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Not currently accepting patients

James C. Chesnutt, M.D.

Not currently accepting patients

  • Associate Professor of Family Medicine, School of Medicine


  • Sports Medicine

Special focus

  • Concussion Management
  • Fracture Care
  • Promoting Physical Activity and Wellness
  • Running Injuries and other Sports Injuries

Locations and contact

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About me

Dr. Jim Chesnutt is accepting new sports medicine patients. 

Dr. Jim Chesnutt is a board certified specialist in sports medicine and is the medical director of the March Wellness and Fitness Center. 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.

Dr. Chesnutt serves as Co-Director of the Oregon Concussion Awareness and Management Program, Medical Advisor to the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA), and is a member of the Governor's Task Force on Traumatic Brain Injury. He is also on other local and national sports medicine advisory groups.

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 20 years to help youth remain active and healthy 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.

Languages spoken

  • English

Education and training

    • B.S., 1985, Stanford University
    • M.D., 1989, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Residency

    • Family practice residency, USAF Regional Hospital, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, 1992
  • Certifications

    • Family Medicine, 1992 (recertified 1998, 2004, 2014), Sports Medicine, 1997 (recertified 2006)

Memberships and associations:

  • American College of Sports Medicine
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Ratings and reviews

Overall: 4.8 out of 5 (130 Ratings, 58 Reviews)

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