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



Pediatric Radiology




  • Professor
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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.


Pediatric Radiology

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Children's Hospital


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

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

Internship: Radiology, University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami FL 1968-1969


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

Diagnostic Radiology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA 1982-1984


Pediatric Neurology, University of Iowa, Iowa City IA 1971-1973

Neuroradiology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA 1984-1986

Board Certifications

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Child Neurology, 1985

American Board of Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology, 2014

American Board of Radiology, Neuroradiology, 2005

Select Recent Publications

Teistler M, Brunberg J, Breiman R, Bott O, Dresing K, Lars E and Steffen R. Understanding Spatial Relationships in Ultrasound Imaging: Introduction of a Computer Based Training Tool that Utilizes Inexpensive Off-the-Shelf Game Controllers.  RadioGraphics. 2014.

Diaz r, Konia T, Brunberg J.  Labyrinthine Artery Aneurysm as an ICA Mass. Journal of Neurological Surgery Reports. 2014.

Brunberg J, Burkett G, McGahan J, Wotton-Gorges A, McKenney S.  Computed Tomography in Clinical Use.  In Radiation Dose and Image Quality Assessment in Computed Tomography, International Commission of Radiation Units and Measurement Report 87. Journal of the ICRU 12(1) Report 87 Oxford University Press. 2012.

Wippold FJ 2nd, Brunberg J, and other members Expert Panel on Neurologic Imaging.  Orbits, Vision and Visual Loss. Am J Neuroradiology. 2010;31:196-8.

Paul R, Pessah I, Gane L, Hagerman P, Brunberg J, Tassone F, Bourgeois J, Adams P, Nguyen DV, Hagerman R.  Early Onset of Neurological symptoms in Fragile X Carriers Exposed to Neurotoxins. Neurotoxicology. 2010;31:399-402.

Adams P, Adams J, Nguyen D, Hessel D, Brunberg J, Tassone F, Zhang W, Koldewyn K, Rivera S, Grigsby J, Zhang L, DeCarli C, Hagerman P, Hagerman R.  Psychological Symptoms Correlate with Reduced Hippocampal Volume in Fragile X Premutation Carriers. Neuropsychiatric Genetics. Am J Med Genetics B Neurpsychiatr. Genet. 2010;153: 775-85.

Tobias J. Moritz, James A. Brunberg, Denise M. Krol, Sebastian Wachsmann-Hogiu,  Stephen M. Lane, James W. Chan.  Characterization of FXTAS related isolated intranuclear protein inclusions using laser tweezers Raman spectroscopy.  Journal of Raman Spectroscopy.  2009;41:33-39.

Wippold FJ, Brunberg j, et al. ; Focal Neurologic Deficit.  Expert Panel on Neurologic Imaging. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2008 Nov;29(10):1998-2000. 

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

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