-2013
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Evaluation Committee, 2006-2012, Group Leader 2011
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Orthopaedic Self-Assessment Committee (OSAE), 2006-2010, Chief of Sports subcommittee, 2010
  • Editor-in-Chief, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Sports Medicine Self-Interest Exam (OSIE), 2013 examination
  • Reviewer, Current Orthopaedic Practice, 2012-present
Peer-Reviewed Publications
  • Sando MJ, Grieshober JA, Kim H, Dreese JC, Henn RF 3rd.  Evaluation of risk to the suprascapular nerve during arthroscopic SLAP repair:  Is a posterior portal safer?  Arthroscopy 2018;34(2):389-395.
  • Morgan RT, Henn RF, Paryavi E, Dreese J. Injury to the suprascapular nerve during superior labrum anterior and posterior repair:  is a rotator interval portal safer than an anterosuperior portal? Arthroscopy 2014; 30(11):1418-23.
  • Becker EH, Watson JD, Dreese Investigation of Multiligamentous Knee Injury Patterns with Associated Injuries Presenting at a Level I Trauma Center. J Orthop Trauma. 2013 Apr; 27(4):226-231. PMID:  22955332
  • Gillis RC, Donaldson CT, Kim H, Love JM, Dreese Arthroscopic suture anchor capsulorrhaphy versus labral-based suture capsulorrhaphy in a cadaveric model. Arthroscopy. 2012 Nov;28(11):1615-21. PMID:22943847
  • Williams RJ, Dreese JC, and Chen CT. "Chondrocyte Survival and Material Properties in Hypothermically Stored Cartilage:  An Evaluation of Tissue Used for Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation."  The American Journal of Sports Medicine 2004;32(1):132-139.  PMID:14754736
  • Gardner MJ, Flik KR, Dreese JC, Athanasian EA, and Lyden JP. Atraumatic Compartment Syndrome of the Dorsal Compartment of the Upper Arm. Am J Orthop 2006;35(12):581. PMID: 17243410
Non-Peer Reviewed Research Publications:
  • Dietz A and Dreese J. Anterior shoulder instability in the overhead athlete:  current concepts.  Curr Opin Orthop Res 2007; 18(2): 172-176.
  • Donaldson CT and Dreese JC. Hamstring and quadriceps injuries.  Curr  Opin Orthop Res 2006;17:145-148.
  • O'Brien MJ and Dreese JC. Thoracic outlet syndrome.  Curr Opin Orthop Res 2006;17(4):331-334.
  • Dreese JC and D'Alessandro DF. "Posterior Capsulorrhaphy Through an Infraspinatus Split for Posterior Instability."  Tech in Should and Elbow Surg 2005;6(4):199-207.
  • James Dreese, MD and Bryan C. Matson, ATC, M.Ed.. Shoulder Multidirectional Instability in Swimmers.  The ACC.com. December, 2005.
Book Chapters:
  • Sayde WM, Dreese JC. Compression aperture fixation of soft tissue anterior cruciate ligament reconstructions. In: Prodromos C, editor. The Anterior Cruciate Ligament: Reconstruction and Basic Science. 2nd ed. Philadelphia Pa: Elsevier; 2018
  • Hinton RY, Levine RG, Dreese JC. Patellar instability. In: Insall JN, Scott WN, editors. Insall and Scott Surgery of the Knee. 6th Ed, ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier/Churchill Livingstone; 2018.
  • Superior Labrum Anterior to Posterior Repair. Dreese J and Casagrande D.  Atlas of Essential Orthopaedic Procedures.  American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2013.
  • Posterior Shoulder Instability Repair. James C. Dreese and James P. Bradley.  Chapter 5, Surgical Techniques in Sports Medicine.  Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007.
Invited Grand Rounds/Regional and National Presentations
  • Lead Host, AOSSM International Traveling Fellows Program, ESSKA International Traveling Fellows Program, Baltimore, MD 2015
  • Lead Host, AOSSM International Traveling Fellows Program, APOSSM and SLARD Traveling Fellows, Baltimore, MD 2012
  • Moderator, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Sports Medicine/Arthroscopy III Podium Session, Las Vegas, NV. March 2015
  • Moderator, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Sports Medicine/Arthroscopy Podium Session, Chicago, IL. March 2013.
  • Moderator, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Sports Medicine/Arthroscopy Podium Session, San Francisco, CA. February 2012.
  • Moderator, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. Sports Medicine/Arthroscopy scientific paper session, February 2011.
