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James B. Rector, MD


Hip Replacement Surgery, Knee Replacement Surgery, Sports Medicine, Shoulder, Regenerative Medicine

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Dr. James Rector has been a board-certified orthopedic surgeon for over 30 years. As a physician and team doctor, Dr. Rector has a special interest in arthroscopic knee surgery, and he has extensive training and experience in total hip and total knee replacement surgery. Dr. Rector is one of the first surgeons in the United States to perform state-of-the-art hip resurfacing, and he was the first surgeon to perform BIRMINGHAM HIP Resurfacing (BHR) in Colorado.

Although hip resurfacing has been part of mainstream European orthopedics for a decade, the FDA granted U.S. approval to BHR in May 2006. One of a limited number of U.S. surgeons to be trained and certified in this procedure, Dr. Rector has performed more than 900 hip resurfacing arthroplasties since June 2006. He also has extensive experience with other forms of total hip replacement, including ceramic-on-ceramic and metal-on-metal bearing surfaces.

Dr. Rector was chosen for membership in the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, an organization of more than 1,200 board-certified or board-eligible orthopedic surgeons in the United States and Canada who devote at least 50 percent of their practice to hip and knee arthroplasty. The association was established in 1991 to provide leadership in advocacy, education, and research to achieve excellence in hip and knee patient care.

About Dr. Rector's Staff

Dr. Rector and his team are dedicated to providing the best surgical experience to patients needing hip resurfacing. Dr. Rector's team consists of Maureen "Mo" McCabe, Robert Farias, and Matthew Schneider, PA-C.

Maureen McCabe (photo coming soon)
Matt Schneider

Matt is a board-certified physician assistant and the most recent addition to the staff. Matt earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science at The University of Akron in Ohio. He earned his physician assistant degree at Red Rocks Community College, one of only two physician assistant programs in the state of Colorado.

Maureen "Mo" McCabe, medical assistant, helps in the office, assists in surgery, and coordinates scheduling surgeries. Her direct line is 303.448.8148.

Robert Farias, CFA, received concurrent BHR training and assists Dr. Rector on all BHR surgeries. He has worked with Dr. Rector since 1991.


  • Arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgery
  • Fracture care
  • Platelet-rich plasma
  • Sports medicine
  • Total hip replacement surgery
  • Total knee replacement surgery
  • Trauma and reconstructive surgery


  • Bachelor of Arts: Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH
  • Doctor of Medicine: The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH
  • Internship: The Ohio State University Hospital, Columbus, OH
  • Orthopedic Surgery Residency: University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO

Distinctions and Recognition

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Boulder County Medical Society
  • Colorado Medical Society
  • 2008 Healthcare Heroes Distinguished Service Award Recipient

2010 Meetings and Educational Conferences Attended

  • Hospital for Special Surgery, “Advanced Topics in Hip Resurfacing,” Course chairman: Dr. Edward Su. May 7 – 8. New York, NY. 4th International Advanced Resurfacing Course. Course chairman: Dr. Coen DeSmet. June 16 – 19. Ghent, Belgium

Community Service

  • Team physician for Boulder High School since 1980
  • Proud sponsor of the Boulder Bicycle Classic
  • Numerous community informational seminars about total joint replacement and arthritis in Boulder, CO, and surrounding areas


Dr. Rector lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his family. He stays active with competitive trap shooting, biking, skiing, fly fishing, and playing softball.

“At age 80 I knew it would not be too many more years before I would become a senior citizen. Wanting to stay active biking, skiing, playing tennis and hiking I had to have both knees replaced. It was recommended that continuing to ride my bike would definitely help in my recovery. Always heeding Dr. Rector's advice I rode every day I could. Knees worked great but riding created great pain in my right arthritic shoulder. Dr. Folkerson replaced the shoulder and riding was then pain-free. All this time I was aiming to be prepared to ride back to attend my 60th college class reunion in Tiffin Ohio. After 1350 miles, I accomplished my goal. At present, I only have one problem. I asked Dr. Rector how many miles my knees were good for and he said they were good for 10,000 miles of riding. I have now exceeded the 10,000 miles and I am not sure what is going to happen.I will report back if they fail anytime soon as I am still riding. One last question I did ask was if there was any problem skiing. His response was no problem but advised me to stay out of the moguls and don't fall. I can report now that was good advice but unfortunately, I was not able to avoid either. After a violent crash in the moguls and being ejected from my skies my knees and shoulder came out in great condition.However, it did not keep me away from my favorite orthopedic center as Dr. Masters is treating my broken wrist. Prevents me from biking so my knees should last a little longer.”
– Burt D.
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