James H. Tonsgard, MD

Pediatric Neurology, Neurology | More

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology Director, University of Chicago Ambulatory Program for Neurofibromatosis

UChicago Faculty Physicians hold faculty positions with the University of Chicago and provide care for patients on the academic health system’s main campus in Hyde Park and in care centers throughout the Chicago region.


A pediatric neurologist, James Tonsgard, MD, is an expert in neurofibromatosis (NF), epilepsy and seizures, and neurocutaneous disorders, including tuberous sclerosis. Dr. Tonsgard provides comprehensive care for both children and adults with neurofibromatosis. In addition, Dr. Tonsgard specializes in mental retardation and metabolic brain disease.

Dr. Tonsgard is an active researcher and is studying various biochemical processes that may affect neurological diseases. He conducts clinical research in neurofibromatosis and is one of the principle investigators in a government-sponsored consortium for the development of treatments for NF.

Areas of Expertise

Medical Education

  • Yale University School of Medicine


  • Yale New Haven Hospital


  • University of Chicago Medicine

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • Midwest Society for Pediatric Research
  • Child Neurology Society
  • Chicago Neurological Society
  • Chicago Chromatography Discussion Group
  • American Society for Cell Biology
  • American Academy of Neurology
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Society of Human Genetics
  • Society of Pediatric Research
  • Aetna HMO (specialists only)
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO (specialists only)
  • BCBS HMO (HMOI) (specialists only)
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare *see insurance page
  • Aetna Better Health *see insurance page
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice Plus POS/PPO
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO) (specialists only)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • BCBS Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Choice PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Plus HMO
  • United Choice HMO (specialists only)
  • University of Chicago Health Plan (UCHP)
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At a Glance

Practicing Since1978

Board Certifications

  • Pediatrics
  • Neurology

Languages Spoken

  • English