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James Robert Ficke, M.D.

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Robert A. Robinson Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery


Expertise: Amputation, Foot and Ankle, Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedics

Research Interests: Lower Extremity Trauma Outcomes; Post-Traumatic Osteoarthritis; Orthopaedic Rehabilitation

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The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Appointment Phone: 443-997-2663

600 N. Wolfe Street
Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, MD 21287 map

Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
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601 N. Caroline St.
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Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
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4940 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224 map


Colonel James Ficke, M.D., is Robert A. Robinson Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and director of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is also orthopaedist-in-chief of The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is nationally renowned as an expert on the treatment of complex foot and ankle patients, lower extremity trauma patients and amputees.

Dr. Ficke received his M.D. from Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in 1987. He completed a transitional internship at Madigan Army Medical Center, and finished his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Tripler Army Medical Center. He also completed an AO fellowship in Trauma in Munich Germany, and a foot and ankle fellowship in Dallas, Texas.

Prior to his current position, Dr. Ficke was chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the San Antonio Military Medical Center. He also served the U.S. Army Surgeon General as the senior advisor on policy and personnel for orthopaedics and extremity injuries for seven years.

During his deployment as deputy commander of clinical services at the 228th Combat Support Hospital in Mosul, Iraq, from 2004 to 2005, he was the senior orthopedic surgeon, treating more than 600 U.S. soldiers and Iraqi patients for war injuries.

Dr. Ficke has received numerous awards for his skills as a surgeon and educator, as well as two dozen military decorations and awards including the Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medals. His service earned him the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons’ prestigious 2010 Colonel Brian Allgood Memorial Leadership Award, and The Surgeon General's 2010 Major General Lewis Aspey Mologne Award.

He has served as the co-chair of the Extremity War Injury Symposium sponsored by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons since 2005. more


  • Robert A. Robinson Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Director, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedist-in-Chief, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Departments / Divisions



  • MD, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (1987)


  • Tripler Army Medical Center / Orthopaedic Surgery (1994)


  • Klinikum Rechts der Isar (1993)
  • Baylor University Medical Center (2000)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery / Orthopaedic Surgery (1996, 2016)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Over the course of his career, Dr. Ficke has focused much of his research and practice on amputation and limb salvage, and the treatment of foot and ankle trauma and post-traumatic arthritis.

Selected Publications

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  1. Andersen RC, D'Alleyrand JC, Swiontkowski MF, Ficke JR; Extremity War Injuries VIII Session Moderators. "Extremity war injuries VIII: sequelae of combat injuries." J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2014 Jan;22(1):57-62. doi: 10.5435/JAAOS-22-01-57.
  2. Lawnick MM, Champion HR, Gennarelli T, Galarneau MR, D'Souza E, Vickers RR, Wing V, Eastridge BJ, Young LA, Dye J, Spott MA, Jenkins DH, Holcomb J, Blackbourne LH, Ficke JR, Kalin EJ, Flaherty S. "Combat injury coding: A review and reconfiguration." J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2013 Oct;75(4):573-81. doi: 10.1097/TA.0b013e3182a53bc6.
  3. Zielinski SM, Keijsers NL, Praet SF, Heetveld MJ, Bhandari M, Wilssens JP, Patka P, Van Lieshout EM; FAITH Trial Investigators. "Femoral neck shortening after internal fixation of a femoral neck fracture." Orthopedics. 2013 Jul; 36(7):e849-58. doi: 10.3928/01477447-20130624-13.
  4. Moore JH, Goffar SL, Teyhen DS, Pendergrass TL, Childs JD, Ficke JR. "The role of U.S. military physical therapists during recent combat campaigns." Phys Ther. 2013 Sep; 93(9):1268-75. doi: 10.2522/ptj.20120136. Epub 2013 May 2.
  5. Doukas WC, Hayda RA, Frisch HM, Andersen RC, Mazurek MT, Ficke JR, Keeling JJ, Pasquina PF, Wain HJ, Carlini AR, MacKenzie EJ. "The Military Extremity Trauma Amputation/Limb Salvage (METALS) study: outcomes of amputation versus limb salvage following major lower-extremity trauma." J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2013 Jan 16; 95(2):138-45. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.K.00734.

Activities & Honors


  • COL Brian Allgood Award for Military Orthopaedic Leadership, 2010
  • MG Louis A. Mologne Award, US Army Surgeon General, 2010
  • Order of St Maurice - Legionaire #02018, 2007
  • Order of Military Medical Merit #6921, 2004
  • Outstanding Outside Faculty Educator, 2003
  • Outstanding Outside Faculty Educator, 2001
  • Outstanding Resident Educator, 1994


  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 1990
  • American College of Surgeons, 2012
  • American Orthopaedic Association, 2006
  • American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, 1998
  • AO Alumni Association, 1993
  • Orthopaedic Trauma Association, 2006
  • Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons, 1993

Professional Activities

  • Central Program Committee, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Leadership Development Committee, American Orthopaedic Association

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Seasonal Running and Injury Prevention Webinar

Running is a great activity for your heart, weight, mental health and overall wellbeing, but it comes with a risk of injuries, no matter how experienced you are. Orthopaedic surgeon James Ficke, M.D., and physical therapist Ken Johnson discuss preventive measures you can take to avoid the most common running injuries.

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