James Grisolia, MD

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurophysiology
4033 Third Ave
Ste 204
San Diego, CA 92103
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Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego
4077 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
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Dr. James S. Grisolia’s patient care philosophy is to create a 360-degree approach to the person with neurologic illness. This approach includes elements of leading-edge medical care, quality and value consciousness, an awareness of spiritual issues, and consumer advocacy.

He has long been an active consumer advocate with the Epilepsy Foundation, National MS Foundation, San Diego Parkinson’s Foundation, Epilepsy California, and the California Neuro-Alliance. Dr. Grisolia has chaired the advocacy committee for the national-level Epilepsy Foundation in Washington, DC and continues to work on driver safety issues with the Epilepsy Foundation and the DMV. He served previously on the Older Californian Traffic Safety Taskforce through the California Highway Patrol.

Prior to undertaking his medical training, Dr. Grisolia completed an undergraduate degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale University in only three years.

Dr. Grisolia practices primarily at Scripps Mercy Hospital’s San Diego campus and also has hospital privileges at Scripps Mercy Hospital’s Chula Vista campus. He has served as chief of neurology, chief of medicine and vice-chief of staff at Scripps Mercy Hospital’s San Diego campus, and has served as a trustee for the California Medical Association.

Dr. Grisolia has also written numerous articles for peer-reviewed medical journals, has edited a book on the neurology and biology of violent behavior and has lectured on the neurology of meditation.

Dr. Grisolia’s personal interests include having served as an elder at Point Loma Presbyterian Church, participating in mission trips to China, Mexico and Lebanon and earning a fourth-degree black belt in Tae Kwon. He and his father, professor Santiago Grisolia, have worked to establish the Queen Sofia Center for the Study of Violence in Valencia, Spain.

Board Certifications

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 1986American Board of Neurophysiologic Monitoring, Clinical Neurophysiology, 1986

Medical Education

University of California, San Diego, MD, 1979


VA Medical Center, Internal Medicine, 1980


University of California, San Diego, Neurology, 1983

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