James A. Flanagan, Jr., MD received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Tex. He completed a surgery residency at the Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals in Houston and his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Alabama in Birmingham Medical Center. He also earned a Total Joint Fellowship with Sir Michael Freeman at the London Hospital, London, England.
Dr. Flanagan has been performing direct anterior total hip arthroplasty for the past 10+ years, giving patients a more rapid recovery and less post-operative restrictions. He is also highly-skilled in total knee replacement. Dr. Flanagan is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, a Fellow of American College of Sports Medicine, a Diplomat of the American Board of Forensic Medicine and a member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.
Dr. Flanagan took care of Birmingham's athletes on the field for more than 30 years, harkening back to the days of Coach Joe Campbell at Leeds High School. He has been passionate about amateur athletic sports since that time. He believes that returning the athlete to the field of play is the ultimate goal of sports medicine. He combines conservative care and surgical treatment in a compassionate setting.
Dr. Flanagan is married and has two grown children and two grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, hunting, fishing, hiking and skiing. He is a big Auburn University athletics fan and has family in the Auburn/Opelika area.
Total Joint Fellowship:
Sir Michael Freeman at the London Hospital (London, England)
Orthopaedic Surgery Residency:
University of Alabama in Birmingham Medical Center (Birmingham, AL)
Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals (Houston, TX)
Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, TX)
Auburn University (Auburn, AL)
My right hip was bothering me and I had gotten to the point of it being bone-on-bone. I tried to push the pain away by taking anti-inflammatory medicine and continuing with pickleball. After the last tournament I played in, I looked at my partner and said I couldn’t do it anymore. The pain just kept getting worse. I knew I needed to take time off. I was very lucky, someone there recommended Andrews Sports Medicine and Dr. James Flanagan. I wanted to do it right away and get it done. He did my total hip replacement.
Gary McBride | West Palm Beach, FL
I saw Dr. Flanagan in April of this year. Because I had gotten a cortisone shot from Dr. Smith in March, I had to wait a little longer to have the surgery. I had the surgery done June 21st of this year. Before surgery, I went to a wellness and physical therapy center in the county I live in. I knew I couldn’t hyperextend my leg so I focused my pre-rehab with 20 minutes on the bike and 6-8 laps doing backstroke in the pool. This really helped me strengthen my hip.
Bob Bartlett | Tuscaloosa, AL
I am feeling great and would recommend Dr. James Flanagan to anyone needing hip replacements and Drs. Charles Carnel and Andrew Cordover for back issues. I recommend Andrews Sports Medicine to all my family and friends dealing with orthopedic issues! Before I visited Andrews Sports Medicine, I was experiencing all kinds of pain, but once I took the step to go I was able to focus on getting better.
Coach Mike Howard | Vestavia Hills, AL
I first chose Dr. James Flanagan for my hip issue in 2019 based on his background and lengthy experience, I thought he would be the "best fit" for me and my hip replacement surgery!
I was definitely not wrong - from his friendly & very helpful staff, to the hospital staff that looked after me, I couldn't have been in better hands!! I know they see many patients, but they all have the knack of making you feel special and like you are their #1 PRIORITY!
Beverly Ochsenhirt | Birmingham, AL
I really appreciate all that Dr. James Flanagan and his staff did for me. I had a great experience. As a golfer, I have been able to enjoy playing the beautiful courses in Birmingham weekly without any discomfort.
Lewis Sanders | McCalla, AL