James C. Wang

Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
James C. Wang, DPM

Areas of treatment:

Injuries and deformities of the foot, ankle and lower leg
Reconstructive and Traumatological Surgery of the foot and ankle
Minimally invasive techniques for bunion correction
Metatarsal lengthening in congenital short metatarsals

Specialties:

  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

Department:

  • Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

James C. Wang, DPM

Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Practicing locations:

  • Keck Hospital of USC
  • Keck Medicine of USC - Beverly Hills
  • USC Healthcare Center 2

About this doctor:

Dr. James Wang is one of a unique group of board certified podiatrists who have completed a four year residency that focused on surgical and traumatological conditions of the foot and ankle. Less than one percent of all podiatrists have this type of training. He specializes in deformities and injuries of the foot, ankle and lower leg. He is highly regarded for his pioneering surgical techniques in sports medicine using minimal incisions resulting in a quicker, less painful recovery which allows patients to walk immediately. Present technology forces patients to be immobilized and non-weight bearing for extended periods of time. One of the primary areas where this is evident in is in the treatment of hallux valgus or bunion correction. Many of the present techniques require a patient to be immobilized without walking for six weeks or longer. Dr. Wang has published peer-reviewed papers in podiatric and orthopedic journals that demonstrate how painful deformities can be corrected with minimal incisions which facilitates immediate walking and actually allows the body to heal faster. This innovative technique also results in less pain and swelling during the postoperative period compared to the traditional approach using screws and plates that accounts for the longer recovery period. Dr. Wang has also been a leading surgeon in metatarsal lengthening in congenital short metatarsals and previously operated bones. Utilizing external fixation with a minimally invasive approach to lengthen bones without bone graft restores function to many patients in an accelerated fashion. Dr. Wang’s philosophy is to provide superb care with a compassionate and personal touch. A graduate of Temple School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, Dr. Wang went on to complete a four-year residency and fellowship program at the Presbyterian Medical Center of Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania with an emphasis on major traumatological and reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle. This training included a one year rotation in general and vascular surgery and eight months of plastic and reconstructive surgery in addition to a fellowship in deformity and limb reconstruction.

Education:

BA, West Virginia University
DPM, Temple School of Podiatric Medicine

Residencies:

4 years in reconstructive and traumatological surgery of the foot and ankle

Fellowships:

External fixation and limb lengthening, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, UK

Certifications:

American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery