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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.

During his practice time in Encinitas, Dr. Hatfield has taken part in a number of professional activities, both locally and nationally. At the local hospital, Scripps Memorial - Encinitas, he was Chairman of the Podiatric Surgery Committee for 14 years. He was also both Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery at the Center For Surgery of Encinitas. He has worked with the American Board of Podiatric Surgery as an oral examiner during the board certification exams for 14 years, as well as the credentialing committee. He is also Past-President of the San Diego Podiatric Medical Society.

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.


  • Samuel Merritt College FKA California College of Podiatric Medicine, DPM, 1975
  • California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco
  • California State PolytechnicUniversity, Pomona
  • California College of Podiatric Medicine, San Francisco D.P.M
  • California College of Podiatric Medicine, San Francisco B.S.
  • U.S. Air Force Hospital Castle AFB

Professional Memberships

  • American Podiatry Association
  • California Podiatry Association
  • San Diego County Podiatry Society
  • American Board of Podiatric Surgery


  • Diplomat, American Board of Podiatric Surgery
  • Diplomat, American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine

Office Hours

Mon8:00am - 5:00pm
Tue8:00am - 5:00pm
Wed8:00am - 5:00pm
Thu8:00am - 7:00pm
Fri8:00am - 5:00pm

Patient Reviews

Overall Rating

I have been meaning to let you know how well I am doing after my toe joint replacement. I am doing yoga and karate again. The physical therapy was helpful. My goal was 45 degrees movement and I got to almost 55 degrees. I want to thank you for helping me. It is nice to be pain free.

Overall Rating

I was referred to Dr. Hatfield by my primary care physician after being seen by another Podiatrist in the medical group.I have to say I was a little fearful of seeing another foot doctor due to my past experience at my PCP office, with ingrown toenails. I must say that I'm very pleased with the staff and with Dr. Hatfield. He had surgerically removed four ingrown areas on 4 toes. My toes were put to sleep and never once did I feel any sticks from the needles.We discussed the procedure that would take place and Dr. Hatfield clearally explained everything before he got started. I'm so impressed with the staff who were very helpful and with Dr. James Hatfield. He is very likeable, informative and caring Physician. I would recommed Dr. Hatfield to others and give them a 10 out of 10 rating. Thank you Dr. Hatfield I look forward to seeing you next week for my follow -up appointments.

* Reviews have been sourced and collected through a mix of verified Doctible patients and other publicly available directories.