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Gordon H. Baltuch, MD, PhD

Gordon H. Baltuch, MD, PhD Physician

Director, Center for Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery Professor of Neurosurgery at the Pennsylvania Hospital

Languages spoken:

  • French
  • German

Dr. Baltuch is employed by Penn Medicine.

In New Jersey, providers are affiliated with Penn Medicine through Clinical Health Care Associates of New Jersey.

About Dr. Gordon H. Baltuch

Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issue from 2004 - 2008, 2010, 2011, 2018 and 2019 

Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2012 - 2018

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2007 - 2018

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

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Clinical Specialties


  • Neurosurgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Neurological Surgery, 1998

Clinical Expertise:

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Anterior Temporal Lobectomy
  • Arachnoid Cyst
  • Arnold Chiari Malformation
  • Astrocytic Cancer
  • Astrocytoma Tumors
  • Awake Brain Surgery
  • Awake Brain Tumor Surgery
  • Awake Craniotomy
  • Back Injuries
  • Back Surgery
  • Benign Neoplasm of Brain
  • Biopsy of the Brain
  • Biopsy of the Skull
  • Brain Laceration
  • Brain Metastasis
  • Brain Surgery
  • Brain Tumor Bleeding
  • Brain Tumors
  • Bulging Disc
  • Burr Hole
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Central Nervous System Tumors
  • Cerebral Cyst
  • Cerebral Decompression
  • Cerebral Edema
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Leak
  • Cervical Arthritis
  • Cervical Bone Spur
  • Cervical Compression Fracture
  • Cervical Decompression
  • Cervical Deformity
  • Cervical Disc Degeneration
  • Cervical Disc Disease
  • Cervical Disc Displacement
  • Cervical Disc Herniation
  • Cervical Laminoplasty
  • Cervical Laminotomy
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Revision Surgery
  • Cervical Spinal Fracture
  • Cervical Spinal Fusion Surgery
  • Cervical Spinal Stenosis
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Cervical Steroid Injection
  • Chiari Decompression
  • Cingulotomy
  • Clipping of Brain Aneurysm
  • Compression Fractures
  • Corpus Callosotomy Surgery
  • Cortical Mapping
  • Cranial Nerve Disorders
  • Cranial Nerve Injuries
  • Cranial Nerve Palsy
  • Cranial Nerve Repair
  • Cranial Puncture
  • Craniectomy
  • Craniocele
  • Craniotomy
  • CSF Shunt Removal
  • Decompression Laminectomy
  • Decompression Median Nerve At Elbow
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Deep Brain Stimulation for Dystonia
  • Deep Brain Stimulation while Asleep
  • Deep Brain Stimulation while Awake
  • Degenerative Spine Conditions
  • Disc Surgery
  • Diskectomy
  • Dorsal Column Stimulator
  • Dural Based Tumor
  • Dystonia
  • Electrocorticography
  • Encephalocele Repair
  • Ependymoma
  • Epidural Hematoma
  • Epidural Hemorrhage
  • Epidural Injection
  • Epilepsy
  • Epilepsy Surgery
  • Essential Tremor
  • Evaluation for Epilepsy Surgery
  • Extradural Abscess
  • Facet Injection
  • Facet Surgery
  • Fibrillary Astrocytoma
  • Focused Ultrasound
  • Foot Drag
  • Ganglioglioneurocytoma
  • Ganglioma
  • Ganglioneuroblastoma
  • Ganglioneurocytoma
  • Germ Cell Tumors
  • Germinoma
  • Glioblastoma
  • Glioma
  • Gliomatosis Cerebri
  • Gliosarcoma
  • Head and Neck Osteoma
  • Hemangioblastoma
  • Hemangiopericytoma
  • Hemifacial Spasm Botox Injection
  • Hemispherectomy
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Hypothalamic Hamartoma
  • Image Guided Biopsy of the Spine
  • Injury of Optic Chiasm
  • Intracranial Abscess
  • Intracranial Hemorrhage
  • Intracranial Hypotension
  • Intracranial Mass
  • Intraoperative MRI
  • Intraspinal Abscess
  • Intraventricular Tumor
  • Kyphosis
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Lateral Access Spine Surgery
  • Lesionectomies
  • Lesionectomy
  • Lobectomy of Brain
  • Low Back Surgery
  • Lower Back Injuries
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Lumbar Drain
  • Lumbar Scoliosis
  • Lumbar Spinal Fusion
  • Lumbar Spinal Injury
  • Lumbar Spinal Mass
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Spinal Tumor
  • Lumbar Stress Fracture
  • Lumboperitoneal Shunt Placement
  • Lumbosacral Radiculopathy
  • Malignant Neoplasm of the Cerebellum
  • Malignant Neoplasm of the Frontal Lobe
  • Meningioma
  • Meningocele
