James Hamilton Black III, M.D.

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  • Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy
  • Professor of Surgery


Abdominal Aneurysms, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA), Aneurysms, Angioplasty, Aortic Aneurysms, Aortic Dissections, Aortic Stent-Grafts/Endografts, Aortic Surgery, Arterial Aneurysm, Arteriovenous Fistulas (AVF), Claudication, Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), Endovascular Therapies, Extractional Atherectomy, General Vascular Surgery, High Blood Pressure (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, Non-Invasive Flow Studies (NIFS), Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), Peripheral Vascular Disease, Popliteal Artery Aneurysms, Redo Lower Extremity Vascular Reconstruction, Renal Artery Disease, Stenting, Syncope, Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms, Thoracic Imaging, Thoracic Surgery, Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Vascular Disease, Vascular Surgery, Vascular Ultrasound, Vasculitis, Venous Disease, Venous Insufficiency, Visceral Stenting, Visceral Vessel Reconstruction ...read more

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The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Main Entrance)

Appointment Phone: 410-955-5165
1800 Orleans St.
Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, MD 21287
Phone: 410-955-1708
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Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center (now called Levi Watkins, Jr., M.D., Outpatient Center)

Appointment Phone: 410-955-5165
601 N. Caroline St.
Baltimore, MD 21287
Phone: 410-955-1708
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Johns Hopkins Community Physicians - Howard County

11085 Little Patuxent Parkway
The Medical Arts Building, Suite 103
Columbia, MD 21044
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Dr. Black is an expert in the care of patients with aortic aneurysms.  Dr. Black and the Vascular Team at Hopkins take pride in the fact their techniques and results have been published in the flagship journals in the field of Vascular Surgery. Our peer reviewed results demonstrate a record of safety and operative outcomes that is unrivaled regionally and nationally.  Indeed, no other vascular program in the Baltimore, District of Colombia, or the Mid-Atlantic region, has accumulated and demonstrated a similar experience in the care of patients with aortic aneurysms. 

Dr. Black has been invited to lecture his colleagues, both across the nation and worldwide, on his techniques to manage and repair aneurysms in the abdomen (AAA), thoracic aneurysms (TAA) and thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms (TAAA). Dr. Black has unique experience with management of aortic dissection and genetically inherited conditions that may predispose patients to aortic aneurysm and dissection such as Marfan Syndrome, Loeys-Dietz Syndrome, Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, and Familial Thoracic Aneurysm and Dissection Syndrome.  His experience in this regard has many important implications for all patients with aneurysms, and through these insights, he advocates for his patients to invoke many non-surgical approaches therapies that can reduce the future risk of aneurysm events and thus improves the length and quality of his patients' life.

Dr. Black is the most experienced surgeon in the mid-Atlantic Region with both traditional surgical, and more recently complex endovascular repairs using the FDA approved fenestrated endovascular devices.  Additionally, he is one of the few surgeons nationwide who has FDA approval for next generation devices that may be suitable for patients with all types of aneurysms that involve the chest and abdomen (TAAA). 

Dr. Black also collaborates with surgeons in the fields of neurosurgery, surgical oncology and urology to provide vascular reconstructions of all territories in the body to allow cure from cancerous tumors.  Many patients are often unfairly denied a chance at cure for fear of involvement of nearby vessels.  Dr. Black and colleagues have published their results for reconstruction of veins and nearby arteries for pancreatic cancer and renal cell carcinoma cure.

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. Dr. Black maintains an active practice in all aspects of vascular surgery.  In addition to his interest with open surgical reconstruction of complex aortic disease, he aggressively pursues the application of minimally invasive endovascular technologies for patients with 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. He has also devised protocols that make surgery safer at Hopkins and these have been shared nationwide for the betterment of the field.

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

Departments / Divisions

  • Surgery - Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy

Centers & Institutes



  • MD; Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (1995)


  • General Surgery; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2002)


  • Vascular Surgery; Massachusetts General Hospital (2004)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery (Surgery) (2003)
  • American Board of Surgery (Vascular Surgery) (2005)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

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

Clinical Trial Keywords

Aortic Dissection

Selected Publications

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Black JH. Technique for repair of suprarenal and thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms. J Vasc Surg. 2009: 50(4): 936-41.

Brooke BS, Arnauotakis G, McDonnell N, Black JH. Contemporary management of vascular complications associated with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. J Vasc Surg. 2010 Jan; 51(1): 131-138.

Arnaoutakis G, Hundt JA, Shah AS, Cameron DE, Black JH. Comparative analysis of hospital costs of open and endovascular thoracic aortic repair. Vasc and Endovasc Surg. 2011 Jan; 45(1): 39-45.

Black JH 3rd. Aneurysms Caused by Connective Tissue Abnormalities. In: Cronenwett JL, Johnston KW, eds. Vascular Surgery. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2014: 2248-2269.

Arnaoutakis DJ, Arnaoutakis GJ, Beaulieu RJ, Abularrage CJ, Lum YW, Black JH 3rd. Results of adjunctive spinal drainage and/or left subclavian artery bypass in thoracic endovascular aortic repair. Ann Vasc Surg. 2014; 28(1):65-73.

Activities & Honors


  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons, 2006
  • Johns Hopkins Surgical Residents Teaching Award, 2002
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Medical School Honor Society, 1994
  • Distinguished Fellow, Society for Vascular Surgery, 2014


  • American College of Surgeons, 1999
  • American Medical Association, 1995
  • Association of Academic Surgery, 2005
  • Chesapeake Vascular Society, 2006
  • Eastern Vascular Society, 2007
  • Peripheral Vascular Surgery Society, 2006
  • Society for Vascular Surgery, 2005
  • Society for Vascular Ultrasound, 2008
  • Southern Association for Vascular Surgery, 2008

Videos & Media

Lectures and Presentations

  • “Endovascular and Surgical Management of Connective Tissue Disorder Patients.”
    University of Toronto Visiting Professorship, Toronto, Ontario (12/04/2016)
    University of Toronto
  • Vascular Resection for Oncologic Cure: Method or Madness
    Stanford University Grand Rounds (04/25/2016)
    Stanford University
  • The Playbook for Connective Tissue Disorders: Marfan, VEDS and Loeys-Dietz
    Grand Rounds, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York City, New York (10/14/2015)
    Mt. Sinai School of Medicine
  • Connective Tissue Disorders and Aortic Surgery: Lessons Learned at Hopkins
    Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Center, Aortic Grand Rounds, Cleveland, OH (02/04/2015)
    Cleveland Clinic
  • Vascular Care, Processes,and Outcomes in the Endovascular Era
    Eoin O'Malley Inaugural Lecture, Mater Misercordia Hospital, Dublin, Ireland (10/05/2012)
    University College of Dublin
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