James E. Tibone

Moss Foundation Professorship in Sports Medicine in Memory of Dr. Robert K. Kerlan

Areas of treatment:

Sports Injuries of the Shoulder
Knee and Elbow
Total and Reverse Shoulder Replacement Surgeries


  • Orthopaedic Surgery


  • Department of Orthopaedic Surgery


  • English

James E. Tibone, MD

Moss Foundation Professorship in Sports Medicine in Memory of Dr. Robert K. Kerlan

Practicing locations:

  • Keck Hospital of USC
  • USC Outpatient Surgery Center

About this doctor:

Dr. Tibone holds the Moss Foundation Professorship in Sports Medicine in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and is the co-director of the USC Center for Athletic Medicine. He is also the medical director for USC’s Athletic Department. Dr. Tibone is an internationally recognized expert in sports injuries of the shoulder, knee and elbow and total and reverse shoulder replacement surgeries. A prolific writer and speaker, Dr. Tibone has extensive experience working with professional athletes. He is the physician for USC’s football team and has served as team physician for numerous sports organizations, including the Los Angeles Kings. He is also the consulting physician for the Los Angeles Angeles, Dodgers and Lakers, as well as the Anaheim Ducks. Dr. Tibone, voted a 2010 Super Doctor by Los Angeles Magazine, was the North American editor for the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. He has served on numerous national professional committees, and is a past president of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons. He received his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and completed his fellowship in sports medicine at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles.


Doctor of Medicine, Medicine, Jefferson Medical College 1973
Bachelor of Science, Biology, Duke University 1969


UCLA Medical Center 1973 - 1974


UCLA Medical Center 1979


Kerlan - Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic 1979 - 1980

Professional society memberships:

Los Angeles Medical Association
Alpha Omega Alpha
Gibbon Surgical Society
Nu Sigma Nu
American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, President 2002-2003
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Orthopaedic Association


Dr. Tibone was voted a Super Doctor by Los Angeles Magazine in 2014.