James Elder

James Elder, MD

  • Neurological Surgery
  • Physician

Professor of Neurological Surgery

Accepting new patients

Insurances We Accept


About Me

I am an associate professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at The Ohio State University and director of Neurosurgical Oncology at the OSUCCC – James. I received my medical degree from Columbia University in 2002 and completed my neurological surgery residency at the University of Southern California in 2009. I also finished a fellowship in neurosurgical oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

My clinical interests include the development of minimally invasive surgical techniques to treat brain tumors, as well as the development of clinical trials to treat brain tumors and neurodegenerative conditions. My research has included creating surgical techniques in animal models that facilitate the delivery of therapeutic agents in glioma and brain metastasis models. I serve as the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on multiple clinical trials focusing on multiple gene therapy, cancer-killing viruses and more. I’ve also been involved in more than 100 peer-reviewed publications related to clinical and translational research.

What I enjoy most about working at The Ohio State University are the endless opportunities for cutting-edge research. Thanks to our collaborative approach with other providers and personalized approach to patient care, we create unique treatment plans for our patients and deliver positive outcomes.
  • Rated in the top 10 percent in the nation in patient satisfaction, 2015-2019
  • Voted by peers to multiple “Best Doctors” formats, 2016 to present
  • Member of Tumor Section Executive Committee for a national neurosurgery organization
  • Named to Castle Connolly's Regional Top Doctors list

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Brain Concussion
  • Uveal Cancers
  • Spine
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Ganglioneuroma
  • Gliomas
  • Astrocytoma
  • Glioblastoma
  • Glioma, Subependymal
  • Oligodendroglioma
  • Ganglioglioma
  • Neurocytoma
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Meningioma
  • Brain Stem Tumor
  • Cerebellar Cancers
  • Spinal Cord Tumors
  • Spine Sarcoma
  • Cervical Vertebrae
  • Headache
  • Paraneoplastic Syndromes, Ocular
  • Brain Cancers
  • Pituitary Tumor

Locations Where I Practice

Please note: Not all physicians schedule patients at each listed location.

Education and Training

Education History

Medical School

Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, New York, NY
9/2/1997 - 5/22/2002


LAC-USC Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
6/1/2002 - 6/30/2003


LAC-USC Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
7/1/2003 - 6/30/2009


Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
7/1/2009 - 6/30/2010

Board Certification

American Board of Neurological Surgery

Academic Information

My Department

Neurological Surgery

My Division

Neurological Surgery

Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the University requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their University responsibilities.

As of 09/30/2022, Dr. Elder has reported relationships with the companies or entities listed below. If you have questions about the relationships listed below, please ask the faculty member. If you have questions about how these relationships are monitored by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, please contact our Compliance Office.

  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Medtronic
  • Xoft

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