  • Metastatic Brain Cancer
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Microneurosurgery
  • Microsurgery
  • Minimally Invasive Partial Lumbar Discectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Spinal Fusion
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • MRI-Guided Focused Ultrasound
  • Muscle Transplant
  • Myelopathy
  • Myelopathy Surgery
  • Myxopapillary Ependymoma
  • Neck Masses and Lumps
  • Neck Tumors
  • Needle Biopsy of Brain
  • Needle Biopsy of Cerebral Meninges
  • Neoplasm of Brain Stem
  • Nerve Injury
  • Nerve Sheath Tumor
  • Neuravive
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Neurocutaneous Disorders
  • Neuroectodermal Tumor
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Neurogenic Claudication
  • Neuromuscular Scoliosis
  • Neuronal Glial Tumors
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Olfactory Neuroblastoma
  • Oligoastrocytoma
  • Oligodendroglioma
  • Open Biopsy of the Brain
  • Optic Nerve Glioma
  • Osteoarthritis of the Spine
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Parkinson's Surgery
  • Percutaneous Trigeminal Rhizotomy
  • Peripheral Nerve Surgery
  • Periventricular Lesion
  • Periventricular Mass
  • Peroneal Nerve Injury
  • Pilocytic Astrocytoma
  • Posterior Cervical Laminectomy and Fusion
  • Posterior Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Primary Brain Tumor
  • Radiculopathy
  • Repair of Brain
  • Resection of Cerebral Arteriovenous Malformation
  • Revision of Spinal Surgery
  • Rhizotomy
  • Ruptured Intervertebral Disc
  • Sacroiliac Joint Block
  • Sciatica
  • Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy
  • Skull Base Approach
  • Skull Fracture
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Abscess
  • Spinal Abscess Surgery
  • Spinal Cord Cancer
  • Spinal Cord Compression
  • Spinal Cord Disorder
  • Spinal Cord Softening (Myelomalacia)
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator
  • Spinal Cord Surgery
  • Spinal Cord Tumors
  • Spinal Cyst Removal
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Spinal Dural Graft
  • Spinal Embolization
  • Spinal Fracture
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Instrumentation
  • Spinal Mass
  • Spinal Meningioma
  • Spinal Microsurgery
  • Spinal Reconstruction
  • Spinal Schwannoma
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Tethering for Scoliosis
  • Spinal Tumor
  • Spine Decompression
  • Spine Deformity
  • Spine Deformity Correction Surgery
  • Spine Injuries
  • Spondyloarthropathy
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Spondylosis Surgery
  • Spondylosis With Myelopathy
  • Spondylosyndesis
  • Stereotactic Brain Biopsy
  • Stereotactic EEG
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiotherapy
  • Subcaudate Tractotomy
  • Subdural Hematoma
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Subpial Transection
  • Surgery for Sciatica
  • Surgery for Spasticity
  • Surgical Treatment of Myelopathy
  • Syringobulbia
  • Syringomyelia
  • Temporal Tumor
  • Thalamotomy
  • Thoracic Disc Herniation
  • Thoracic Laminectomy
  • Thoracic Spinal Fracture
  • Thoracic Spinal Fusion
  • Thoracic Spinal Injury
  • Thoracic Spinal Mass
  • Thoracic Spinal Stenosis
  • Thoracic Spinal Tumor
  • Topectomy
  • Trigeminal Nerve Disorders
  • Vagal Nerve Stimulator
  • Vagal Stimulation
  • Ventricular Shunt
  • Ventriculo Peritoneal Shunt
  • Ventriculocisternostomy
  • Ventriculostomy
  • Vertebrae Surgery
  • Vertebral Epiphysitis
  • Vertebral Fracture
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

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

Education and Training

Medical School: McGill University
Residency: Montreal General Hospital
Fellowship: Centre Hopitalier Universitaire Vaudois


American Association of Neurological Surgeons, National American Board of Neurological Surgery-Functional and Stereotactic Section, National American College of Surgeons, National American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, National College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Local National Football League, Local Neurosurgical Society of America, National Pennsylvania Neurosurgical Society, Local Philadelphia Neurological Society, Local Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, International Veteran's Administration, National World Federation of Neurological Surgeons, International

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Baltuch is employed by Penn Medicine.

