James E. Raisis M.D.

James E. Raisis M.D.
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  • English


  • Brain Tumors
  • Neurological Surgery
  • Neurosurgery (Spine)
  • Spine Tumors


Dr. Raisis is certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery. He is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant tumors involving the brain and spinal cord. He has a special interest in tumors involving the posterior fossa (i.e. the back portion of the brain). These include tumors such as meningiomas, ependymomas, and acoustic neuromas. He also has considerable expertise in neuro-oncology which involves the treatment of malignant tumors involving the brain and spinal cord. Dr. Raisis is also an expert in spinal problems include cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine conditions such as degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, and lumbar stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal).

Dr. Raisis has been practicing in the Seattle area for a number of years, and has treated a large number of patients with both complex and more common neurological problems. In addition to his wide experience, he has been an innovator of new techniques in the treatment of neurosurgical problems.  Early on he recognized the benefits of micro-neurosurgery and minimally invasive surgical techniques used in neurosurgery.  He was one of the initial physicians certified at Northwest Hospital in radiosurgery (gamma knife) for treatment of intracranial tumors.

Dr. Raisis attended the University of Colorado in Boulder on an athletic scholarship. He completed both his bachelor's degree and medical training at the University of Colorado. He was an intern at Washington University in St. Louis and completed his residency training in neurosurgery at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He practiced initially at the Virginia Mason Clinic and at Swedish Medical Center prior to coming to University of Washington's Northwest Hospital. He has been recognized as a "Top Doctor" in Seattle in local publications.

Patient Care Philosophy

I feel that neurosurgery is a way of life rather than simply a job. I have made a concerted effort to give patients an understanding of their neurosurgical problem and the various modes of treatment available. I am careful to discuss with the patient the risks and benefits of treatment. I think it is important for them to understand the manifestations of their disease and know the long-term results of treatment. As a consulting physician, it is important to make an independent evaluation of the patient prior to making a decision on their treatment. This includes a careful analysis of previous consultations and radiological procedures (i.e. MRI and CT scans). I am dedicated to my patients and truly feel the responsibility associated with their care.

Clinical Interests

Comprehensive treatment of benign and malignant brain and spinal cord tumors; management of spinal disorders.

Research Interests

Close follow-up and continued innervation in the treatment of intracranial and spinal disorders.


Institution Credential Year
University of Colorado School of Medicine Fellowship
University of Colorado School of Medicine Medical education
University of Michigan Medical School Residency
Washington University School of Medicine Internship

Board Certifications

Certification Specialty Year
American Board of Neurological Surgery Neurological Surgery 1979