Dr. James McKenzie

James C. McKenzie, MD

Orthopedics, Orthopedics-Spine Conditions, Orthopedic Surgery
Comprehensive Spine Center
Overall Rating

5 out of 5

188 ratings

For Appointments Call (215) 910-4463

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About James C. McKenzie, MD

Dr. James McKenzie, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, specializes in spine surgery, including decompression of the spinal cord or nerves from disc herniations or arthritis in the neck and middle or low back. He also specializes in fusion in these areas to treat arthritis, scoliosis and other diseases of the spine. He is trained in both open and minimally invasive techniques and is a founding provider with the Comprehensive Spine Center, a clinical partnership between Redeemer Health and Global Neurosciences Institute. 

Dr. McKenzie completed fellowships in clinical research and earned his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University. Following a residency in orthopedic surgery at Jefferson, he fulfilled a spine surgery fellowship at Emory University, where he trained in diagnosis and management of degenerative, traumatic and deformity spinal disorders. He is also a peer reviewer for SPINE and the Global Spine Journal. 

In addition to practicing evidence-based medicine, Dr. McKenzie feels that respecting his patients’ time, listening to their concerns, and showing empathy for their unique situations are key to providing good care. His favorite moments are watching his patients wake up from surgery to find that their pain has gone away. “Their immediate relief is a gratifying reward that makes all of the work worthwhile,” he says.

Growing up in Delaware County, Dr. McKenzie observed his parents’ commitment to helping others — his father as a hematologist/oncologist, and his mother as an operating room nurse. He considers himself extremely blessed to continue in their footsteps by caring for those in the Southeast Pennsylvania community. He is especially pleased to work at Redeemer Health, where his beloved grandfather received life-extending cardiology and critical care and participated in our Senior Living program. 

Dr. McKenzie is married to his high-school sweetheart, Laura, with whom he has two children. He is a diehard Philadelphia sports fan, with a particular passion for the Eagles, having played football for Syracuse University, where he was named an ESPN/CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American.

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Patient Ratings

5 out of 5 (188 ratings , 18 comments)

Listened Carefully : 5

Spent Enough Time With You : 5

Explained Things Clearly : 5

Explanations Easy to Understand : 4.5

Knew Medical History : 5

Showed Respect : 5