Benjamin C Tam, MDShoulder Reconstruction & Joint Replacement

Benjamin C Tam, MD

Dr. Benjamin Tam is a board certified general Orthopaedic Surgeon with subspecialty interest in shoulder reconstruction and joint replacement.

Dr. Tam was born in Newark and raised in Edison, New Jersey. He graduated with general honors from Johns Hopkins University with a bachelor of science in Biomedical Engineering and a concentration in biomechanics. He received his medical degree from New York University and performed orthopaedic biomechanical research at the Hospital for Joint Diseases. He then came to Southern California where he completed a general surgery internship and Orthopaedic surgery residency at UCLA Medical Center.

Dr. Tam is currently the president of Pacific Orthopaedic Associates. He has served as chief of surgery at Alhambra Hospital and chairman of the orthopaedic subsection at San Gabriel Valley Medical Center. Over the years, he has given numerous community lectures on various orthopaedic topics, such as rotator cuff injuries and hip and knee replacement. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a member of the California Orthopaedic Association, Western Orthopaedic Association, and Los Angeles County Medical Association.

With each of his patients, Dr. Tam strives to develop a strong doctor-patient relationship based on mutual respect and trust. He firmly believes the foundation of that relationship begins with patient education. For that reason, he spends the time to educate every patient on his or her orthopaedic condition, including treatment options, rehabilitation, and expected recovery. There are often options to treatment other than surgery. A central tenet in Dr. Tam’s practice philosophy is that a patient’s treatment should be a shared decision-making endeavor, respectful of the patient’s wishes and their cultural sensitivities. Whether or not surgery is being considered, Dr. Tam’s exceptional training and considerable experience enable him to provide the best orthopaedic care for his patients in order to achieve the best possible outcome.

Dr. Tam has a keen interest in all aspects of orthopaedics and treats a wide range of orthopaedic conditions. His practice has evolved over the years and he currently specializes in arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, shoulder reconstruction, anterior hip replacement, and knee replacement.

His personal interests include tennis, physical fitness, cycling, skiing, and snowboarding. He also enjoys spending time and traveling with his wife Irene, who is an internal medicine physician, and his son Lance.

  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeon
  • California Orthopedic Association
  • Western Orthopedic Association
  • American Medical Association
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • North American Spine Society
  • American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Methodist Hospital of Southern California
  • San Gabriel Valley Medical Center
  • Garfield Medical Center
  • Alhambra Hospital Medical Center