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James Kelly, MD

James Kelly, MD

Fellow, Military Service Initiative
George W. Bush Institute

James Kelly, MA, MD, FAAN, a neurologist, is one of America’s top experts on treating concussions.  With 32 years of experience, Dr. Kelly has worked with countless patients with traumatic brain injuries and has researched concussions in athletes and military personnel.  In 2015, Dr. Kelly was named one of the Top Doctors in America in Neurology by Castle Connolly. Dr. Kelly is currently serving as a private consultant and Clinical Professor at The University of Colorado School of Medicine. The Military Service Initiative has engaged the services of Dr. Kelly as Senior Fellow for Wellness to help guide 2016 efforts in support of the Invictus Games and beyond.

Dr. Kelly served as the founder and director of National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), a Department of Defense institute that provides cutting-edge evaluation, treatment planning, research and education for service members and their families.  NICoE also treats complex interactions of mild and traumatic brain injuries and psychological health conditions, conducts research, and provides clinical patient care. 

His past positions also include assistant dean for graduate medical education at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and the neurology residency program director at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Dr. Kelly has also served as director of the Brain Injury Program at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.  He was the neurological consultant for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League and is consulted frequently by professional, elite amateur and youth athletes who have sustained concussions.  Kelly co-authored the sports concussion guidelines of the American Academy of Neurology and the Standardized Assessment of Concussion that is widely used in athletic and military settings worldwide.

Dr. Kelly completed a residency at the University of Colorado, internship in neurology at Michigan State University at Kalamazoo, and coursework at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and earned a master's degree in psychology at Western Michigan University. He is also certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology.