October 8, 2018


When James Harman, DO, joined CAMC's medical staff recently, it didn't take long for him to feel welcome.

"It feels like a homecoming," Dr. Harman said.  "I've seen so many familiar faces and reunited with old friends."

A native of Arizona, Harman received his medical training at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.

"I fell in love with Lewisburg, when I went there to visit the campus and fell in love with the school," Harman said.

And when it came time to go on clinical rotations as a third and fourth year medical student, he selected CAMC because he wanted to learn from the neurosurgeons.

Video: Meet Dr. James Harman

Harman is a neurosurgeon with specialty training in endovascular neurosurgery.

"I'm able to perform these procedures from inside the blood vessels in a minimally-invasive fashion."

Some of the patients he takes care of are among the sickest - including patients suffering from strokes, ruptured and unruptured brain aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations (defects in the blood vessels).

Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the United States.  It occurs when blood flow to the brain is cut off.

"In 2015, for the first time in scientific literature, it was shown that treating stroke endovascularly led to better outcomes for patients," Harman said.  "As the only fellowship-trained endovascular neurosurgeon in the state, I'm able to provide a high level of care for patients suffering from diseases that affect the brain and spinal cord."

Endovascular procedures are less invasive to the body and don't carry the same risks as traditional open surgery.

Click here for more information about neurosurgery and neurology at CAMC.

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