50473-James, Robert

Robert F. James, MD

Professor of Neurological Surgery

355 W. 16th St.
Goodman Hall, Suite 500

Indianapolis, IN 46204


Dr. Robert F. James joined the Indiana University Department of Neurological Surgery in June 2020. He serves as tenured Professor of Neurological Surgery and Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, and also directs the CAST-accredited vascular/endovascular fellowships. He is currently working closely with Bradley Bohnstedt, MD, Chief of the Neurovascular Division of the Department of Neurological Surgery, to continue to build on multidisciplinary clinical care, educational, and research efforts.


Prior to his tenure at IU, James was faculty at University of Louisville where he was Chief of Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery for the Department of Neurosurgery and Chief of Neurosurgery at the University Hospital. James has 12 years of practice experience in open and endovascular neurosurgery. He trained at Tulane University School of Medicine, and completed his residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He then completed a 2-year fellowship in Open Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 

James has an established international presence in the field, with 43 peer-reviewed publications, 47 national/international presentations, 22 local/regional presentations, and is a well-known educator and proctor for neuroendovascular courses. 

Titles & Appointments

  • Professor of Neurological Surgery
  • Education
    2001 MD Tulane University
    1995 BS West Chester University of Pennsylvania
  • Research
    Dr. James is the Primary Principal Investigator and sponsor for a multi-institutional, phase II, randomized controlled trial: Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Trial Randomizing Heparin (ASTROH).

    ASTROH aims to determine whether a continuous 14-day, low-dose intravenous infusion of heparin is safe and effective for controlling neuroinflammation and improving outcomes for patients with ruptured brain aneurysms. James launched ASTROH during his time at University of Louisville and continues his leadership of the trial now as IU faculty.

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