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James L. Barrese, MD

James L. Barrese, MD

Primary Specialties
  • Otolaryngology (ENT)

Primary Office

2350 Buhne St.
Suite C
Eureka, CA 95501

Physician Bio

Dr Barrese is a board certified Otolaryngologist and fellowship trained pediatric otolaryngologist. During his free time he enjoys traveling, live music, and is a reef aquarium enthusiast.

Post Graduate Training

(2011-2012) Children’s Hospital Boston: Fellow in Pediatric Otolaryngology
(2006-2011) USC + LAC Medical Center: Resident in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

Research Experience & Publications

2010 - Barrese JL, Lau S, Chen BT, Maghami E. Nonparotid parapharyngeal oncocytoma: A case report and literature review. Head Neck. 2010 Jun;32(6):800-5.

2006 - Barrese, J. and Lysakowski A. (2006) Improved Method For Preparing Flattened Whole-Surface Mounts Of Cristae Sensory Epithelium For Use In The Study Of Peripheral Vestibular Efferent Projections, ARO 29th Midwinter Mtg. Abst.

2005-2006 - Research Assistant, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL, Dr. Anna Lysakowski, Ph.D. (advisor)
Efferent innervation pattern of the peripheral vestibular sensory organs in chinchillas. Requisite techniques include: anterograde tracing of efferent projections with stereotactic injection of labeled tracer into efferent brainstem nuclei, performing neurosurgical brainstem midline incisions to isolate contralateral from ipsilateral projecting efferent fibers, microscopic cranial dissection to harvest peripheral vestibular sensory organs (crista and otolithic) and brainstem, microscopic microdissection of crista to remove excess stroma to facilitate flattening of organ in order to slide-mount for proper visualization of sensory epithelium, computer and microscopic analysis of sensory epithelium to map terminal efferent projection patterns.

Summer 2000 - Thesis Dissertation for M.S. In Pharmacology, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, Dr. Paul Guth, Ph.D. (advisor)
Exploring Allosteric Inhibition Of alpha9 nACh Receptors By Opioids In Hair Cells. A literature-based review exploring the novel finding of morphine inhibiting vestibular efferent nACh receptors, an exploration of allosteric theory, and a proposal for a hypothetical experiment to further characterize the nature of this unexpected antagonistic effect.


  • Medical School:
    MD - Chicago, IL, University of Illinois College of Medicine - 2006
  • Medical School:
    M.S. in Pharmacology - New Orleans, LA, Tulane University School of Medicine - 2000
  • College:
    B.S. with Majors in Psychology & Biology and Minor in Chemistry - Urbana, IL, University of Illinois, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - 1999


American Board of Otolaryngology: 6/01/2012 - 6/30/2022

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