James C. Chesnutt, M.D.

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Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine
Special Interests:
Promoting Physical Activity and Wellness, Concussion Management, Running Injuries and Other Sports Injuries
Accepting Patients:

"We work with athletes and recreationalists of all ages to help keep them in healthy active lifestyles and living life to the fullest. We save lives by saving lifestyles! My goal is to help people meet their goals of staying active and healthy in whatever sport or activity they wish to pursue at work , at play or at home with family."


Dr. Jim Chesnutt is a board certified specialist in Sports Medicine and is the Medical Director of the OHSU Sports Medicine Program. He is a Portland native who has been working at OHSU since 1995. He first worked at OHSU Gabriel Park Family Health Center with a Family Medicine and Sports Medicine practice but now limits his practice to sports medicine.

Dr. Chesnutt is active in community sports medicine programs that support the local schools and other organizations promoting physical activity and healthy lifestyles. He lectures across the state and nationally on running and sports injuries, concussions, sports physicals and healthy eating and exercise. He specializes in treating fractures (broken bones) without surgery and treating other injuries and exercise-related medical problems in patients of all ages. Dr. Chesnutt provides sports injury evaluations, diagnosis and treatments including injections, splints or casts, surgery, rehabilitation and Injury prevention.  His goal is to keep athletes and recreationalists engaged in healthy active lifestyles.

Jim and his wife and their three children are all musicians who are active in sports, outdoor activities and community service.  Jim has volunteered as a coach and team doctor for local schools for more than 15 years and loves to watch his children in sporting events. He plays electric bass and volunteers as a youth leader at his church. He has a unique perspective on the needs of youth, adults and families with active lifestyles.

Dr. Chesnutt discusses Concussion Management


  • Degree:
    B.S., Stanford University, 1985
  • Residency:
    Family Practice Residency, USAF Regional Hospital, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, 1992
  • Certification:
    Family Medicine, 1992 (recertified 1998, 2004) Sports Medicine, 1997 (recertified 2006)

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