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James Nilson, MD, PhD
Meet James Nilson, MD, PhD
Department + Services
Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
Clinical Focus Areas
Seeing Patients In
Locations + Directions
Tufts Medical Center
800 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111
Phone #: 617-636-6208
Honors + Awards
2006 McNary Award – First non-annual award to a graduate or recent graduate who has demonstrated excellence in teaching within the basic sciences.
2005 Russek’s Day Award – Annual science conference held at Boston University School of Medicine to promote basic science research and provide a venue for sharing ongoing studies within university.
Publications + National Presentations
Kapur NK1, Paruchuri V, Pham DT, Reyelt L, Murphy B, Beale C, Bogins C, Wiener D, Nilson J, Esposito M, Perkins S, Perides G, Karas RH. Hemodynamic effects of left atrial or left ventricular cannulation for acute circulatory support in a bovine model of left heart injury. ASAIO J. 2015 May-Jun;61(3):301-6.
Gavrikov K., Nilson J., Dmitriev A., Zucker C., Mangel S. Dendritic compartmentalization of chloride cotransporters underlies directional responses of starburst amacrine cells in retina. Proceedings of National Academy of Science U S A. Dec 5, 2006; 103(49): 18793-8
Zucker C., Nilson J., Ehinger B., Grzywacz N. Compartmental localization of gamma- aminobutyric acid type B receptors in the cholinergic circuitry of the rabbit retina. Journal of Comparative Neurology. December 19, 2005; 493(3): 448-59
Colurso G., Nilson J., Vervoort L Quantitative assessment of DNA fragmentation and beta-amyloid deposition in insular cortex and midfrontal gyrus from patients with Alzheimer's disease. Life Science August. 22, 2003; 73(14): 1795-803
James Nilson, MD, PhD, earned his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine. Prior to medical school, Dr. Nilson completed a PhD in Anatomy and Neurobiology, with a minor focus in neurophysiology from the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at Boston University School of Medicine. He was among the first graduates to complete the Vesalius Program designed to train future adult learner educators and was the first to receive the McNary award for excellence in teaching.
Dr. Nilson completed aresidency in anesthesia following fellowships in general surgery and cardiac surgery at Tufts Medical Center. His PhD dissertation, “The microcircuitry that underlies directional selectivity in the retina,” utilized a rabbit retinal model, whole tissue immunofluorescent labeling, and confocal microscopy to localize unique chloride cotransporters along the dendrites of a starburst amacrine cells, a unique interneuron with recently discovered directional physiological response properties.
Outside of work Dr. Nilson enjoys an outdoor lifestyle, including hiking, camping, fly fishing, and archery. Throughout graduate and medical school, he lived on a 36 foot sailboat, completely renovating the racing boat into a live aboard boat.