James P. Alex, MD

James P. Alex, MD

  • Specialty

    Sports Medicine
    Non-surgical Orthopedics
    Regenerative Medicine

  • Location


  • Fellowship

    Maine Medical Center Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, Portland, ME (2018)

  • Residency

    Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program, Portland, ME (2017)

  • Medical School

    University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT (2014)


Dr. James Alex is a fellowship-trained sports medicine specialist who focuses exclusively on non-surgical methods, for patients of all ages. Whether he’s helping a patient return to competitive sports, work capacity, or recreational activities, Dr. Alex’s goal is to maximize your physical abilities.

His non-invasive treatment methods may include regenerative therapies – using the body’s own cells to manage arthritis or partial tears of tendons and ligaments. These injection-based techniques amplify the body’s normal wound healing capacity in targeted tissues to both reduce pain and improve function. They can be used to replace traditional injection therapies such as cortisone, which are less likely to be curative, or to complement initial surgical management. If a surgical solution is needed, Dr. Alex will refer to, and coordinate with, his surgical colleagues at OPA.

Dr. Alex has always been involved in athletics, from high school track through more recent pursuits in mountaineering including summiting Denali in 2022. He was inspired to pursue a career in sports medicine when working with the team physicians for the University of Connecticut basketball and football teams. Their comprehensive management of orthopedic conditions in everyone from centenarians to division one college athletes aligned with both his personal and medical interests.

Over the years, he’s published and presented on numerous sports medicine topics including altitude illness and a collaboration with NASA to validate the use of ultrasound in monitoring changes in the muscles around the knee. He has served as a physician at countless athletic events, from the Boston Marathon to the Lake Placid Ironman to the Lancer Smith Memorial Wrestling Tournament. Outside of his official duties, he enjoys mountaineering, flying planes, snowboarding, hunting, fishing and fixing up non-human entities, too, like his diesel Jeep.

  • Sample Procedures
    • Regenerative therapies: PRP (platelet rich plasma) and stem cell
    • Traditional injection therapies (e.g., cortisone and hyaluronic acid)
    • Carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel nerve injections
    • Diagnostic ultrasound evaluations
  • Professional Memberships

    American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
    August 2013-Present

    American College of Sports Medicine
    August 2013-Present

    American Academy of Family Physicians
    June 2013-Present

  • Undergraduate Degree

    Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences, Summa Cum Laude, from University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT (2009)


The OPA team includes Alaska’s leading specialists and offers some of the latest, most advanced treatment procedures available today.

OPA treats a wide variety of conditions and offers comprehensive treatment options — including many non-surgical solutions, minimally invasive arthroscopies (repairs), and total joint replacement.

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