James Yoon, MD

  • PGY-2 Resident

James Yoon, MD, joined the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery residency program in July 2022 after earning his MD degree from Yale School of Medicine. Prior to medical school, he graduated manga cum laude from Brown University in 2017 with a BS in neuroscience with honors.

Dr. Yoon’s research focuses on value-based healthcare aimed at improving patient experiences through policy reforms, delivery system innovation, and outcomes research that informs safe, evidence-based clinical practices. During medical school, Dr. Yoon completed a health law and policy fellowship at the Solomon Center at Yale Law School. He is also active in organized neurosurgery and was elected to serve on the Young Neurosurgeons Committee in 2020 and co-president of the Cushing Society at Yale School of Medicine in 2021.

Dr. Yoon was born in South Korea. Outside of neurosurgery, he enjoys fencing, cooking Korean food, playing the viola, hiking, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends. 

Specialized Areas of Interest

Cerebrovascular neurosurgery; skull base neurosurgery; neuro-oncology; value-based healthcare, clinical outcomes research; socioeconomics in neurosurgery; organized neurosurgery; medical education

Professional Organization Membership

American Association of Neurological Surgeons
American Medical Association
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Young Neurosurgeon’s Committee of AANS

Education & Training

  • BS, Neuroscience, Brown University, 2017
  • MD, Yale School of Medicine, 2022

Honors & Awards

  • Forbes 30 Under 30, Forbes Magazine, 2022
  • Editor’s Choice Manuscript, Neurosurgery, 2021
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) - National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Research Fellowship, 2019
  • Yale School of Medicine Student Travel Award, 2018, 2019, 2022
  • Sigma Xi Honor Society, 2017
  • Magna cum laude, Brown University, 2017
  • Karen T. Romer Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award, Brown University, 2016
  • Presidential Linking Internships and Knowledge Award, Brown University, 2015
  • Entrepreneurship Program Synapse Fellowship, Brown University, 2015
  • Sheridan Center Certificate in Research Mentorship, Brown University 2015
  • Texas Governor’s Award, 2013