James Charles Esch, M.D.
Under graduate: University of Notre Dame, B.S. 1958
Northwestern University, M.D. 1962
Cook County Hospital, Chicago, 1963
Northwestern University Orthopaedic Surgery 1963-1968
1968-70 Orthopaedic Surgeon
United States Navy, San Diego and Danang, Viet Nam
American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons
Arthroscopy Association of North America
First Vice-President 1999-2000
Chairman, Committee on Psychomotor Skills Education
Board of Directors 1989-1992; 1998-present
Director of Shoulder Course: AANA/AAOS Learning Center, Chicago IL
Program Chairman, Annual Meeting, San Diego, 1997
Orthopaedic Learning Center (AAOS/AANA)
Board of Directors 1993-2003
Chairman, 1995 & 1996
International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Orthopaedic
Sports Medicine Education Committee
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Program Committee, Shoulder and Elbow Section
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Association for Surgery of the Hand
American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine
North Coast Physicians IPA
Qualified Medical Examiner, State of California
The Best Doctors in America, Woodward/White Inc.
Editorial Admisory Board, Orthopaedics Today Publication, 2003-today
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Orthopaedics, University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine.
Tri-City Orthopaedics, Oceanside Ca
Tri-City Medical Center, Oceanside CA
North Coast Surgery Center, Oceanside, CA
Director, Orthopaedic Service Line
Tri-City Medical Center, Oceanside CA
Arthroscopic Surgery of the Shoulder and Elbow. J.B. Lippincott Co. 1993. Esch J.C., Baker C.
Burkhart SS, Esch JC, Jolson RS. . The rotator crescent and rotator cable: an anatomical description of the shoulder’s “suspension bridge”. Arthroscopy 1993;9(6):611-616
Burkhart SS, Fischer SP, Nottage WM, Esch JC, Barber FA, Doctor D, Ferrier J. Tissue fixation security in transosseous rotator cuff repairs: a mechanical comparison of simple versus mattress sutures. Arthorscopy 1996 Dec;12(6):704-708
Esch JE: Arthroscopic Subacromial Decompression and Postoperative Management. Orthop Clin North Am 1993 Jan;24(1):161-171
An Illustrated Guide To Arthroscopic Subacromial Decompression. Dyonics Inc. 1990
Esch JC, Ozerkis LR, Helgager JA, et al: Arthroscopic subacromial decompression for partial and complete tears of the rotator cuff. Presented at the meeting of the International Arthroscopy Association. Rome, Italy, 1989.
Arthroscopic Subacromial Decompression: Surgical Technique, Orthopaedic Review 1989 Jun;18 (6):733-735
Subacromial Decompression: Results According To The Degree of Rotator Tear. Arthroscopy 1988; 4(4):241-49.
Shoulder Arthroscopy, Initial Results In a Community Practice. Orthopaedic Transactions 1987.
Partial-Thickness Rotator Cuff Tears. Esch, James and Yergler, Michael.. Surgical Techniques for the Shouler and Elbow, Edited by F. Alan Barber and Scott Fischer. Thieme Press 2003
History of Shoulder Arthrosocpy. Jonathan Tickler. In Press
Repair of Subscapularis Tears. James Esch and Kelly Bynum. Edited by Richard Ryu. In Press 2003
Arthrosocpic Repair of Rotator Cuff Tears. James Esch and Bradford Tucker. Edited by Joseph Ianotti. In Press 2003
Arthroscopic Acromioplasty. Operative Arthroscopy, Third Edition, Edited by John McGinty, Stephen Burkhart, Robert Jackson, and Gary Poehling. Raven Press 2002
Frozen Shoulder. Edited by James Chow
Arthroscopic Acromioplasty, Posterior Approach. Operative Arthroscopy, SecondEdition, Edited by John McGinty, Richard Caspari, Robert Jackson, and Gary Poehling. Raven Press 1995
Frozen Shoulder. Current Techniques in Arthroscopy, Second Edition. J. Serge Parisien, Editor. 1995.
Arthroscopic Subacromial Decompression. S. Parisien, editor. Gower Publishers 1993
Shoulder Arthroscopy: Basic Set-up. Paulos, Tibone, editors. Operative Techniques in Shoulder Surgery. Aspen Publishers 1991
Shoulder Arthroscopy in the Older Age Group. F. Fu, editor. W.B. Saunders Publications 1991
Shoulder Arthroscopy: Basic Set-up.
Lonnie Paulos, Editor Techniques In Orthopaedics 1988: 3 (1): 9-14 1988 Aspen Publishers
Chairman (21 years): San Diego Shoulder Arthroscopy Course
Numerous Lectures in US, Australia, Taiwan, South America, and Europe.
Golf, skiing, bicycling, and walking.
Married 46 years to wife Diantha. Four children and seven grandchildren.