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James Elia, MD

My Locations

Map Marker A WellSpan Family Medicine - Granite Run
264 Granite Run Dr.
Lancaster, PA 17601-6463
(717) 721-8205
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About Me

Why I chose to pursue a career in medicine:

To advise my patients on a lifelong course of health and wellness using some science, sharing some knowledge, using social skills, maybe a little laughter along the way to help you achieve your goals since there is nothing more valuable than good health. I enjoy family medicine because I can get involved at every stage of a person's life, not be restricted to any one area of medicine, like not going to the same restaurant when there are so many other choices. Plus it allows me to engage in some office procedures that otherwise would be referred to a specialist, so it can stay "in the family."


What I want my patients to know about me:

I will try to guide you on your journey towards better health and spend the time with you that you need. I also ask that you be an active partner engaged in improving your own health, as well. My vision is I am an adviser on your life journey. I'm in the passenger seat, while you are the driver. I can perform many minor in-office procedures, such as joint or tendon injections, trigger point injections for muscle spasms, toenail removals, skin biopsies or lesion removals/excisions. I can also counsel you on smoking cessation, weight loss, or any issue that is a stressor for you.


What I do when I'm not seeing patients:

Skiing, bowling, scuba diving, bicycling, golf, kayaking, drawing or painting, home improvement projects, cooking or baking, camping at our Delaware shore site, winemaking, gardening, canning, raising chickens, playing with our cats "Yoda" and "Bandit" or our loving golden lab "Champ." I also keep aquarium fish and a Uromastyx (you'll have to ask me if you don't know what this is). Love spending time with my wife Dana and my four children. I might also be found occasionally in a virtual reality video game to escape whatever else I am supposed to be doing!


Clinical Interests

  • Dietary Counseling
  • Joint Injections
  • Management of Chronic Problems
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Stress & Anxiety Management
  • Weight Reduction

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Family Medicine | Family Medicine

Education & Credentials

  • Medical School: State University of NY at Syracuse
  • Internship Program: Good Samaritan Hospital of PA
  • Residency Program: Good Samaritan Hospital of PA

WellSpan Hospital Affiliations

  • WellSpan Ephrata Hospital

Health Plans Accepted

WellSpan Financial Assistance Program participant

  • Aetna
  • Aetna Better Health
  • Amerihealth Caritas PA
  • Capital Blue Cross
  • Cigna Healthsprings(Formerly Bravo)
  • Cigna/Greatwest
  • EHP Significa
  • Gateway
  • Geisinger
  • Health America
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Humana
  • John Hopkins Health Care
  • PA Medical Assistance
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care
  • South Central Preferred
  • Tower Health PPO
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare Community Plan
  • United Healthcare/ Mamsi
  • UPMC Health Plan
  • Vibra Health Plan



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