James H. Tonsgard, MD

UChicago Faculty Physicians

James H. Tonsgard, MD

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

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

Board Certifications

  • Pediatrics

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Academy of Neurology
  • Child Neurology Society
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Society of Pediatric Research
  • American Society for Cell Biology
  • Midwest Society for Pediatric Research
  • American Society of Human Genetics
  • Chicago Neurological Society
  • Chicago Chromatography Discussion Group

Practicing Since

  • 1978

Languages Spoken

  • English

Medical Education

  • University of New Haven


  • Yale New Haven Hospital


  • University of Chicago Medicine

News & Research

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