James Boggan, M.D.

James E. Boggan, M.D.



Neurological Surgery


  • Professor of Neurological Surgery
  • Acting Chairperson, Department of Neurological Surgery
  • Co-director of the Center for Skull-Base Surgery
  • Co-director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Biophotonics
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Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

4860 Y St., Suite 0100
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Clinic Phone: 916-734-4300
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Clinical Interests

Dr. Boggan heads a specialty team that treats difficult-to-resect tumors of the head, neck and surrounding structures. He also is an expert in pediatric neurosurgery.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Boggan is interested in the innovative use of lasers and other energy sources for treating brain cancers, including photodynamic therapy and neutron-capture therapy for treatment of glioblastomas. His research investigations include retinoic acid receptor expression in primary and metastatic brain tumors, and whether gadolinium texaphyrins (contrast MRI agents) can make high-grade gliomas and glioblastomas more radiosensitive.


Neurological Surgery

Center/Program Affiliation

Center for Skull Base Surgery
UC Davis Children's Hospital
UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center


M.D., University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, 1976

B.A., Columbia University, New York City, New York, 1972


UC San Francisco, San Francisco, California, 1982

Board Certifications

American Board of Neurological Surgery, 1985

Professional Memberships

American Association of Neurological Surgeons

American College of Surgeons

American Medical Association

American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery

American Society for Photobiology

California Association of Neurological Surgeons

California Medical Association

Congress of Neurological Surgeons

International Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery

International Society of Pituitary Surgeons

Laser Association of Neurological Surgeons International

Laser Institute of America

New York Academy of Sciences

North American Skull-Base Society

Pediatric Oncology Group

Research Society of Neurological Surgeons

Sacramento-El Dorado Medical Society

Sigma Xi

Southwest Oncology Group

The Scientific Research Society

Honors and Awards

UC Davis Health System, Ambassador of Diversity, 2006

Child Abuse Prevention Council of Sacramento, Hearts and Hands for Children Founders Award, April, 2000

Heart of a Hero Award, North Area Teen Center, County of Sacramento (nominated by the Sacramento District Attorney), 1997

Certificate of Recognition, The Friends of Nursing, UC Davis, 1996

"Top Doctors in America: Pacific Region", 1996

Achievement Award in Science, California Black Business Expo, 1995

Chair, Gordon Research Conference on Lasers in Medicine and Biology, 1990

Catherine L. Dobson Award, 1976

Medical Student Summer Research Award, 1973

Select Recent Publications

Chen AY, Lee H, Hartman J, Greco C, Ryu JK, O'Donnell R, Boggan J. Secondary supratentorial primitive neuroectodermal tumor following irradiation in a patient with low-grade astrocytoma. Case report. American Journal of Neuroradiology, 26(1):1-3, 2005.

Donald PJ, Enepikedes D, Boggan JE. Giant juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma: Management by skull-base surgery. Clinical Note. Archives of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, 130:882-886, 2004.

Shahlaie K, Fox A, Butani L, Boggan JE. Spontaneous epidural hemorrhage in chronic renal failure. A case report and review. Pediatric Nephrology, 19:1168-1172, 2004.

Bench G, Grant PG, Ueda DL, Autry-Conwell SA, Hou Y, Boggan JE. Assessment of proton microbeam analysis of 11B for quantitative microdistribution analysis of boronated neutron-capture agents in biological tissues. Radiation Research, 160:667-676, 2003.

Vicente MG, Edwards BF, Shetty SJ, Hou Y, Boggan JE. Syntheses and preliminary biological studies of four meso-tetra [(nido-carboranylmethyl)phenyl] porphyrins. Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry, 10:481-492, 2002.

Gilmer-Hill H, Ellis WG, Imbesi SG, Boggan JE. Spinal oligodendroglioma with gliomatosis in a child. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, 92(1):109-113, 2000.

Kim SY, McGahan JP, Boggan JE, McGrew W. Prenatal diagnosis of lipomyelomenigocele. Journal of Ultrasound Medicine, 19:801-805, 2000.

Gerscovich EQ, Maslen L, Cronan MS, Poirer V, Anderson MW, McDonald C, Boggan JE, Ivanovic M. Spinal sonography and magnetic resonance imaging in patients with repaired myelomenigocele: Comparison of modalities. Journal of Ultrasound Medicine, 18:655-664, 1999.

Gilmer H, Boggan JE, Smith KA, Frey CF, Wagner Jr. FC, Hein L. Intrathecal morphine delivered via subcutaneous pump for intractable pain in pancreatic cancer. Surgical Neurology, 51:6-11, 1999.

Gilmer H, Boggan JE, Smith KA, Wagner Jr. FC. Intrathecal morphine delivered via subcutaneous pump for intractable cancer pain: A review of the literature. Surgical Neurology, 51:12-15, 1999.