James W. Murakami, MD

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

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James Murakami, MD, MS, is a pediatric interventional radiologist who has worked at Nationwide Children’s Hospital since 1999. He earned his medical degree from the University of California at San Diego Medical School in 1990 and a master’s degree in Bioengineering at the University of Washington in 1996. He is board certified in Diagnostic Radiology and Pediatric Radiology with advanced training in Pediatric Interventional Radiology (IR). Since joining Nationwide Children’s, Dr. Murakami’s clinical work has been centered on IR with special focus on sclerotherapy and minimally invasive percutaneous treatments of a variety of illnesses.

The sclerotherapy treatments performed in IR allow Nationwide Children’s to function as a Destination Medical Center for a variety of illnesses. Much of this stems from the work of William E. Shiels who passed away in 2015.   Dr. Murakami was extremely fortunate to have been friend and colleague to Dr. Shiels for over 15 years. Building on Dr. Shiels’ work, Dr. Murakami and colleagues now routinely treat patients from around the world with a diverse group of conditions including:

  • Bone cysts, such as aneurysmal bone cysts (ABCs) and unicameral bone cysts
  • Vascular anomalies, such as lymphatic malformations and venous malformations, with a special focus on orbital vascular malformations
  • Acquired and congenital head and neck cysts, such as dermoid cysts and branchial cleft cysts
  • Salivary disorders, such as ranulas and sialorrhea
Academic and Clinical Areas
Awards, Honors & Organizations
  • Listed, Best Doctors in America

Date of Appointment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital: 11/16/1999

Board Certifications
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Pediatric Radiology
Fellowship University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Date Completed: 10/31/1997
Fellowship Seattle Children's Hospital Date Completed: 06/30/1997
Fellowship University of Washington Medical Center Date Completed: 06/30/1995
Residency University of Washington Medical Center Date Completed: 06/30/1996
Residency University of Washington Medical Center Date Completed: 06/30/1993
Internship Swedish Medical Center First Hill Campus Date Completed: 06/24/1991
Medical School University of California San Diego School of Medic Date Completed: 06/03/1990
Jim Murakami Bio Video

Meet Dr. Murakami: Improving Children's Lives Through Innovative Imaging

Using advanced imaging technology, Dr. James Murakami and his IR team insert medicine directly into a disease through small needles or probes. It can be a game-changing treatment option for kids suffering from rare conditions or diseases, including certain types of cysts or tumors.