The Tree of Andry -
Symbol of Orthopaedics
since the early 1700’s

The word Orthopaedia was originally used to mean the art of correcting and preventing deformities in children.

The analogy of the crooked tree tied to a strong post reflects the basis of our specialty: to correct deformities.


The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins would like to extend a warm welcome to our new Department Director, James R. Ficke, M.D.

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Dr. Ficke was Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation at Brooke Army Medical Center, and Orthopaedic Consultant to the Army Surgeon General. He managed many of the lower extremity trauma patients, amputees, and complex foot and ankle patients returning from the combat zone.

He graduated from the United States Military Academy; earned his MD at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences; and completed orthopaedic residency at Tripler, Hawaii. He completed subspecialty training as an AO Trauma Fellow in Munich, Germany, and Foot and Ankle Fellow at Baylor in Dallas, Texas. He ran the Brooke Amputee Service for 6 years before deploying to Iraq.

Dr. Ficke served as Chief Medical Officer for a Combat Support Hospital in Mosul, Iraq in 2005. He recently retired as an Army Colonel after 30 years of military service. He is Board Certified in orthopaedics, and is a member of the American Orthopaedic Association, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, and the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society. He currently serves on the Leadership Development Committee of the American Orthopaedic Association, and the Central Program Committee for the AAOS.

The entire department joins in welcoming Dr. Ficke as the 9th Director of our historic department.

Our Most Recent Testimonial from a Patient

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      "I saw Dr. Srikumaran out of sheer luck- I found him on the web. I fell on a work trip to Baltimore, fully extending my left arm as I hit the pavement. It was intense, but I thought I’d got away with a scraped right palm.
      Not so. I awoke in the wee hours in my hotel with excruciating pain in my left shoulder. I Googled my symptoms, and saw that falls with arms extended are classic ways to tear the rotator cuff, which brings on gradually worsening pain. I knew I had to find out what condition I was in as my shoulder gave me significant pain at the slightest movement.
      This is Baltimore I thought - and Googled Johns Hopkins, Orthopedics. The first office I called had no appointments. My second call was to Dr. Srikumaran’s office, whose receptionist, Stacy, told me they were also full - but she heard my panic and asked Dr. Srikumaran if he could fit me in. He did, though he was leaving town that evening!
      Being completely reliant on strangers while in pain in a strange city is scary. I knew it was rare to be seen by a specialist, out of the blue, hours after calling, in our current medical system. So I was grateful and anxious when I arrived, still in pain. Dr. Srikumaran was so adept and knowledgeable I calmed down right away. Especially after hearing he did not think I had an injury that required immediate surgery. He ordered an X-Ray and MRI, and prescribed pain medication. I got the pills at the nearby pharmacy while Stacy spent a half-hour for me calling facilities where I could get the tests that day. I will never forget how generously she went out of her way.
      Dr. Srikumaran and his staff lived up to their mission of healing when I was far from my own doctors, in terrible pain, facing professional commitments, and reasonably afraid I’d suffered a long-term injury that would worsen without advice on how to proceed. THANK YOU! The universe was with me when I dialed his number. He’s a great doctor with a great office staff. "       Mimi K, Los Angeles


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