jim_kemmler1James E. Kemmler, MD

Drawn to Orthopaedics
"I've always loved science, and I think in terms of proper structure and mechanics. Fixing things is a passion. Orthopedics gives me the opportunity to help people get well and return them to their work, their sports, and their lifestyles."

  • BS: Summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN
  • MD: University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
  • Author: Research papers in medical journals

A Higher Standard of Patient Caring

"I prefer a more personalized and higher standard of care. Interacting with patients on a personal level is important and valuable. I take time with my patients and try to gear care towards them individually. My goal is both a quality orthopedic outcome as well as a globally satisfying experience."

  • Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
  • Board-Certified: Orthopaedic Surgeon


  • American Medical Association
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • Ohio Orthopaedic Society
  • Mercer and Auglaize Orthopaedic Societies
  • Member: Hospital Foundation Board, Joint Township District, Memorial Hospital, 9 year term
  • Fellow: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Physician Rehabilitation Director for Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, Joint Township District Memorial Hospital

Helping People, No Matter Where They Are

"I have learned so much about people by traveling to third world countries and doing my residency in primarily underprivileged tertiary care centers. These experiences have taught me to appreciate people of all backgrounds. We, as a group, and I personally, strive to help people at all levels. We are working with a group called the Children's Medical Mission West to help children, coming from Africa, with their orthopedic needs. I helped co-found a successful group called 'Giving Thanks'. Its primary goal is helping people who are in need of food and fellowship, primarily surrounding Thanksgiving, but also with donations to other groups, at other times throughout the year. I also like donating time to young people through the school athletic programs, helping both on and off the field. Interest in the arts has led me to become a supporting member of the West Ohio Art League and Ohio Watercolor Society. I have helped to co-found a group called ACE (Arts for Community Enrichment) led by master glassblower James Kahle, with a mission to foster the teaching, promotion, recognition, and accessibility of the Arts, for the enrichment of the Community."