Dr. James Hatfield is a native Southern Californian. He grew up on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, south of Los Angeles. He attended California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, receiving his bachelor's degree in physical sciences.

This was followed by the podiatric medical school at the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco and three years in the U.S. Air Force, where he completed his residency in podiatric surgery.

Dr. Hatfield established his practice in Encinitas in 1978. He was the first podiatrist on the staff of a Scripps Hospital. Dr. Hatfield and his wife, Sandy, have been very active with the Scripps Hospital in Encinitas. Dr. Hatfield was Chief of Podiatric Surgery from 1985 through 1998. Sandy was Chairperson of the Annual Benefit to raise funds for the hospital expansion and also served on the fund-raising committee. Sandy works in the office with her husband, seeking to assist in the service to their patients.

Dr. Hatfield was also active as the physician advisor for the People for a Clean Ocean. This is a group of citizens concerned about maintaining the quality of ocean water.

Dr. and Mrs. Hatfield have two sons and reside in the Olivenhain area.


Degree Discipline Institution Year
B.S. Physical Sciences California State PolytechnicUniversity, Pomona 1971
B.S. Medical Sciences California College of Podiatric Medicine, San Francisco 1973
D.P.M. Podiatric Medicine California College of Podiatric Medicine, San Francisco 1975
Residency in Podiatric Surgery U.S. Air Force Hospital Castle AFB 1976-77
Diplomat, American Board of Podiatric Surgery Board Certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery 1981-
Diplomat, American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine Board Certified in Podiatric Orthopedics 1998-
Fellow: American College of Foot Orthopedics and Medicine 1977-
Fellow: American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons 1982-
Scripps Memorial Hospital, Encinitas, California - Surgical Staff, Active 1978-
HealthSouth Center for Surgery of Encinitas - Surgical Staff, Active 1989-
American Podiatry Association 1975-
California Podiatry Association 1978-
San Diego County Podiatry Society 1978-
   - Secretary 1980-81
   - Treasurer 1981-82
   - President 1982-83
American Board of Podiatric Surgery
   - Credentials Committee, Examination Committee 1985-00
Scripps Memorial Hospital, Encinitas
   - Surgical Supervisory Committee 1984-96
   - Chief, Podiatric Section 1984-96
Center for Surgery of Encinitas
Executive Committee, Credentials Committee  1989-00
   - Vice Chief of Staff  1991-92
   - Chief of Staff  1992-93
   - Chief of Surgery  1993-99


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