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James Robert Brasic, M.D., M.P.H.

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Assistant Professor of Radiology and Radiological Science

Expertise: Diagnostic Radiology, Neuropsychiatry

Research Interests: Neuronuclear Imaging


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601 N. Caroline St.
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Phone: 410-502-6176


Dr. James Brasic is an Assistant Professor in the Johns Hopkins Medicine Department of Radiology and Radiological Science. His areas of clinical expertise include diagnostic radiology and pediatric neuropsychiatry.

Dr. Brasic earned his M.D. from Boston University School of Medicine. He also has degrees from the Graduate School of Arts in St. Louis, Columbia School of Public Health and Columbia University School of General Studies. He completed residencies at New York State Psychiatric Institute in child psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine in psychiatry and Los Angeles County - USC Medical Center in neurology. He performed a fellowship in radiology - nuclear medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Dr. Brasic's primary research interest is neuronuclear imaging.

Dr. Brasic serves as a member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Tourette Syndrome Association, Inc. He was honored in the 2006 and 2007 Who’s Who in Science and Engineering and included in the Guide to America’s Top Physicians and Psychiatrists from 2002-2007. more


  • Assistant Professor of Radiology and Radiological Science

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  • A.B., Boston University (Massachusetts) (1972)
  • M.D., Boston University School of Medicine - Boston (Massachusetts) (1972)
  • M.P.H., Columbia University School of Public Health (New York) (1983)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Brasic is a nuclear child neuropsychiatrist who conducts research to characterize neurotransmitters and neuroreceptors in the brain in health and disease. He investigates the density and the distribution of neurochemicals in the central nervous system utilizing nuclear neuroimaging techniques including positron emission tomography (PET) and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). He is looking at the density and distribution of the neurotransmitters in people with schizophrenia, Gilles de la Tourette syndrome (TS), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Rett syndrome and other autism spectrum disorders, Parkinson's disease, substance dependence, and other nervous and mental disorders.

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Selected Publications

Brasic JR, et al. Synapse 2009:63:339-358

Chen MK, Kuwabara H, Zhou Y, Adams RI, Brasic JR, et al. J Neurochem 2008;105:78-90

Zhou Y, Ye W, Brasic JR, et al. Neuroimage 2009;44:661-670

McCann UD, Kuwabara H, Kumar A, Palermo M, Abbey R, Brasic J, et al. Synapse 2008;62:91-100

Wong DF, Brasic JR, et al. Neuropsychopharmacology 2008;33:1239-1251

Activities & Honors


  • Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, 10th Ed. Marquis Who's Who New Providence NJ, 2008 - 2009
  • Guide to Americas Top Psychiatrists, 2007 Ed. Wash, DC: Consumers Res Coun Am, 2007
  • Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, 9th Ed., New Providence, NJ. Marquis. Guide to Americas, 2006 - 2007
  • Top Physicians, 2006 Ed. Wash, DC: Consumers Res Coun Am, 2006
  • Guide to Americas Top Psychiatrists, Edition, 2nd Ed. Wash, DC: Consumers Res Coun Am, 2004 - 2005
  • Guide to Americas Top Psychiatrists, 2002-2003 Ed. Wash, DC: Consumers Research Council of Am, 2002 - 2003
  • Young Investigator Awards, NARSAD, 2002
  • Young Investigator Awards, NARSAD, 2000
  • Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, 1st Ed., New Providence NJ Marquis, 1996 p.125, 1997 - 1998
  • Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America, 4th Ed., Marquis Whos Who New Providence NJ, 1992 p. 129, 1993 - 1994
  • Who's Who in the East, 23rd Ed., Wilmette, IL: Marquis Who's Who, 1990 p.94, 1991 - 1992
  • Fellow, Amer Acad Child Adolescent Psychiatry, 1988
  • Fac Recognition Award, Dept Psychiatry, Wright St U,, Fellow Amer Acad Child Adolescent Psychiatry, 1979
  • Air Force Commendation Medal, USAF, 1979
  • Deans Honor List AB cum laude, Boston U College of Arts + Sciences, 1966 - 1972
  • Honors Accel 6-Year Program Liberal Arts + Med Ed, Boston U, 1966 - 1972


  • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 1980
  • American Academy of Neurology, 1973
  • Community of Science (, 2005
  • Hopkins Toastmasters, 2004
  • Movement Disorder Society, 1995
  • Society for Nuclear Medicine, 2008

Professional Activities

  • External Reviewer for grant application, Canadian Institutes of Health Research Instituts de recherche en sant du Canada, 2006
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