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James N. Robinson, MD

Primary Sports Medicine
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About Dr. Robinson


Dr. James Robinson is a fellowship-trained, board certified sports medicine physician. His primary focus is treating sports injuries in athletes of all abilities, from those at the high school, college, and professional level to recreational athletes and weekend warriors. He routinely uses the most advanced techniques for diagnosis and treatment including musculoskeletal ultrasound and performs ultrasound-guided and platelet-rich-plasma injections.

Dr. Robinson received his medical degree from The University of Alabama at Birmingham and proceeded to complete a Family Medicine Residency at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in South Bend, Indiana. He continued with a fellowship at ASMI/Andrews Sports Medicine in Birmingham, Alabama, where he trained in the care of the overhead athlete and collaborated with team physicians at the University of Alabama, minor league baseball, as well as numerous local teams.

Dr. Robinson is currently a team physician for the New York Liberty (WNBA) professional basketball team. In rural Alabama, he practiced both family medicine and sports medicine and served as the team physician for the University of West Alabama. Dr. Robinson also helped care for athletes at the University of Memphis and Christian Brothers University, as well as on the Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) and Hustle (NBA G League), Memphis 901 FC USL Soccer, and Memphis Redbirds AAA baseball.

Dr. Robinson is a lifelong athlete and runner and enjoys helping others be healthy and pain-free.

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Specialized Centers

Performing Arts Medicine Collaborative

Special Expertise

Running medicine
Overhead throwing injury
Nonsurgical sports injuries
Ultrasound-guided injections


Ultrasound-guided injections


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If your insurance is not listed, please call our office if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage. If you have out-of-network benefits, then your insurance may reimburse you for a portion of your office visit. We will work with you and your insurance to minimize your out-of-pocket costs. Financial assistance may be available for patients in need.



Assistant Attending Physician, Hospital for Special Surgery


American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM)
American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM)
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)


American Board of Family Practice with CAQ in Primary Care Sports Medicine


University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL, 2008


University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL, 2008


Family Medicine, St. Joseph Regional Medical Center South Bend, IN 2011


American Sports Medicine Institute/Andrews Sports Medicine, Birmingham, AL, 2012

State Licensure



For My Patients

Publications by Dr. Robinson

Patient Education

Selected Journal Articles

Metzl JD, McElheny K, Robinson JN. et al. Considerations for Return to Exercise Following Mild-to-Moderate COVID-19 in the Recreational Athlete. HSS Jrnl 16, 102–107 (2020).

Selected Books/Chapters

2009 Robinson, James, Gordon Givan, and Stephen Simons "Stress Fractures: Navicular, Metatarsal." The 5-Minute Sports Medicine Consult. Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins. 2010.

Selected Presentations

2019 AMSSM Annual Meeting Case Presentation Panelist

2012 Robinson, James and Tracy Ray. An Unusual Cause of Leg Pain in a Triathlete. Poster Presentation at AMSSM Annual Meeting 2012; Atlanta, GA

2011 Sports Medicine Update. Lecture at the Mid-Winter Meeting of the Alabama Academy of Family Physicians. December 3, 2011. Birmingham, AL

2011 Robinson, James and Stephen Simons. Medical Coverage of High School Athletics in Indiana. Presented at SJRMC Research Day

2010 Robinson, James and Stephen Simons. Football Player with Reactivation of Right Hip Pain. Poster Presentation at AMSSM Annual Meeting 2010; Cancun, Mexico.


Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

HSS has a long history of supporting appropriate relationships with industry because they advance HSS's mission to provide the highest quality patient care, improve patient mobility, and enhance the quality of life for all, and to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and their related disciplines through research and education.

As of March 24, 2023, Dr. Robinson reported no relationships with the healthcare industry.

HSS and its physicians make this information available to patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest and Commitment Policy prohibits physicians from collecting royalties on products they develop that are used on patients at HSS.

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