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James M. Edwards, M.D.

Shoulder & Elbow, Hip & Knee, Sports Medicine

“What I enjoy most about being an Orthopedic Surgeon is helping patients get back to doing activities that they love.”

Dr. Edwards joined Advanced Orthopedic Specialists in October 2007. A native of Cape Girardeau, Dr. Edwards received his bachelor of science degree in interdisciplinary studies from Southeast Missouri State University. He received his medical degree from the University of Missouri School of Medicine and went on to complete his internship and orthopaedic surgical residency at the same institution. Dr. Edwards fulfilled his medical training with a fellowship in sports medicine at Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic in Tennessee.

In addition to his clinical commitments, Dr. Edwards serves as a team physician for Southeast Missouri State University and Jackson High School. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his kids, golfing, exercising, and playing the guitar and tenor saxophone.

Dr. Edwards is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.


  • American Medical Student Association
  • American Medical Association
  • Missouri State Medical Association
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

"My knees were causing me really bad pain. I talked to my primary care physician and he sent me to Dr. James M. Edwards. He told me I have osteoarthritis in my knees. He gave me a cortisone shot in my left, and a Synvisc in my right. It made a world of difference for my knees and me. Dr. Edwards is the "best." He's caring and treats me as a person, not just money. I wouldn't have anyone else give me my injections." -- Brenda T.

"Dr. James Edwards performed a left knee arthroscopy with partial medial and lateral menisectomy and chondroplasty. Before this surgery, I was experiencing marked pain with inability to ambulate. I am now totally pain free, and am able to walk without any problems. I was able to return to work the first week of August without any restrictions on my work. As I discussed with Dr. Edwards prior to surgery, my goal was to be free of pain and be able to walk again without any problems. My goal was accomplished thanks to Dr. Edwards and the entire hospital staff who rendered my care." -- Carol S.

"I think that Dr. Edwards is a very caring and sweet doctor who cares about his patients. I have been seeing him for a few years, and would not trust anyone else. His staff is very nice and caring as well. I have referred a few people to go and see him with their problems. Thanks to you, Dr. Edwards and your staff." -- Debra Y.

"He is a very good doctor. He always takes the time to listen to what you have to say!" -- Patricia L.

"Having not had a prior surgery, I had a lot of anxiety prior to my surgery. The staff and doctors answered all of my questions, which put me at ease. I am so thankful that I chose Advance Orthopedic Specialists to do my surgery. I'm healing right on schedule and look forward to returning to work ahead of schedule!" -- Bobby H.

"On April 29, I had surgery on my left shoulder. Now after five weeks of rehab I have almost full movement and no pain." -- Lewis T.

"In April, I had shoulder surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff.  My surgery was done at Physician Alliance Center. The staff there was super nice and helpful.  My visits to your office have been exceptional.  Everyone has been very helpful and takes time with you. My shoulder is better than new. If I would ever need your services again, I would not hesitate to request Dr Edwards." --Lewis T.

"First surgery was total left hip replacement by Dr. Trueblood.  Received excellent care. Second, and most recent ( three months ago), surgery was left tibia IM nail. Dr. Edwards informed me of all that would happen and has given me excellent care also." --Dennis I.

"I had extensive shoulder surgery in February of 2012 due to labrum tear and other tears around shoulder. Now I have full range of motion and strength back in my shoulder with very little discomfort. My doctors and the staff at Advanced Orthopedic Specialists were very supportive and explained everything that would happen after surgery very well. I will return to Dr. Bowen and Dr. Edwards if I ever have orthopedic problems again. Thank you." -- Doug F.

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Meet Dr. James Edwards, a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon at Advanced Orthopedic Specialists.