James Snead, MD

  • Chief of Department of Orthopedic Surgery


Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Call 508-342-1103

Accepting new patients.

As an athlete in high school, Dr. James Snead was introduced to the career path of orthopedics. Feeling this profession was challenging and exciting, he decided to pursue the specialty through medical school. 

Now in his career at as Chief of Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Sturdy, Dr. Snead finds fulfillment when he can get his patients back to doing the things they enjoy. He sees every patient as a unique and new challenge and treats his patients with the same care he would give to his own family. 

At an appointment with Dr. Snead, patients can expect to review the origin and nature of the their injury or problem and receive an examination to find the source of the pain. A treatment plan will be developed to work on eradicating pain or dysfunction. This plan may include physical therapy, activity modification, medical injections, or surgical intervention. 

Dr. Snead specializes in sports medicine with a unique expertise in shoulder and knee arthroscopy, including repair of torn rotator cuffs and labral tears of the shoulder, as well as ACL reconstructions of the knee – all via a small camera (arthroscope). He performs a number of knee ligament (ACL) reconstructions, shoulder and knee arthroscopies per year.

In his free time, Dr. Snead and his family are involved in health and fitness. You might find him biking, hiking, running, or traveling with his wife and three children. 

Read Rotator Cuff Injury 101 by Dr. Snead.





Sports medicine, as well as shoulder and knee arthroscopy, remain the mainstay of Dr. Snead’s practice.

Medical School

Indiana University School of Medicine


Ochsner Clinic & Foundation Hospital


Union Memorial Hospital, Sports Medicine & Arthroscopic Surgery

Sturdy Memorial Associates Physician

Board Certified

Orthopedic Surgery

Professional Memberships

Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)

American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)

Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA)

Physician Referral Line

Need help finding a provider? Call our Physician Referral Line at 508-236-8500 for a list of our physicians accepting new patients.