Dr. Whitney James, MD

Dr. Whitney James, MD

Neurosurgery  ·  
Dr. Whitney James, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Tucson, AZ and has been practicing for 6 years. She graduated from Yale Univ Sch Of Med in 2012 and specializes in neurosurgery.Read her story

3838 N Campbell Ave

Tucson, AZ 85719

Contact Information

(520) 694-8888

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Dr. James' bio

This content was provided by Dr. James "Dr. James grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona where she attended high school at Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy, completing her classical ballet training in the Royal Academy of Dance. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine where she completed an advanced neuroscience research thesis on the neural circuitry of nicotine addiction in rats. While in college, she worked in an electrophysiology lab at the University of Arizona, studying visually stimulated emotions in the amygdalae of rhesus monkeys. After completing her undergraduate education, she was awarded an NIH Post-Baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award Fellowship to study the neuroanatomy of motivation and reward. While at NIH, she identified the presence and mapped the circuitry of glutamatergic neurons in the ventral tegmental area of the rat brain. Upon completion of her research fellowship, she obtained a Masters of Health Science in Health Policy with a Concentration in Health and Human Rights from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, conducting her Master's research thesis in international health policy as a Fulbright Scholar in Bogota, Colombia. She attended medical school at Yale University where she served as Class President, Yale Chapter President of the American Medical Student Association, President of the Student Interest Group in Neurology and Neurosurgery, Editor for the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, & Ethics, and conducted her medical school thesis research on nanoparticle drug delivery to glioblastoma tumor cells in the rat brain. Dr. James finds great joy in teaching and mentoring the next generation of medical students and neurosurgery residents. Her current research pursuits include investigating the role of immunomodulation in the treatment of glioblastoma multiforme brain tumors, studying clinical outcomes in stroke, and conducting clinical outcomes studies with the aim of improving care systems in the neurosurgical operating room and ICU."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. James "I strive to ease suffering and bring joy to patients with brain and spine pathologies. I believe in a holistic approach to healthcare that begins with active listening to patients' life and medical stories, their values and their healthcare goals. With spinal pathologies, I emphasize surgery as a last resort, after attempting to treat with therapies such as physical therapy, yoga therapy, fascial release, acupuncture, acupressure, massage, heat therapy, pool therapy and other forms of pain management. With brain pathologies, I emphasize patient education about their condition and state-of-the-art evidence-based treatment options. If surgery is required, I strive to provide only the highest quality preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative care. My patients are patients for life, and I do my best to ensure their physical, mental and spiritual well-being always."
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1  Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

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25  Conditions Treated

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  • Yale Univ Sch Of Med
    Medical School | Graduated 2012

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Languages Spoken

  • French
  • Spanish
  • English

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