James Brunberg, M.D., M.H.S.A.

James A. Brunberg, M.D., M.H.S.A.


Diagnostic Radiology


Pediatric Neuroradiology




  • Professor of Radiology
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Clinical Interests

Dr. Brunberg's clinical practice relates to Neuroradiology and to Pediatric Neuroradiology. His research interests involve the use of advanced magnetic resonance imaging techniques for the characterization of neurological disease in children and in adults. Dr. Brunberg joined the UC Davis faculty as Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiology in 1998. He continued as Chair until March 2007. Dr. Brunberg is a founding member and a Past President of the American Society Pediatric Neuroradiology. He is board certified is in Diagnostic Radiology, with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Neuroradiology. He is also board certified in Neurology with Special Competence in Child Neurology.




M.D., University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 1968

M.H.S.A., University of Michigan, School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1998


University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 1969-1971

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1982-1985


University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 1971-1973

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1985-1986

Board Certifications

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Child Neurology, 1974

American Board of Radiology, 1986

American Board of Radiology, Neuroradiology, 2005

Professional Memberships

American Society of Neuroradiology

Radiological Society of North America

Select Recent Publications

Davis PC, Wippold FJ 2nd, Brunberg JA, Cornelius RS, De La Paz RL, Dormont PD, Gray L, Jordan JE, Mukherji SK, Seidenwurm DJ, Turski PA, Zimmerman RD, Sloan MA. ACR Appropriateness Criteria on low back pain. J Am Col RadioI 2009; 6(6):401

Zhang L, Coffey S, Lua LL, Greco CM, Schafer JA, Brunberg J, et al. FMR1 premutation in females diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 2009; 80(7):812

Greco CM, Tassone F, Garcia-Arocena D, Tartaglia N, Coffey SM, Vartanian TK, Brunberg JA, Hagerman PJ, Hagerman RJ. Clinical and neuropathologic findings in a woman with the FMR1 premutation and multiple sclerosis. Arch Neurol 2008; 65(8):1114

Brunberg JA. Ataxia. Am J NeuroradioI 2008; 29(7):1420

Hagerman RJ, Coffey SM, Maselli R, Soontarapornchai K, Brunberg JA, Leehey MA, Zhang L, Gane LW, Fenton-Farrell G, Tassone F, Hagerman PJ. Neuropathy as a presenting feature in fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome. Am J Med Genet 2007; 143A(19):2256

Adams JS, Adams PE, Nguyen D, et al. Volumetric brain changes in females with fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS). Neurology 2007; 69(9):851

Berry-Kravis E, Abrams L, Coffey SM, Hall DA, Greco C, Gane LW, Grigsby J, Bourgeois JA, Finucane B, Jacquemont S, Brunberg JA, Zhang L, Un J, Tassone F, Hagerman PJ, Hagerman RJ, Leehey MA. Fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome: clinical features, genetics, and testing guidelines. Mov Disord 2007; 22(14):2018

Bourgeois JA, Cogswell JB, Hessl D, Zhang L, Ono MY, Tassone F, Farzin F, Brunberg JA, Grigsby J, Hagerman RJ. Cognitive, anxiety and mood disorders in the fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome. Gen Hosp Psychiatry 2007; 29(4):349

Cohen S, Masyn K, Adams J, Hessl D, Rivera S, Tassone F, Brunberg J, et al. Molecular and imaging correlates of the fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome. Neurology, 67(8):1426-31, Oct 24, 2006.