James Lee Pace, MD $$

Orthopedic Sports Medicine Surgeon

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Lee Pace, M.D., is an orthopedic surgeon at Children’s Health℠ Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. He specializes in minimally invasive procedures as well as complex reconstructive surgery for orthopedic and sports injuries. He is the only surgeon in Texas who performs the trochleoplasty procedure, which involves reshaping an abnormal trochlea for patients with patellar instability. Dr. Pace currently serves a national clientele who seek out this procedure.

In addition to his patellofemoral interests, Dr. Pace performs other unique surgical procedures such as meniscus transplantation, complex ligament and cartilage reconstruction as well as surgical and non-surgical treatment for a broad scope of knee, hip and other sports-related issues.

Dr. Pace is the fellowship director for the Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship at Children’s Health Andrews Institute. His current research interests include trochlear dysplasia and clinical outcomes of various surgical procedures. Dr. Pace is the recipient of numerous awards, including Super Doctor, Rising Star and Top Doctor recognition with 50+ scientific publications and 200+ scientific presentations and invited lectures. He is a member of multiple professional national and international societies and is a founding member and steering committee chair for the MEniscus Replacement, Conservation and REpair (MERCuRE, pronounced “Mercury”) Study Group.

During his free time, Dr. Pace enjoys spending time with his wife and children. They enjoy getting outdoors, skiing/snowboarding, traveling to national parks and seeing how many birthday parties and soccer games they can attend in a single weekend.

Education and Training

Medical School
Boston University School of Medicine (2005)
University of Washington (2006), General Surgery
University of Washington (2010), Orthopaedic Surgery
Boston Children's Hospital (2012), Sports Medicine
Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles (2011), Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
Board Certification
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery(Orthopaedic Sports Medic,
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


  • Trochlear dysplasia
  • Knee collateral ligament injuries
  • Cartilage defects
  • Labral tears of the shoulder
  • Patella alta
  • Patellofemoral syndrome
  • Lateral patellar compression syndrome
  • Discoid meniscus
  • Meniscus deficiency
  • Leg malalignment (knee varus or valgus)



  • Trochleoplasty
  • Medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) reconstruction
  • ACL reconstruction and repair
  • Meniscus repair
  • Meniscus transplantation
  • Osteochondral allograft
  • Matrix associated autologous chondrocyte implantation (MACI)
  • Hip labral repair
  • Hip femoral and acetabular osteoplasty
  • Hip labral reconstruction
  • Osteotomy
  • Shoulder stabilization
  • Fracture care


  • Research Interests

    • Dr. Pace's is clinical expertise is extensive and includes treatment of all aspects of sports medicine with a special focus on knee and hip problems.
  • Publications

    • Pace JL. Skiing. In: Solomon R, Solomon J (Eds.) The Micheli Center Manual 1st Ed, 2013. Boston, MA: Children’s Sport Medicine Foundation, 2013, pp. 145-152.
    • Pace JL, Heyworth BE, Kocher MS. ACL Reconstruction in Skeletally Immature Athletes. In: ElAttrache N, Limpisvasti O (Eds.) AAOS Monograph Series: Anterior Cruciate Ligament Surgery: Evolving Concepts. Rosemont, IL: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2013.
    • Pace JL, Hennrikus WL, Kocher MS. Surgical Treatment of Patellar Instability in the Skeletally Immature Athlete. In: West RV, Colvin AC (Eds.) The Patellofemoral Joint in the Athlete. New York, NY: Springer Science + Business Media, 2014, pp. 59-76.
    • Goldstein RY, Pace JL, Skaggs DL. Medial Epicondyle Fracture, Elbow Dislocations and Transphyseal Separations. In: Abzug JM, Kozin SH, Zlotolow DA (Eds.) The Pediatric Upper Extremity. Philadelphia, PA: Springer, 2015.
    • Pace JL, Kocher MS. ACL Reconstruction in Skeletally Immature Patients. In: Skaggs DL, Kocher MS (Eds) Masters Techniques in Orthopedic Surgery: Pediatrics. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2015.
    • Pace JL, Kocher MS. Skeletally Immature ACL Reconstruction. In: Malhotra R, Apsingi S, Eachempati KK, Gautam D (Eds.) Mastering Orthopedic Techniques. Knee Reconstruction. New Dehli, India: Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishing, 2016.
    • Trentacosta N, Pace JL. Shoulder Injuries. In: Martus JE (Ed) Orthpaedic Knowledge Update 5 Pediatrics. Rosemont, IL: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2016.
    • Pace JL, Skaggs DL. Femur fractures in Neonates, Infants and Toddlers. In: Hedequist D, Heyworth BE (Eds.) Pediatric Femur Fractures. Philadelphia, PA: Springer, 2016.
    • Trentacosta N, Pace JL. Shoulder Injuries. In: Martus JE (Ed) Orthpaedic Knowledge Update 6 Pediatrics. Rosemont, IL: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2020.
  • Professional Activities

    • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    • American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine
    • Arthroscopy Association of North America
    • Meniscus Repair, Conservation and Replacement (MERCuRE) Group: Founding member and Steering Committee Chair
    • International Patellofemoral Study Group
    • International Cartilage Repair Society
    • Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine (PRiSM) Society
    • Research in Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Knee (ROCK) Group
    • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
  • Awards and Honors

    • Physical Science Student of the Year Nominee 2000, Southern Utah University.
    • Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Medical Honor Society 2000, Southern Utah University.
    • Pathology Honor Society 2002, Boston University School of Medicine. Awarded to students receiving “Honors” in Pathology course.
    • Alpha Omega Alpha 2005, Boston University School of Medicine.
    • Who’s Who Among Students in America’s Universities and Colleges 2005, Boston University School of Medicine.
    • Christopher G. Gaposchkin, MD Memorial Award 2005, Boston University School of Medicine.
    • Washington State Orthopaedic Association Residency Paper Award, 1st Place.
    • Washington State Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting 2008, Seattle, WA.
    • American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting 3rd Place Poster Award.
    • AOSSM Annual Meeting, 2015, Orlando, FL
    • Pasadena Top Doctor: 2012-2014, 2016
    • Super Doctor: Rising Star, Los Angeles, 2013-2015
    • Hartford Top Doctor: 2017, 2020
    • Best Pediatric Paper, “Delayed Unions and Functional Outcomes of Pediatric Lateral Condyle Humerus Fractures: A Prospective Study”, 34th Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, Orlando FL, October 17-20, 2018.
    • Top Poster: Lateral Patellar Inclination in Children and Adolescents: Modified Measurement to Characterize Patellar Instability
    • Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine Annual Meeting
    • Atlanta, GA Jan 17th-19th, 2019
    • Top Poster: Current Practice Trends in the Surgical Management of Patellofemoral Instability: A Survey of the Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine (PRiSM) Society) Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine Annual Meeting
    • Atlanta, GA Jan 17th-19th, 2019