James M. Edwards, M.D.
Verified Patient Rating: 4.8
(21 patient reviews and ratings)
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Sports Medicine, Knee, Shoulder, Elbow, Hip (Sports-Related)

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 orthopedic 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.


  • Bachelor of Science, Interdisciplinary Studies, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Medical School

  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia, Missouri


  • General Surgery, University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia, Missouri


  • Orthopedic Surgery, University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia, Missouri


  • Sports Medicine, Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic, Knoxville, Tennessee


  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Associations

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

Team Affiliations

  • Southeast Missouri State University
  • Jackson High School
"He listens to you and works with you to fix your problem. He reaches out to you and asks you for your opinion. He worked on my shoulder seven years ago. And it has not felt this good in years. I was working in North Dakota when I got crushed in trench. I was seeing a doctor up there. When I found out I needed surgery. I said I was going home to have it done. And I wanted Dr. Edwards. To do it because I trust him after the care he gave me with my shoulder. I recommend him to everyone I know." – Mark T.  
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