About Me

As a clinician, I’m an otolaryngologist – head and neck surgeon with many clinical and research interests, including head oncology, swallowing disorders, salivary gland disorders and sialendoscopy, endoscopic sinus surgery, endoscopic and open skull base surgery and more. I am on the faculty of The Ohio State University’s Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, which I joined in 2011 as a tenured professor, and as the Director of the Comprehensive Skull Base Surgery Program and as the Co-director of the Anatomy Laboratory Toward Visuospatial Innovation in Otolaryngology and Neurosurgery (ALT-VISION), a research and education lab. I was also named to the Castle Connolly list of "America's Top Doctors" from 2014-2019.

In 2014, the OSUCCC – James received a five-year, $11 million Specialized Program of Research Excellence grant from the National Cancer Institute to study thyroid cancer. I am co-leading one of the projects being supported by the grant: a study that attempts to identify biomarkers of damage to salivary glands and find new ways of protecting them from damage they can incur during thyroid cancer treatment.

Being part of OSUCCC – James has been a highlight of my career because it represents the cutting edge of treatment and of research. New technologies help us get to tumors that used to be impossible to reach—especially ones in the skull base. They also allow our multidisciplinary teams to perform minimally invasive surgeries with much faster recovery times.

I have been a doctor for over 35 years and served in the Air Force Reserve for five as a major in the medical corps. I’ve published more than 300 peer-reviewed articles, and edited, co-edited, or co-written more than a dozen medical books. I was raised in Puerto Rico and am bilingual in English and Spanish. I also have conversational skills in Portuguese and speak a little Italian and French.
  • Named to the Castle Connolly list of “America's Top Doctors,” 2014–2019; "American's Top Doctors for Cancer," 2014–2019; "Regional Top Doctors," 2019
  • Rated in the top 10 percent of physicians in the nation for patient satisfaction, 2017, 2018
  • Best Doctor in America, 2017

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Lip Cancers
  • Skin Cancers
  • Laryngeal Cancers
  • Melanoma
  • Otolaryngology
  • Oropharyngeal Cancers
  • Mouth Cancers
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Skull Base Tumors
  • Jaw Cancers
  • Paraganglioma
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Facial Cancers
  • Adenoidectomy
  • Bell Palsy
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Facial Nerve Diseases
  • Facial Paralysis
  • Glomus Tumor
  • Goiter
  • Goiter, Endemic
  • Goiter, Substernal
  • Graves Disease
  • Jaw Diseases
  • Lichen Planus, Oral
  • Lingual Goiter
  • Mandibular Diseases
  • Mandible Tumors
  • Maxillary Diseases
  • Maxillofacial Injuries
  • Mouth Diseases
  • Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 1
  • Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 2a
  • Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 2b
  • Nasal Surgical Procedures
  • Natural Orifice Endoscopic Surgery
  • Neck Dissection
  • Neuroendoscopy
  • Nose Diseases
  • Nose Cancers
  • Parathyroid Cancers
  • Parathyroid Diseases
  • Pharyngeal Diseases
  • Pharyngeal Cancers
  • Pituitary Apoplexy
  • Reconstructive Surgical Procedures
  • Respiratory Tract Diseases
  • Salivary Gland Diseases
  • Thyroid Cancer

Locations Where I Practice

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Education and Training

Education History

Eye and Ear Hospital of Pittsburgh

University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

University Hospital

University Hospital

San Juan VA Hospital

Academic Information

Board Certification

American Board of Otolaryngology

My Department


More About My Work


The overall patient satisfaction rating is an average of all patient responses to the six doctor communication related questions shown below from the Clinician and Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey. For additional information about the patient satisfaction survey, please visit our Patient Satisfaction Survey page.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their view and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.

203 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

  • Overall
    4.8 out of 5
  • Explains Things Clearly
    5 out of 5
  • Listens Carefully
    5 out of 5
  • Gives Understandable Instructions
    5 out of 5
  • Knows My Medical History
    3.8 out of 5
  • Shows Respect
    5 out of 5
  • Time Spent Together
    5 out of 5
  • Reviewed on Dec 17, 2019

    Dr. Carrau listens to you and gives his full attention. I don't feel rushed.

  • Reviewed on Dec 17, 2019

    clear information and relieved nervousment. very helpful

  • Reviewed on Nov 17, 2019

    Dr. Carrau always provides the best care. Informs me of my situation and reviews options and most importantly provides extra time with when needed.

  • Reviewed on Nov 04, 2019

    Dr. Carray and his staff are wonderful.

  • Reviewed on Nov 02, 2019

    D.R Carrau and his nurse Stacy are two of the best, I have the utmost respect and admiration for them both!

  • Reviewed on Oct 17, 2019

    Dr. a different asset to the James.

  • Reviewed on Sep 06, 2019

    Would not trade Dr. Carray for any thing. Fully trust him!

  • Reviewed on Aug 26, 2019

    The (best).

  • Reviewed on Jun 17, 2019

    Dr. Carrau is excellent!

  • Reviewed on Jun 13, 2019

    Dr. Carrau is the most amazing doctor in the universe. He is a genius!

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Consulting and Related Relationships

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As of 11/21/2019, Dr. Carrau has reported no relationships with companies or entities.