James P. Flanagan, M.D.

Locations of Practice:

Ankle, Elbow, Foot, Hip, Joint Replacement, Knee, Shoulder, and Sports Medicine Specialist

Dr. James P. Flanagan is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in all aspects of orthopedics, including treating injuries and conditions of the ankle, elbow, foot, hip, knee, and shoulder. He also specializes in joint replacement and sports-related injuries.

After graduating with his undergraduate degree from Youngstown State University in Ohio, Dr. Flanagan earned his medical degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas. He remained at the same institution and completed his transitional internship and orthopedic surgery residency before joining Cape Fear Orthopedics in 1997.

Outside of his clinical duties, Dr. Flanagan serves at the chief of orthopedic surgery at Cape Fear Valley Health System. He is also a preceptor for the Duke Medical School Residency Program and an associate profressor for the Physician Assistant Program at Methodist University.

As an avid golfer, Dr. Flanagan enjoys playing on the many courses of Fayetteville when he's not seeing patients.


Youngstown University, Youngstown, OH

Medical Degree

University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX


Orthopedic Surgery, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX


Board-Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • North Carolina Medical Society
  • Cumberland County Medical Society
  • Alamo Orthopaedic Society

Staff Appointments

  • Chief of Orthopedic Surgery, Cape Fear Valley Health System
  • Preceptor, Duke Medical School Residency Program
  • Associate Professor, Physician Assistant Program, Methodist University

"While I was filming the hit summer Discovery Channel TV series, "Naked & Afraid: Terror in Tanzania", I reinjured an old Army shoulder injury I had. I was surviving out there for twenty-one days with nothing more than a knife and a partner to aid me. No supplies, no support, no clothes. It was one of the hardest things I had ever attempted to date. Well while I was out there, an old injury to my left shoulder resurfaced. While batoning a tree to make wooden shoes for my partner and I, to make our life a little better, my shoulder started to burn deep inside very badly. We were only halfway through our adventure and I knew that this was going to make it that much tougher. But I made it the twenty-one days and hung tough. When I got back, I immediately saw my doctor, Dr. Gary Garison. He ordered an MRI and quickly recommended me to see the orthopedic doctors of Cape Fear Orthopedics. I found the staff warm, friendly, and very professional. My doctor, Dr. Flanagan, really gave me the comfort and reassurances that I needed to get through my injury. He showed real concern for me as a patient. If I had a question, he fully explained it and answered it to my satisfaction. He always double-checked to make sure I understood what he said or recommended. I also found the physical therapy staff top notch. It didn't matter who worked with me each visit. I felt as if that staff member and I had been working together forever. I absolutely love Cape Fear Orthopedics and I highly recommend them to anyone who needs any orthopedic medical needs. Thanks Cape Fear Orthopedics for everything and helping me get back to my Survival Adventures!"-- EJ S.

"I experienced non-localized pain in my left leg about three years ago, which progressively got worse to the degree that I could not carry out my usual physical activities. My son, a physician, recommended Dr. James P. Flanagan. "I was diagnosed with scoliosis and was treated by Dr. Flanagan (and his entire staff: nurses, office staff and physical therapist} in an extremely professional way. I was impressed with their knowledge, their efficiency, and their friendliness. I was also impressed with the clean, upscale technology, and beautiful facility. Having followed their instructions, I am very, very much improved and satisfied with their care." --Claretta D.

"After a nasty fall and damaging a few ligaments in my knee, I was treated by Dr. Flanagan. His knowledge and confidence turned a scary situation into a very peaceful treatment. I had surgery to reconstruct my ACL and my lateral meniscus repaired. It was done at the Fayetteville Ambulatory Surgical Center and the staff there were nice, friendly, and very caring. I am recuperating as we speak and so far, so good. I am glad that I entrusted Cape Fear Orthopedics for my care." -- Melanie C.

"I came in after a nasty fall where my knee was dislocated out of the socket. After an MRI, it was discovered that I had torn a few ligaments in my knee and would need surgery to reconstruct my ACL. I felt very comfortable with Dr. Flanagan and he seemed very knowledgeable and confident. That eased my anxiety! I had surgery yesterday at the Fayetteville Ambulatory Surgical Center and they were the best staff ever!! So far so good! I am recuperating as we speak and am so glad that I chose Cape Fear Orthopedics for my care." -- Melanie C.

"I fell off a ladder outdoors trying to get my cat down out of a tree. Wrong move I KNOW. I was referred to Dr. Flanagan. Everyone at Cape Fear Orthopedics was simply kind and wonderful to me every time I went. They made my experience hopeful and made me feel like I was part of the process. After several casts and a boot, I was released. I still have a stiff foot, but I’m improving every day. I appreciate their care. Thank you everyone." -- Carol L.

"Dr. Flanagan and the staff at Cape Fear Orthopedics are great so I want to thank you all so much." -- Bernard B.

"Very good consultation. Excellent advice and methods of treatment. Totally at ease during my exam and consultation." -- Annie N.

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