About Me

I’m an otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon with many clinical and research interests, including head oncology, swallowing disorders, salivary gland disorders, sialendoscopy, endoscopic sinus surgery, and endoscopic and open skull base surgery. I am a member of The Ohio State University’s Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, which I joined in 2011 as a tenured professor, as well as director of the Comprehensive Skull Base Surgery Program and 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 to 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

  • Melanoma
  • Otolaryngology
  • Oropharyngeal Cancers
  • Mouth Cancers
  • Lip Cancers
  • Skin Cancers
  • Laryngeal 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

Medical School

University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, San Juan,
8/8/1977 - 6/5/1981


San Juan VA Hospital, San Juan, PR

7/1/1981 - 6/30/1982


University Hospital, San Juan, PR

7/1/1982 - 6/30/1984


University Hospital, San Juan, PR

7/1/1984 - 6/30/1987


Eye and Ear Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

7/1/1989 - 6/30/1990

Board Certification

American Board of Otolaryngology

Academic Information

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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.

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258 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 Aug 20, 2020

    Dr. Carrau's team members are all A+++.

  • Reviewed on Jul 02, 2020

    Always sensitive to be quick about tasks to reduce waiting time while also spending considerable amount of time to address needs as needed. Always friendly, personal & pleasant.

  • Reviewed on Jun 17, 2020

    Dr. Carrau has been such a blessing. I really appreciate his knowledge and care.

  • Reviewed on Jun 16, 2020

    Great doctor.

  • Reviewed on Jun 02, 2020

    I really like my dr. Dr. Carrau.

  • Reviewed on Apr 21, 2020

    Dr. Carrau very easy to understand. Explanatory about entire procedure. Nice, caring doctor.

  • Reviewed on Apr 09, 2020

    Dr. Carrau is excellent - very knowledgeable - caring - open to questions - even sharing his own phone number w. me in case I have ques.

  • Reviewed on Mar 31, 2020

    Couldn't ask for anyone better. Very professional and courteous.

  • Reviewed on Mar 27, 2020

    Dr. Carrau explained everything in detail and when we didn't understand something be explained it again by breaking it down.

  • Reviewed on Mar 12, 2020

    Dr. Carrau the best

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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.