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James Hamilton Black, MD

Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy
Associate Professor of Surgery
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The Johns Hopkins Hospital

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  • Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy
  • David Goldfarb, MD Research Professor of Surgery
  • Attending Surgeon
  • Associate Professor of Surgery

Centers & Institutes

  • Heart and Vascular Institute


Abdominal Aneurysms, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Aneurysms, Aortic Aneurysms, Aortic Stent-Grafts/Endografts, Aortic Surgery, Arterial Aneurysm, Arteriovenous Fistulas, Claudication, Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), Endovascular Therapies, Hypertension, Inherited Heart Diseases, Intermittent Claudication, Laser Atherectomy, Limb Salvage Surgery, Lower Extremity Angioplasty, Lower Extremity Revascularization, Lower Extremity Stenting, Marfan Syndrome, Mesenteric Arterial Insufficiency, Minimally Invasive Endovascular Aneurysm Repair, Peripheral Arterial Disease, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Popliteal Artery Aneurysms, Redo Lower Extremity Vascular Reconstruction, Renal Artery Disease, Stenting, Syncope, Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms, Thoracic Imaging, Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Disease, Vascular Surgery, Vascular Ultrasound, Vasculitis, Venous Disease, Venous Insufficiency, Visceral Stenting, Visceral Vessel Reconstruction

Research Interests

Molecular biology and development of rapid diagnostic assays for aortic dissection. Aortic wall homoeostasis and dysfunction leading to thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms.


Dr. Black joined the surgical faculty of the Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2004. He completed his General Vascular Surgery Fellowship in the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital and received his General Surgery Training in the Halsted General Surgery Training Program at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. In addition to his interest with open surgical reconstruction of carotid, extremity and complex aortic disease, he aggressively pursues the application of minimally invasive endovascular technologies for patients with aortic aneurysms and aortic dissection, occlusive disease of the carotid, renal, mesenteric, and lower extremity arteries. His research interests include the cellular and molecular events underpinning the development of aortic catastrophe in both atherosclerotic and connective tissue disorders, as well as diagnosis of aortic dissection and malperfusion syndromes.


  • English


Professional Societies (to present):

1995 American Medical Association

1999 American College of Surgeons

2005 Society for Vascular Surgery

2005 Association of Academic Surgery

2006 Peripheral Vascular Surgery Society

2006 Chesapeake Vascular Society

2007 Eastern Vascular Society

2008 Southern Association for Vascular Surgery

2008 Society for Vascular Ultrasound

Clinical Trial Keywords

  • Aortic Dissection

Additional Resources

Additional Resources +
  • Education +


    • Northwestern University The Feinberg School of Medicine (Chicago IL ) (1995)


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / General Surgery (Baltimore MD ) (2002)


    • Massachusetts General Hospital / Vascular Surgery (Boston MA ) (2004)


    • Surgery, American Board of Surgery (2012)
    • Vascular Surgery, American Board of Surgery (2005)
  • Research & Publications +

    Selected Publications

    Educational Publications:

    1. Black, JH, Davison JK, Cambria RP. Regional hypothermia with epidural cooling for prevention of spinal cord ischemic complications after thoracoabdominal aortic surgery. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2003 Oct; 15(4):345-52. Review.

    2. Black JH, Cambria RP. Aortic Dissection: Perspective for the Vascular/Endovascular Surgeon. For, 6th Edition of Rutherfords Textbook of Vascular Surgery. 2005.

    3. Ridell JM, Black JH, Brewster DC, Dunn PF. Endovascular Aneurysm Repair. Int Anesthiol Clin. 2005 Winter, 43(1):79-91. Review.

    4. Levine WC, Lee JJ, Black JH, Cambria RP, Davison JK. Thoracoabdominal aneurysm repair: anesthetic management. Int Anesthesiol Clin. 2005 Winter; 43 (1): 39-60. Review.

    5. Black JH. Peripheral Arterial Disease, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms, and Peripheral Aneurysms. Principles of Ambulatory Medicine, 7th edition, 2007. Editors: Fiebach NH, Kern DE, Thomas PA, and Ziegelstein RC.

    5. Brooke B, Black JH. Clinical Vascular Examination. For, Image Guided Interventions. 2007. Editors: Murphy K, and Venbrux T, MD.

    6. Matsen SA, Black, JH. Endovascular Repair of Thoracic Aortic Pathology: A New Approach to Aneurysm, Dissection, Ulceration and Traumatic Lesions. For, The Johns Hopkins Manual of Cardiothoracic Surgery (1st Edition). 2007 Editor: David Yuh, MD.

    7. Black JH. Thoracoabdominal and Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms. For, Current Surgical Therapy, 10th ed. Editor: John L. Cameron, MD. 2008

    8. Black, JH. Aneurysms caused by Connective Tissue Disorder. For, Rutherford's Textbook of Vascular Surgery, 7th Ed. Editor: Jack Cronenwett, MD and James Seeger, MD. 2009.

    9. Black, JH, Arnaoutakis G. A Primer for Vascular Disease. For Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation. 2009.
  • Academic Affiliations & Courses +
  • Activities & Honors +


    Fellow, American College of Surgeons, 2006.

    Johns Hopkins Surgical Residents Teaching Award, 2002.

    Alpha Omega Alpha Medical School Honor Society, 1994.

    Professional Activities


  • Videos & Media +


    About Abdominal Aortic and Thoracic Aneurysms

    Abdominal & Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Treatment: Open Surgery

    Meet our Experts - Dr. James Black

    Dr. Black is the Chief of Vascular Surgery whose clinical practice focuses on treatments and procedures for aortic diseases such as implanting fenestrated stent grafts for abdominal aortic aneurysms.

    Abdominal Aortic Surgery

    Ronald Rolett, a retired physician from North Carolina, learned that he had an abdominal aortic aneurysm from a routine ultrasound screening. He then had follow-up ultrasound tests every six months until it had reached a critical size. Rolett became the first patient at The Johns Hopkins Hospital - and at any hospital in the mid-Atlantic region - to have an aneurysm repaired in a minimally invasive way using a graft that was made to fit his specific anatomy. He tells his story about the procedure, recovery and experience with Johns Hopkins Vascular Surgery.

    Lectures and Presentations

    Invited Lectures:

    2008 Aortic Dissection: Management in the Endovascular Era. Tumulty Post- graduate Course. Directors: William Schlott MD, John Flynn MD, and Lisa Simonson MD.

    2008 Peripheral Vascular Manifestations of Loeys-Dietz Syndrome. Society for Vascular Surgery Annual Meeting. San Diego, California.

    2008 Aneurysms Outside the Aorta. National Marfan Foundation Annual Meeting. Boston, Massachusetts.

    2008 Accuracy of Duplex Ultrasonography to Evaluate Renal Malperfusion Syndromes in Aortic Dissection. Eastern Vascular Society, Boston, Massachusetts. 

    2009 Long-term results of eversion carotid endarterectomy. Peripheral Vascular Surgery Society Winter Meeting, Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

    2009 Around the block with PAD. Department of Medicine Grand Rounds, Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, Maryland.

    2009 Contemporary Results of Vascular Intervention in Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Society for Vascular Surgery Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado.

    2009 GENTAC Registry Consortium (Genetically Triggered Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms and Cardiovascular Conditions)

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    The Johns Hopkins Hospital
    600 N. Wolfe Street
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Phone: 410-955-1708
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