BMC’s Yawkey building doors are now closed as an entrance as part of our ongoing efforts to enhance our campus and provide you with the best clinical care.

All patients and visitors on our main campus must enter our hospital via Shapiro, Menino, or Moakley buildings, where they will be greeted by team members at a new centralized check-in desk before continuing to the hospital. We are excited to welcome you and appreciate your patience as we improve our facilities.


Dr. James W. Holsapple is a board-certified neurosurgeon and the Chief of Neurosurgery at BMC, and an associate professor of neurosurgery and pediatrics and Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine.

Dr. Holsapple specializes in brain tumors, brain trauma, cerebral aneurysm, trigeminal neuralgia, and pediatric neurosurgery. He has authored numerous papers, peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and case reports. Dr. Holsapple's research interests include primate visual and motor processing and human brain tumor management and biology.

Dr. Holsapple received his medical degree from University of Kansas School of Medicine and his bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from Drake University. He completed an internship in internal medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, Missouri and an internship in general surgery and residency in neurological surgery at State University of New York Upstate Medical University, where he was also a National Research Service Award Fellow in the departments of neurological surgery and physiology.

  • Departments

  • Specialties

    Adult intracranial tumors, vascular surgery, pediatric neurosurgery

  • Administrative Title

    Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics; Chair, Department of Neurosurgery; Boston University Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine

  • Residency

    Neurological Surgery, SUNY Upstate Medical University, 1986-1994
  • Education

    University of Kansas School of Medicine, 1985
  • Board Certifications

    Neurological Surgery, American Board of Neurological Surgery