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James R. Brorson, MD

Associate Professor of Neurology

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 evaluating 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.

Practice Location

Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Year Started Practice


Board Certifications

Vascular Neurology

Medical School

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine


The University of Chicago Medicine


University of Pennsylvania


American Academy of Neurology
American Neurological Association
The Stroke Council of the American Heart Association

Language Spoken



Office Phone

(773) 702-7215

Office Fax

(773) 834-5435

Office Postal Address

James R. Brorson, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 2030
Chicago, IL 60637

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Learn More About Dr. Brorson

Stock car driver, Jim Cox, was sidelined by a nearly blocked brain artery three years after a stroke. Dr. Brorson worked on the neuroscience team that managed Cox’s care and planned a neurointerventional treatment that opened the artery and allowed Cox to drive his race cars again. Read Jim's story.

Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Brorson's publications through the National Library of Medicine's publication database.