James Brorson, MD

Associate Professor
Director, Neurology Medical Student Clerkship Program

Patient Calls: 773-702-6222
Fax: 773-834-5435

Dr. James Brorson is an expert in the evaluation and treatment of stroke, transient ischemic attack, and cerebrovascular disease. He diagnoses and treats patients with common and unusual types of cerebrovascular disease--including atherosclerosis, carotid artery narrowing, cardioembolic stroke, arterial dissection, intracranial aneurysm, cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, vascular malformations, and moyamoya disease.

Working with colleagues in the sections of neurosurgery, vascular surgery, neuroradiology, and cardiology, Dr. Brorson uses an interdisciplinary approach to decision making and planning therapies to prevent stroke, and evaluating emerging treatments for cerebrovascular disease. He currently participates in clinical trials evaluation balloon angioplasty and stenting for carotid artery disease and percutaneous closure of patent foramen ovale (PFO) for stroke prevention.

Dr. Brorson's research efforts focus on understanding the mechanisms of neuronal damage pertinent to stroke, and evaluating the best approaches to effective stroke prevention.

Education & Training
  • Research Fellowship: The University of Chicago Medicine
  • Residency: University of Pennsylvania
  • Internship: The University of Chicago Medicine
  • M.D.: The University of Chicago Medicine
Board Certification
  • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Vascular Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Clinical Interests
  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Neuroprotective treatment in acute stroke
  • Secondary stroke prevention
  • Intracranial arterial occlusive diseases
Research Interests
  • Pathophysiology of reperfusion injury in stroke
  • Neurology Clerkship Director, 2008 to present
  • Medical Biology 307; Clinical Pathophysiology & Therapeutics: Section Coordinator, CNS diseases; lecturer on "Clinical Aspects of Stroke" 1994-present.
  • Medicine MEDC 69500 (Vignettes in Physiology): lecturer on "Pathophysiology of Stroke" 2004-2010.
Society Memberships
  • American Academy of Neurology
  • American Neurological Association
  • The Stroke Council of the American Heart Association
  • The Society for Neuroscience
Selected Publications