James Gilchrist, MD

Executive Director, Neuroscience Institute
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    About me

    James Gilchrist, MD is Professor and Chair of Neurology at SIU School of Medicine.  He is an active clinician, a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has Certificates of Added Qualification in Clinical Neurophysiology and in Neuromuscular Medicine.  He received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and M. D. from Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago.  He completed his Neurology residency at the Medical College of Virginia, where he was Chief Resident.  He completed fellowships in Clinical Neurophysiology at Medical College of Virginia and in EMG Research at Duke University Medical Center. His clinical interests include diseases of nerve, muscle and neuromuscular junction. He is very experienced in EMG studies and has been director of MDA sponsored clinics for over 30 years, including Director of the MDA Care Center at SIU.  Dr. Gilchrist conducts clinical research on disorders of the peripheral nervous system, particularly disorders of neuromuscular transmission and the muscular dystrophies.  He has been the recipient of research and clinical grants from the Muscular Dystrophy Association of America. He has served on review study sections for the NIH Center for Scientific Review and the FDA. He was an Associate Editor for Muscle & Nerve for 11 years and is the author of over 70 scientific articles and 29 book chapters in the field of neurology and neuromuscular disease.



    Education & training

    Chair and Professor, Department of Neurology
    Executive Director, Neuroscience Institute
    Board Certifications
    Clinical Neurophysiology
    Neuromuscular Medicine
    Medical School
    Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
    Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA - Neurology Residency; Chief Resident
    Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA - Clinical Neurophysiology
    Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC - Electromyography Research


    Clinical locations


    SIU Neurology Clinic - Moy Building

    751 N. Rutledge St. Suite 3100 Springfield, IL 62702
    Mon - Fri: 8:00 am-4:30 pm

    SIU Specialty Clinic Decatur

    102 W. Kenwood Ave. Lower Level Decatur, IL 62526
    Mon - Fri: 8:00 am-4:30 pm

    Hospital privileges

    • Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL
    • Memorial Medical Center, Springfield IL


    Research Interests
    Myasthenia gravis; muscular dystrophy; peripheral neuropathy