James C. Zmolek

James C. Zmolek, MD

Orthopedic Surgery

Accepting New Patients

Ages I Treat: Adolescent, Adult, Child, and Geriatrics

Payment Plan Offered

Schedule an Appointment 805-681-7584 Fax: 805-681-7824


  • Sansum Clinic Orthopedic

    4151 Foothill Rd. Santa Barbara, CA 93110

Insurances Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem/Blue Cross
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Shield
  • First Health
  • Great West
  • Health Net
  • Horizon
  • Medi-Cal
  • Medicare
  • PacifiCare
  • PHCS
  • Private Health Care Systems
  • Secure Horizons
  • United HealthCare

Physician Profile

Year began practicing:


Year joined staff:


Physician Philosophy:

As an orthopedic surgeon, I enjoy caring for individuals with musculoskeletal problems. Initially, this process requires listening closely to each patient's specific concerns. Orthopedic intervention requires working closely with individuals to identify solutions to their needs. Each patient must then become an active participant in his/her own rehabilitation. In the majority of instances, individuals respond well to conservative management including physical therapy, strength and proprioception training, and activity modification. At times, conservative management fails to provide restoration of function and adequate relief of pain. In these cases, I am happy to review and discuss appropriate surgical interventions. Communication, education, and cooperation between each patient and their physician is of paramount importance. This includes a positive commitment to work together to overcome any musculoskeletal illness that may arise.

Credentialed Facilities:

Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, and Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital

Clinical Highlights:

Sports Medicine, Total Joint Replacement


  • 2013-2014 - Castle Connolly Nation's Top Doctor Award
  • 2010-2015 - Chairman Orthopedic Surgery - Sansum Clinic
  • Lowman Orthopedic Surgery Research Award

Professional Memberships:

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Santa Barbara County Medical Society, University of Southern California Orthopedic Society, University of Notre Dame Orthopedic Society


Medical Education:

UCLA Medical Center





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