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Dr. James R. Ringler


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James R. Ringler, M.D.

Orthopaedic Surgery

Office Location:  Muskegon  


Dr. Ringler is one of Michigan’s most experienced orthopaedic trauma surgeons having spent over 15 years caring for patients with fractures and complex injuries. Dr. Ringler received his fellowship in Orthopaedic Trauma from the University of Washington Harborview Medical Center, one of the nation’s most prestigious trauma centers. He specializes in the treatment of pelvic & acetabular fractures, periarticular fractures, and long bone fractures. He also has spent his career concentrating on the treatment of post-traumatic infections and deformity. Dr. Ringler is a member of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association and the American Orthopaedic Association. He has been integrally involved in education, training both medical students and orthopaedic residents in the specialty of orthopaedic trauma.

Professional Profile


  • State of Michigan Medical License
  • State of Arizona Medical License


  • 2000/2001 – University of Washington; Seattle, Washington Harborview Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship Program

Professional Associations

  • American Orthopaedic Association
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Trauma Association
  • Mid American Orthopaedic Association
  • American Medical Society
  • Michigan Orthopaedic Association
  • Kent County Medical Society


Google 5-star

Dr. Ringler and his team gave me a new knee 6 weeks ago. He did a great job! At my follow-up visits he has encouraged me with cheer and humor, assuring me that my recovery is on track. I would strongly recommend Dr. Ringler for any knee surgery! — Nance B.

Google 5-star

Dr. Ringler and his team were awesome. Fastest recovery ever and 6 weeks out no longer as much pain as before. Dr. Ringler has been wonderful, kind, courteous, friendly, and gives you all the options to make a decision based on your goals. I will have my other knee done when it's time and I will without a doubt use Dr. Ringler and his team. Thank you Dr. Ringler for a job well done. — Maria S.

Google 5-star

I've been coming to Orthopaedic Associates of Muskegon for several years. Their service has been excellent. Due to my auto accident injuries and my feet arch issues, OAM has been taking care of me. Like for example, I've had surgery, total left hip replacement, February 2023; and James R. Ringler M.D. (my surgeon) and his team have done a great job. I thank you. — J Michael D.

Google 5-star

Dr. Ringler did a knee replacement on my left knee and I am very happy with the job he did. — David H.

Google 5-star

Great experience. Dr. Ringler spent serious time with me, answering copious questions. We got right in, and through going here and there for tests, answering medical questions, and filling in my history, I was treated courteously and promptly. I'm getting a knee replacement, and feel confident in my choice of surgeon. — Nance B.

Google 5-star

I'm very grateful and I appreciate Dr. Ringler. He did an excellent job on my knee. I will highly recommend him. He answered all my questions and that took away all my fears. If you are having knee problems please go see him — you won't regret it. — Vicki G.

Google 5-star

Great bedside manner. Very outgoing and friendly. Kept me and my family informed and updated. Great experience. — Rebecca A.

Google 5-star

I love Dr. Ringler! He not only saved my life and my leg, but he has given me quality of life! I can't thank him enough! Your office staff and medical professionals have been awesome as well. Hoping once the right knee is replaced I will be as well or even better! Thank you so much !!! — Theresa S.

Google 5-star

I appreciate that Dr. Ringler is honest with me about my knee osteoporosis and particularly pleased that he respects my decision not to have knee surgery. — Irmgard C.

Google 5-star

Dr. Ringler is very good at what he does. He is my bone doctor and I trust him with everything. He is the best doctor l have ever had for bone surgery. He knows what he is talking about. He has done surgery on my leg and hip and I trust everything he says. Thank you. — James L.

Google 5-star

Dr. Ringler has operated on my husband and l would say he was fabulous. He explained everything. The office runs smoothly also. We trust him implicitly. — Laura Lee D.

Google 5-star

Dr. Ringler is the greatest orthopedic surgeon I have had. He and his staff are very polite, professional, and caring. He fixed my broken elbow in 2017, and replaced my right hip recently, both from falls on ice. If I knew he did such a wonderful job on hips, I would have done it years ago! He has changed my life drastically! I can't wait to go camping this summer with my son and actually walk to the beach. — Jill N.