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

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James H. Tonsgard, MD

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 Medical School


  • University of Chicago Medicine

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • Midwest Society of Pediatric Research
  • Child Neurology Society
  • Chicago Neurologic Society
  • Chicago Chromatography Discussion Group
  • American Society for Cell Biology
  • American Academy of Neurology
  • Society for the Advancement of Science
  • Society of Human Genetics
  • Society of Pediatric Research
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare
  • Coventry Health Plan PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • Illinicare
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice / Choice Plus
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
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At a Glance

Practicing Since1978

Board Certifications

  • Pediatrics
  • Neurology

Languages Spoken

  • English