Change of Scenery: New Orthopedic Specialist Ready to See New Patients

The newest physician member of MCMC Sports Medicine and Orthopedics came a long way, and left a lot behind, for the chance to care for residents of this region.

He grew up in Kansas City and went to college and medical school there, leaving only for a few years of specialized medical training, before returning and setting up practice.

That is where James Reardon, M.D., stayed for 22 years, caring for two, sometimes three generations of patients, performing thousands of joint replacements and other orthopedic and sports medicine procedures and chairing for six years the Joint Replacement Division of a large Kansas City hospital.

He worked frequently with three physician siblings, all of whom referred patients.

Dr. Reardon was about as set as any physician could get. His is not the career path that one expects to naturally lead to The Dalles.

Yet here he is, setting up his new practice with MCMC Sports Medicine and orthopedic Surgery, and happy to be doing so.

“No one in Kansas City could believe I was leaving at the top of my practice,” Dr. Reardon says.

Before he and his family arrived in their new hometown, Dr. Reardon considered his reasons for the move. “They change hourly,” he said then.

Among them were the opportunity to focus exclusively on taking care of patients and the chance to expose his family to another part of the country.

“Running a successful practice requires that you spend so much of your time being a businessman,” he says. “I’m looking forward to just being an orthopedic surgeon. My wife, Joanne, and I have six children, ages 13 to 21, and they, of course, were all brought up in Kansas City. Four of them came with us, and I think it’s good that they are going to get a different view of the world from a place a long way from where they’ve spent all their time.”

Dr. Reardon brings to MCMC Sports Medicine and orthopedic Surgery extensive experience in a broad range of orthopedic procedures. His Kansas City practice averaged 8,000 patient visits annually, meaning he has performed thousands of the most common orthopedic procedures, from sports injuries and knee, shoulder and hip arthroscopy to total hip and knee replacements. He also brings skills in an array of specialized procedures, such as joint preservation and cartilage transplantation.

He earned his bachelor and medical degrees from the University of Missouri, completed his internship and residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and a traveling fellowship in joint replacement, trauma and sports medicine in Australia and Switzerland.

Dr. Reardon is board certified in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. In addition to his private practice in The Dalles, he will serve as a clinical professor on the faculty of Oregon Health & Science University.

He says his philosophy of care is pretty simple: His goal is to use his skills and knowledge “to help people go back to what they enjoy doing in their life, whether that is playing football or playing with their grandkids.”

Dr. James Reardon is accepting new patients at MCMC Sports Medicine and orthopedic Surgery.

To make an appointment, call 541.506.6500.

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