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Eric Lancaster, MD, PhD

Eric Lancaster, MD, PhD Physician

Assistant Professor of Neurology

Dr. Lancaster is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Clinical Specialties


  • Neurology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Neurology, 2008
  • Neuromuscular Medicine, 2009

Clinical Expertise:

  • Autoimmune Neuropathy
  • Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS)
  • Muscle Disease
  • Myasthenia Gravis (MG)
  • Myopathy
  • Myositis
  • Nerve Conduction Studies
  • Nerve Disease
  • Nerve Injury
  • Neuromuscular Disease
  • Peripheral Nerve Disease
  • Peripheral Neuropathy

Description of Clinical Expertise

Neuromuscular disorders, electromyography (EMG), Auto-antibody mediated disorders

Practice Locations and Appointments

  • Penn Neurology

    Penn Neuroscience Center Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, South Pavilion, 2nd Floor 3400 Civic Center Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19104 800-789-PENN (7366)

    A facility of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


American Academy of Neurology (member), National American Association of neuromuscular and electrodiagnostic medicine (AANEM), National Society for Neuroscience (SFN), International

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Lancaster is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Neuronal autoantibodies, encephalitis, acquired neuromyotonia (Isaacs' syndrome), peripheral nerve hyperexcitability, potassium channels, the glycine receptor, the GABA-B receptor, neuromuscular disorders, stiff person syndrome.

Selected Publications:

Martinez-Hernandez M, Arino H, McKeon A, Iizuka T, Titulaer M, Simabukuro MM, Lancaster E, Petit-Pedrol M, Planaguma J, Blanco Y, Harvey RJ, Saiz A, Graus F, and Dalmau J.: Clinical and immunological investigations in 121 patients with stiff person spectrum disorder. JAMA Neurology. : 2016.

Graus Francesc, Titulaer Maarten J, Balu Ramani, Benseler Susanne, Bien Christian G, Cellucci Tania, Cortese Irene, Dale Russell C, Gelfand Jeffrey M, Geschwind Michael, Glaser Carol A, Honnorat Jerome, Höftberger Romana, Iizuka Takahiro, Irani Sarosh R, Lancaster Eric, Leypoldt Frank, Prüss Harald, Rae-Grant Alexander, Reindl Markus, Rosenfeld Myrna R, Rostásy Kevin, Saiz Albert, Venkatesan Arun, Vincent Angela, Wandinger Klaus-Peter, Waters Patrick, Dalmau Josep: A clinical approach to diagnosis of autoimmune encephalitis. The Lancet. Neurology : 2016.

Lancaster Eric: The Diagnosis and Treatment of Autoimmune Encephalitis. Journal of clinical neurology (Seoul, Korea) 12 (1): 1-13,2016.

Lancaster Eric, Scherer Steven S: Subtype-specific therapy for autoimmune neuropathies? Neurology® neuroimmunology & neuroinflammation 2 (5): e152,2015.

Olsen Abby L, Lai Yongjie, Dalmau Josep, Scherer Steven S, Lancaster Eric: Caspr2 autoantibodies target multiple epitopes. Neurology® neuroimmunology & neuroinflammation 2 (4): e127,2015.

Bai Harrison Xiao, Zou Yingjie, Lee Ashley M, Lancaster Eric, Yang Li: Diagnostic Value and Safety of Brain Biopsy in Patients With Cryptogenic Neurological Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of 831 Cases. Neurosurgery 77 (2): 283-95; discussion 295,2015.

Wang Zhi-Li, Lancaster Eric, Yang Li: Diagnosing Encephalitis, Not Otherwise Specified. JAMA neurology 72 (6): 725,2015.

Greene Maxwell, Lancaster Eric: Assessing the incidence of anti-NMDAR encephalitis. Archives of disease in childhood 100 (6): 512-3,2015.

Lancaster Eric: Paraneoplastic disorders. Continuum (Minneapolis, Minn.) 21 (2 Neuro-oncology): 452-75,2015.

Farooqi Midhat S, Lai Yongjie, Lancaster Eric, Schmitt Sarah E, Sachais Bruce S: Therapeutic plasma exchange and immunosuppressive therapy in a patient with anti-GAD antibody-related epilepsy: quantification of the antibody response. Journal of clinical apheresis 30 (1): 8-14,2015.

Academic Contact Info

3 W. Gates - Neurology
3400 Spruce St.

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 349-5313
Fax: (215) 349-5579
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)