Julian E. Bailes Jr. MD
Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the NorthShore University HealthSystem and Co-Director of the NorthShore Neurological Institute
Julian E. Bailes is a Louisiana native who attended Louisiana State University attaining both his B.S. and M.D. degrees, following which he underwent neurosurgery residency training at Northwestern University Medical Center and a cerebrovascular fellowship at the Barrow Neurological Institute. He was Chief of Cerebrovascular Surgery at Allegheny-West Penn Hospital System for ten years, subsequently serving for eleven years as the Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at West Virginia University School of Medicine where he specialized in cerebrovascular disease, stroke, brain tumors, and traumatic brain injury. For last five years he has been the Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery, Co-Director of the NorthShore Neurological Institute, and Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.
Dr. Bailes is a recognized leader in the field of neurosurgery and the impact of brain injury on brain function. He is the Chair-Elect of the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care. He has been instrumental in the understanding of the clinical evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive degenerative disease found in individuals who have been subjected to multiple concussions and other forms of head injury. His laboratory has focused upon mechanisms and treatment of cerebral trauma, and his team has received NIH funding for TBI research. Since 1994, he has been a neurological consultant to the NFL Players’ Association (NFLPA), which has supported research on the effects of head injuries on professional athletes, and currently is on the NFLPA Mackey White Health and Safety Committee, and the NFL Head, Neck, and Spine Committee. He has been an advisor to the NCAA and also is Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee for Pop Warner Football, the largest youth sports association in the U.S. In 2010 he was inducted into the Louisiana State University Hall of Distinction, the highest honor awarded to an alumnus. In 2016, Dr. Bailes was inducted to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and received the Dave Dixon Louisiana Sports Leadership Award and also was inducted into the Northwestern State University Long Purple Line. In 2017 he was named by the Public Broadcasting System as a Louisiana Legend. In 2018 he received the Gold Football Award from Pop Warner Football, for his contributions to youth sports, and the Career Achievement Award by the National Headache Foundation.
Dr. Bailes has over 300 scientific publications concerning various aspects of neurological surgery, including four books on neurological sports medicine, and performs editorial duties for a number of medical journals. He is the Chair-Elect of the Joint Section of Neurotrauma and Critical Care of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Bailes has been honored as one of the nation’s best surgeons for ten consecutive years in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Doctors” and was selected by Chicago Magazine as a Chicago top neurosurgeon. He played football for ten years, including in high school and at the collegiate level, was an Louisiana All-Star and All-State player, with his team winning a state championship his senior year. He has been a sideline physician at either the NFL or NCAA level for the last 25 years.