  • Moderator, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV. Sports Medicine/Arthroscopy scientific paper session, March 2010.
  • Course Faculty, "AAOS/AOSSM Fundamentals of Knee and Shoulder Arthroscopy for Orthopaedic Residents." Rosemont, IL.  September 14-16, 2012.
  • Course Faculty, "AAOS/AOSSM Fundaments of Knee and Shoulder Arthroscopy for Orthopaedic Residents." Rosemont, IL.  October 4-5, 2013.
  • AAOS Critical Evaluator, AAOS Annual Meeting, 2010-2013.
  • Emerging Concepts in Sports Medicine: New techniques for the evaluation and treatment of sports related hip & knee injuries. Meniscus Root Tears and Proximal Hamstring Injuries. MedStar Union Memorial Hospital.  March 21, 2015.
  • Sports and Exercise Cardiology Think Tank, American College of Cardiology. Representative of the American Orthopaedic  Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) at the request of President, Christopher Harner, M.D.  Washington, D.C.  October 18, 2012.
  • Meniscus Root Tears: Unique Injuries Requiring Anatomic Repair. Maryland Orthopedic Association Annual Meeting.  Baltimore, MD. March 2015
  • Maryland Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting, Scientific Session Moderator, April, 2009.
  • Maryland Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting, Research Evaluation Committee, April, 2006.
  • Chair, Howard County Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, 2011-present.
  • Maryland Public School System Athletic Association Committee for Heat Acclimation. Appointed by Chair, Ned Sparks.  May 2012.
  • MPSSAA Medical Advisory Committee, appointed 2013.Controversies in Sports Medicine: SLAP Repair Versus Biceps Tenodesis. Maryland Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting. Baltimore, MD.
  • Maryland Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting, Scientific Session Moderator, April, 2010.

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Education
  • Fellowship Program: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (2003)
  • Residency Program: Hospital for Special Surgery (2002)
  • Internship Program: Univ of North Carolina Hospital (1998)
  • Medical School: Pennsylvania State University College Of Medicine (1997)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
Publications
  • Sando M, Grieshober JA, Kim H, , Dreese JC, Henn RF. Evaluation of risk to the Suprascapular Nerve During Arthroscopic SLAP Repair: Is a Posterior Portal Safer? Arthroscopy 2017;17(3):1043-5. PMID: 28935431
  • Morgan RT, Henn RF, Paryavi E, Dreese J. Injury to the suprascapular nerve during superior labrum anterior and posterior repair: is a rotator interval portal safer than an anterosuperior portal? Arthroscopy 2014; 30(11):1418-23. PMID: 25125380.
  • Becker EH, Watson JD, Dreese JC. Investigation of Multiligamentous Knee Injury Patterns with Associated Injuries Presenting at a Level I Trauma Center. J Orthop Trauma. 2013 Apr; 27(4):226-231. PMID: 22955332
  • Gillis RC, Donaldson CT, Kim H, Love JM, Dreese JC. Arthroscopic suture anchor capsulorrhaphy versus labral-based suture capsulorrhaphy in a cadaveric model. Arthroscopy. 2012 Nov;28(11):1615-21. PMID:22943847
  • Gardner MJ, Flik KR, Dreese JC, Athanasian EA, Lyden JP. Atraumatic compartment syndrome of the dorsal compartment of the upper arm. Am J Orthop. 2006 Dec;35(12):581-583.
  • Williams RJ, Dreese JC, and Chen CT. “Chondrocyte Survival and Material Properties in Hypothermically Stored Cartilage: An Evaluation of Tissue Used for Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation.” The American Journal of Sports Medicine 2004;32(1):132-139. PMID:14754736
  • Gardner MJ, Flik KR, Dreese JC, Athanasian EA, and Lyden JP. Atraumatic Compartment Syndrome of the Dorsal Compartment of the Upper Arm. Am J Orthop 2006;35(12):581. PMID:17243410
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Practice Locations
  • 9501 Old Annapolis Road
    DORSEY HALL MEDICAL CENTER
    Ellicott City, MD 21042
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    Phone: (410) 821-5380

  • 2118 Greenspring Drive
    Timonium, MD 21093
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Awards
  • John J Joyce Award, 2nd Place. ISAKOS Congress 2015, Lyon, France. Evaluation of Risk to the Suprascapular Nerve During Arthroscopic SLAP Repair: Is a Posterior Portal Safer? Mark Sando, MD, USA Jason Alan Grieshober, MD, USA Hyunchul Kim, MS, USA R. Frank Henn, MD, USA James Dreese, MD USA.