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With providers practicing in 50 specialties at 13 convenient locations, it’s easy to find the right healthcare team at Carle.

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Medical Services

Carle Foundation Hospital

Based in Urbana, Ill., the Carle Foundation Hospital is a 413-bed regional care hospital that has achieved Magnet® designation. It is the area's only Level 1 Trauma Center.

611 W. Park St, Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 383-3311

Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center

Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center is comprised of a 24-bed critical access hospital and medical clinic based in Hoopeston, Illinois.

701 E. Orange St, Hoopeston, IL 60942
(217) 283-5531

Carle Richland Memorial Hospital

Located in Olney, Ill., Carle Richland Memorial Hospital is a 104-bed hospital with nearly 600 employees serving portions of eight counties in southeastern Illinois.

800 E. Locust St, Olney, IL 62450
(618) 395-2131

Convenient Care vs. ED

Carle Convenient Care and Convenient Care Plus offer same-day treatment for minor illnesses and injuries through walk-in appointments.

Not sure where to go? Click here for a list of conditions appropriate for the emergency department

*These locations are Convenient Care Plus locations.

Philanthropy

Philanthropy gives hope to patients and helps take health care in our community to a whole new level.

James J Harms, MD

Spine Surgery
,
Spine
,
Neurosciences

4.7 out of 5 (112 Ratings, 20 Comments)4.7112

Why do some of our providers not have a star rating? This can be for several reasons, including:

  1. The provider has not yet received the minimum number of patient satisfaction surveys to be eligible for display.
  2. The provider practices in a specialty or office that does not use the specified surveys currently used for these ratings.

Profile

Joined Carle: 1980

Contact

Neuroscience Institute (primary)
610 N. Lincoln Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 383-6555 (217) 383-6555

Medical Interests

  • Cervical, thoracic and lumbar problems of the spine
  • Degenerative spinal conditions
  • Infections of the spine
  • Spinal fractures
  • Tumors of the spine

Medical Training

Fellowship

  • Spine Surgery, Presbyterian-St. Luke's Hospital, Shriner's Hospital, University of Illinois Hospital, Chicago, IL, 1980

Residency

  • Orthopedic Surgery, University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL

Internship

  • University of Illinois Hospital, Chicago, IL, 1975

Qualifications

Education

  • MD, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, IL, 1974
  • BS, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, 1970

Professional Societies

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • Central Illinois Orthopaedic Society
  • Illinois Orthopaedic Society
  • North American Spine Society

10/03/2019

I'm a medical professional myself and this physician is one of the best communicators and most professional I deal with.

10/03/2019

I understand that older doctors don't feel the need to actually touch their patience, but for back and hip problems, I think a little investigating is called for!

09/19/2019

Dr Harms was very informative and gave me 3 option to discuss with my primary alnog with his recommendation I get a MRI of my back as the current one was quite old.


While Carle measures many aspects of our patients’ experience, only the survey questions specific to each provider are used to calculate their star rating. The surveys asks patients to evaluate their physicians in areas like communication, listening skills and respect. Results are used to evaluate patients’ overall perception of care and to identify areas for improvement. For each provider, ratings from their patients are averaged together to form a single star rating.

10/03/2019

I'm a medical professional myself and this physician is one of the best communicators and most professional I deal with.

10/03/2019

I understand that older doctors don't feel the need to actually touch their patience, but for back and hip problems, I think a little investigating is called for!

09/19/2019

Dr Harms was very informative and gave me 3 option to discuss with my primary alnog with his recommendation I get a MRI of my back as the current one was quite old.

08/29/2019

The doctor suggested that I have a spinal injection, which I thought was necessary for pain control, but they could not schedule it for 6 weeks, which I thought was not good.

08/28/2019

The doctor was wonderful and the Star Trek room motif added to the great experience for my child. Thank you. Bye.

08/08/2019

Everyone was very nice

08/06/2019

Registration, nurse and physician were all excellent. I have never had a bad experience at this facility and would recommend to others.

07/25/2019

The Doctor did exactly what I came in for What a great experience. I was impressed with his knowledge and ability to help me better understand it.

07/08/2019

Professional and courteous

07/01/2019

This experience stood in stark contrast with my last visit. The doctor was attentive and in good humor which made the visit very pleasant.

06/26/2019

Smart, and quick the Dr was.felt he knew what he was doing to get me fixed.

05/01/2019

My doctor today was extremely thorough and informative. [...]

04/29/2019

Dr. Harms and his MOA have been nothing but kind, caring and professional. So thankful for them!

04/24/2019

Everyone was very nice and professional.

04/17/2019

It's a terrible joke that I came in the back issues, to get an injection. Insurance requires you to wait two weeks. And thus, it was another two weeks before I could get in to get a shot in my spine. So in other words I have to suffer for one month due to lousy insurance issues.

04/17/2019

A great health resource

03/07/2019

I did not finish all of my paperwork right before the interview - the nurse said she would help me finish it up, she never did. So the doctor did not get all my medications and all my answers.

02/27/2019

Yeah, excellent. No. No, that's one of them deals. That is all Robo stuff saying

02/21/2019

Dr. Harms saw my daughter, [...], for back pain. I thought he was extremely professional. He explained things very well, and we left the visit feeling very confident that she can be helped.

01/29/2019

Well it felt like finally somebody is trying to help my problem it has been a long road trying to get this resolved I guess a person gets impatient when they are having so much pain and you cannot relate that to your family doctor I hope this procedure will help me greatly I'm looking forward to it to get this over with thank you very much [...]