James Guest, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Guest is currently a Professor of Neurological Surgery at the Miller School of Medicine and the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis in Miami, FL.

Dr. Guest’s extensive contributions to the field of spinal cord injury, both in terms of medical practice and research, span over two decades. He’s held numerous hospital appointments such as attending neurosurgeon at the Barrow Neurological Institute, West Palm Beach VA Medical Center, the University of Miami Hospital, and Chief of Spinal Neurosurgery at Miami Veteran’s Medical Center. He’s given more than 25 invited lectures domestically and internationally and has authored over 75 peer-reviewed publications, including articles, book chapters, and abstracts in the areas of cellular therapy for spinal cord injury, biology of neuroglia, and mechanisms of secondary injury. Dr. Guest has been active in research design for human clinical trials, participating as a Principal Investigator for the North American Clinical Trials Network (NACTN) for the Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury.

Dr. Guest earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science, a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biology, and a Medical Degree from the University of Alberta, Edmonton in Canada. He also earned a Ph.D. from the University of Miami, Department of Neuroscience in Miami, FL. His thesis was titled “The potential for human Schwann cell grafts to influence spinal cord regeneration in the nude rat.” Dr. Guest completed his residency in the Division of Neurosurgery at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and a fellowship in Spinal Surgery at the Barrow Neurologic Institute in Phoenix, Arizona.