As a Southern California native, Dr. Spencer grew up enjoying the active outdoor lifestyle that many of us enjoy. His passion for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine arose from his experiences while surfing at the local beaches, playing ice hockey around San Diego, and snowboarding, hiking, and fishing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. While his injuries are what introduced him to the field of Orthopaedics, his passion and dedication for treating others with similar injuries grew throughout his years of medical training.

Education/ Orthopaedic Research

Dr. Spencer’s commitment to excellence in Orthopaedics began at San Diego State University, where he earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Cell and Molecular Biology while also conducting Sports Medicine research in the biomechanics of baseball and golf swings. He then attended the prestigious Georgetown University where he was selected into the accelerated Master’s of Science program in Physiology and Biophysics. After graduating from Georgetown, Dr. Spencer went on to receive his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from Midwestern University’s Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. While at Midwestern, he continued pursuing his passion for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine research by evaluating advanced techniques in rotator cuff repair as well as testing cutting edge joint replacement technologies.

Following medical school, Dr. Spencer completed his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency training at the Robert Wood Johnson / Barnabas Health Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, NJ. Throughout his residency training, Dr. Spencer refined his surgical skills through thousands of surgical procedures, published articles and book chapters in the areas of Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Trauma, as well as gave numerous lectures and presentations locally and regionally. Dr. Spencer’s commitment to excellence in Orthopaedics, his compassion for the community, and his dedication for the advancement of Orthopaedic education earned him the role of Chief Resident.

After residency, he completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the renowned 3B Orthopaedic Institute in Philadelphia, PA, while continuing to publish research with experts in the field. Throughout fellowship, Dr. Spencer mastered numerous advanced surgical techniques while caring for elite level athletes ranging from high school to the professional level. He also served as a Team Physician for West Chester University, where he worked alongside fellow Physicians, Athletic Trainers and students while taking care of college athletes in football, baseball, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, track and field, gymnastics, tennis, and rugby.


Dr. Spencer believes in a patient first approach, where your time, your concerns, and your overall experience is his top priority as he creates a patient-specific treatment plan personalized to your unique condition. He is committed to providing excellent care for you and your family with the goal of returning you to a higher quality of life.

Professional Organizations

Dr. Spencer is an active member with the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and the American Osteopathic Association of Orthopedics.

Areas of specialization

Dr. Spencer is an expert in the areas of Arthroscopy, Sports Medicine, Joint Preservation, and Minimally Invasive Surgery for the shoulder, and knee, including partial and total knee replacement as well as shoulder replacement surgery. He is also experienced in sports related injuries and fracture care. Dr. Spencer combines his expertise with the latest technology and techniques in non-operative and operative management to create a personalized treatment plan for each patient.


Now in the Coachella Valley practice, treating ailing joints is the personal mission of Dr. Jacob A. Spencer. He provides a tailored approach to enhance recovery, from non-surgical treatments like physical therapy and biologics (stem cells and PRP), to surgery, including customized knee replacements and minimally invasive hip replacement.

  • Arthroscopic Knee and Shoulder Surgery
  • Joint Replacement Surgery
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
  • Stem Cell Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Recovery Plan

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