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A Team of Leading Prosthetists and Orthotists

Meet MCOP's prosthetics and orthotics specialists

Jamie Vandersea

Upper Extremity (Arm) Prosthetics Specialist

Jamie serves as the Lead upper limb prosthetist for Medical Center Orthotics and Prosthetics. At MCOP, Jamie is focused on providing his patients with advanced upper limb prosthetic care and the latest prosthetic technologies. By acting as the Lead Research Prosthetist role in studies developing technologies in Modular prosthetics and Implantable Myoelectric Sensors, Jamie has been able to actively shape how we utilize prosthetics.

Jamie’s first introduction to the field of orthotics and prosthetics was after completing his certification in Assisting Technology at SUNY Dutchess in Upstate New York. He then advanced to a clinical career when completing his education at New York University, New York City, graduating with a B.S. in Orthotics and Prosthetics in 1990. In the years following, Jamie completed his residency program within The Helen Hayes Hospital located in West Haverstraw, NY.

Jamie has been specializing in complex upper limb prosthetic care for upwards of 25 years. Working within clinics located in both Los Angeles and San Diego, gained a great deal of experience in treating pediatric amputees with various complex conditions. Eventually moving back to the east coast, Jamie took a position working for a company within one of the most prominent U.S. military medical centers in Washington, D.C. Here he specialized in traumatic upper limb rehabilitation – making upper limb prosthetic devices for a variety of amputation levels and uses.

Jamie currently resides in Maryland, and when not in the research lab or providing high functioning prosthetics he enjoys bicycling, gardening, skiing, and spending quality time with his wife and kids.

Professional Associations 

  • Member, American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics (Certified Prosthetist Orthotist)
  • Member, American Academy of Orthotics and Prosthetics 
  • Member, Upper Limb Society

Published Works

  • “Clinical Evaluation of the Revolutionizing Prosthetics Modular Prosthetics Limb System for Upper Extremity Amputees” Kirstin E. Yu, Brittany N. Perry, Courtney W. Moran, Robert S. Armiger, Matthew S. Johannes, Abigail Hawkins, Lauren Stentz, Jamie Vandersea, Jack W. Tso & Paul F. Pasquina; Nature-Scientific Reports, 11, Art 954 Jan 2021 
  • “Novel Approaches to Fitting and Implanting Finger and Nail Prosthetics” Elsheikh, Mogeeb; Horowitz, Max; Vandersea , Jamie ; Giladi, Aviram MD Submitted to: The International Journal of Artificial Organs 
  • “Initial Clinical Evaluation of the Modular Prosthetic Limb” Brianna N. Perry, Courtney W. Moran, Robert S. Arminger, Paul F. Pasquina, Jamie W. Vandersea, and Jack Tso, Font. Neurol. 9:153.doi: 10.3389/fneur.2018.00153 
  • “Prosthetic Considerations for patients with Quadrilateral Limb Loss” James Vandersea, CPO, The O&P Edge October 2016 (nonscientific) 
  • “First-in-Man Demonstration of Fully Implanted Myoelectric Sensors fror Control of an Advanced Electromechanical Arm by Transradial Amputees” Paul F. Pasquina, MD, Melissa Evangelista, MSME, Antonio J. Carvalho, Joseph Lockart, MSME, Sarah Griffin, George Nanon, MD, Patricia McKay, MD, Morten Hansen, PhD, Derek Ipsen, MD, James Vandersea, CPO, Josef Butkus, MS OTR/L, Matthew Miller, MD, Ian Murphy, and David Hanson, JD
  • “Prosthetic Design Considerations for IMES-Controlled Prostheses” James Vandersea, CPO; John Miguelez, CP; Dan Conyers, CPO; Melissa Evalgelista, MS;Paul Pasquina, MD; Joseph Calderon, MS;and Joseph Lockhart, MS. The Academy TODAY, Summer 2015, Vol 11; no. 3
  • “The Effect of Unilateral Versus Bilateral Upper Extremity Prostheses Use for Service Members Walking with Quadrilateral Amputations”, Annemarie E. Orr, Elizabeth M. Nottingham, James W. Vandersea, Kerry S. Quinn, Barri L. Schnall, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center 
  • “Special Considerations for Multiple Limb Amputation”  Paul Pasquina, Matthew Miller, A.J. Carvalho, Michael Corcoran, James Vandersea, Elizabeth Johnson, Yin-Ting Chen;  Curr. Phys. Med. Rehabil. Rep.  (2014) 2:273-289
  • “Prosthetic Advances” Zach T. Harvey, CPO; MAJ Benjamin Potter, MD; James Vandersea, CPO; Erik Wolf, PhD; Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances; Spring 2012 
  • Paper – Zach T. Harvey, CPO; MAJ Benjamin Potter, MD; James Vandersea, CPO; Erik Wolf, PhD; “Prosthetic Advances”, Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances; Spring 2012


  • Poster Presentation (2014) – American Academy of Orthotics and Prosthetics, James Vandersea, CPO; “Clinical Evaluation of Implantable Myoelectric Sensors IMES” 
  • Speaker (2013) – American Academy of Orthotics and Prosthetics, Annual meeting Atlanta, GA- Upper Extremity Society- James Vandersea, CPO; “Upper Limb care in today’s Military”
  • Speaker (2012) – American Academy of Orthotics and Prosthetics, Annual Meeting Atlanta, GA, James Vandersea, CPO “Comparison of Multi-articulating Hands”.
  • Speaker (2012) – Orthopedic Department, WRNMMC, Bethesda, MD James Vandersea, CPO “Overview of upper extremity prosthetics”

Research Support 

  • 2011 to 2015 – IMES- Implantable Electrode Study, Alfred Mann Foundation at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Implanting three transradial patients with IMES electrodes to control three degrees of simultaneous control with a transradial prosthetic device. 
  • 2011 to 2016 – Johns Hopkins-Applied Physics Lab- MPL Prosthetic Limb. transradial, transhumeral and shoulder disarticulation fittings with the DARPA Applied Physics Lab, Modular Prosthetic limb. 

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