James E. Carpenter, MD, MHSA

Harold W. and Helen L. Gehring Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
Sports Medicine
Domino's Farms
24 Frank Lloyd Wright Drive, Lobby A
P.O. Box 391
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
734-930-7400 / 877-877-9333 Toll Free


Dr. Carpenter teaches and practices Orthopaedic Sports Medicine at MedSport. He is a third-generation graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. After medical school, he completed his orthopaedic surgery residency and a research fellowship in biomechanics at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He has developed a special expertise in shoulder injuries and his research in this area has been recognized with the Hughston Award from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and with the Neer Award from the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons. In addition, he was selected to be a Traveling Fellow by both the Mid-America Orthopaedic Association and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. These fellowships have taken him to specialty centers in the USA and Europe to explore new techniques in sports medicine and shoulder surgery. Dr. Carpenter is the U of M Orthopaedic Team Physician, caring for the Football and Ice Hockey Teams among others. He is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon.

Areas of Interest

Shoulder injuries 

Clinical Interests

  • Knee and shoulder injuries
  • Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder replacement surgery
  • Sports medicine

Research Interests

  • Shoulder anatomy
  • Rotator cuff surgery
  • Sports medicine


Medical School or Training

University of Michigan Medical School, 1984


Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital, Orthopaedic Surgery, MA, 1990

Board Certification

Orthopedic Surgery Orthopedic Sports Medicine

Domino's Farms
24 Frank LIoyd Wright Drive, Lobby A
P.O. Box 391
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
734-930-7400 / 877-877-9333 Toll Free