Meet Dr. Hamilton

Serving the Bemidji and the greater Northern Minnesota area as your orthopedic specialist is a true privilege and joy.  In my practice, I have performed more than 2,500 surgeries; but regardless if the surgery is large or small, I always remember that the day of surgery is one of the most important days in my patient's life.  I care deeply for the wellbeing of each and everyone who has entrusted me as their orthopedic surgeon.  As such, I am pleased to announce Hamilton Bone and Joint Clinic.

A private practice orthopedic clinic has been a goal of mine since before I started medical school.  Now that this is a reality, I am thrilled to share this clinic with my patients and those who have yet to become patients.  At Hamilton Bone and Joint Clinic, we strive to incorporate proven technology and advancements in the field of orthopedics, respect your time and dignity, and put your best interests before anything else.

Affiliations and Certifications 

Publications and Presentations

  • Crosby LA, Hamilton JA, Twiss T. Scapula Fractures After Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty: Classification and Treatment. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 469(9): 2544-9, Sep. 2011.
  • Hamilton JA, Crosby LA. Scapula Fractures Following Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty: Classification and Treatment. Podium Presentation, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery Annual Meeting, 168, New Orleans, LA, March 10-12, 2010.
  • Crosby LA, Hamilton JA. Scapula Fractures in Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty. Podium Presentation, Mid-America Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting, 157, Amelia Island, FL, April 22-26, 2009.

Education and Training

  • Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton, OH
    Orthopaedic Surgery Residency
    07/2006 – 06/2011
  • Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, NE
  • 08/2002 – 05/2006
    M.D., 05/2006
  • Macalester College, St. Paul, MN
    08/1999 – 05/2002
    B.S. Biology Cum Laude, 05/2002
  • Boston University, Boston, MA
    08/1998 – 05/1999

Professional Positions

  • Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hamilton Bone and Joint Clinic, Bemidji, MN
    12/2017 – present
  • Orthopaedic Surgeon, Sanford Health, Bemidji, MN
    10/2012 – 12/2017
  • Orthopaedic Surgeon, Lake Region Healthcare, Fergus Falls, MN
    08/2011 – 09/2012

Current Scope of Practice

  • Broad scope of hip, knee, and shoulder arthroplasty, including reverse total shoulders and most revisions
  • Broad scope of trauma
  • Broad scope of shoulder and knee arthroscopy
  • Common hand and foot and ankle procedures
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