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.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Kleiner-Fisman, G Liang GSL, Moberg PJ, Ruocco MS, Hurtig HI, Baltuch GH, Jaggi JL, Stern MB: Subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation for severe indiopathic dystonia: impact on severity, neuropsychological status and quality of life Journal of Neurosurgry 107 : 2007.

Liang GS, Chou KL, Baltuch GH, Jaggi JL, Loveland-Jones C, Leng L Maccarone H, Hurtig HI, Colcher A, Stern MB, Kleiner-Fisman G, Simuni T, Siderowf AD: Long term outcomes of bilateral subthalamic nucleus stimulation in patients with advanced Parkinson’s Disease Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery 84 : 221-227,2006.

Siderowf A, Jaggi JL, Loveland-Jones C, Leng L, Hurtig H, Colcher A, Stern M, Chou KL, Liang G, Maccarone H Simuni T, Xie S, Baltuch G: Long-term effects of bilateral subthalamic nucleus stimulation on quality-of-life in advanced Parkinson’s disease. Movement Disorders 21 (6): 746-53,2006.

Weaver FM, Follett KA, Stern M, Hur K, Harris CL, , Luo P, Marks WJ, Rothlind J, Sagher O, Moy, C, Pahwa P, Burchiel K, Hogarth P, Lai EC, Duda JE, Holloway K, Samii A, Horn S, Bronstein JM, Stoner G, . Starr PA, Simpson R, Baltuch G, De Salles A, Huang GD, Reda DJ: Randomized trial of deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease: 36 month outcomes Neurology in press : 2012.

Zaghloul KA, Weideman CT, Lega BC, Jaggi JL, Baltuch GH, Kahana MJ: Neuronal activity in the human subthalamic nucleus encodes decision conflict during action selection Journal of Neuroscience 32 (7): 2453-2460,2012.

Okun MS, Gallo G, Mandybur J, Jagid, Foote K, Revilla FJ, Alternan R, Jankovic J, Simpson R, Junn F, Verhagen L, Arle JE, Ford B, Goodman RR, Stewart M, Horn S, Baltuch G, Kopell BH, Marshall F, Peichel D, Pahwa R, Lyons KE, Troster AI, Vitek J, Tagliati M: Subthalamic deep brain stimulation with a constant-current device in Parkinson’s disease: an open-label randomized controlled trial The Lancet Neurology DOI:10.1016 (11): 70308-8 ,2012.

Manning JR, Polyn SM, Baltuch GH, Litt B, Kahana MJ: Oscillatory patterns in temporal lobe reveal context reinstatement during memory search PNAS 108 (31): 12893-12897,2011.

Lega BC, Kahana MJ, Jaggi JL, Baltuch GH, Zaghloul K: Neuronal and oscillatory activity during reward processing in the human ventral striatum Neuroreport 22 (16): 795-800,2011.

Marks WJ, Bartus RT, Siffert J, Davis CS, Lozano A, Boulis N, Vitek J, Stacy M, Turner D, Verhagen L, Bakay R, Watts R, Guthrie B, Jankovic J, Simpson R, Tagliati M, Alterman R, Stern M, Baltuch G, Starr PA, Larson PS, Ostrem JL, Nutt J, Kieburtz K, Kordower JH, Olanow CW: Gene delivery of AAV2-neurturin for Parkinson’s disease: a double-blind, randomised, controlled trial The Lancet Neurology DOI: 10.1016 (S1474-4422(10)70254-4): 2010.

Kenneth A. Follett, M.D., Ph.D., Frances M. Weaver, Ph.D., Matthew Stern, M.D., Kwan Hur, Ph.D., Crystal L. Harris, Pharm.D., Ping Luo, Ph.D., William J. Marks, Jr., M.D., Johannes Rothlind, Ph.D., Oren Sagher, M.D., Claudia Moy, Ph.D., Rajesh Pahwa, M.D., Kim Burchiel, M.D., Penelope Hogarth, M.D., Eugene C. Lai, M.D., Ph.D., John E. Duda, M.D., Kathryn Holloway, M.D., Ali Samii, M.D., Stacy Horn, D.O., Jeff M. Bronstein, M.D., Ph.D., Gatana Stoner, R.N., C.C.R.C., Philip A. Starr, M.D., Ph.D., Richard Simpson, M.D., Ph.D., Gordon Baltuch, M.D., Ph.D., Antonio De Salles, M.D., Ph.D., Grant D. Huang, Ph.D., Domenic J. Reda, Ph.D., for the CSP 468 Study Group: Pallidal versus Subthalamic Deep-Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's Disease The New England Journal of Medicine 362 (22): 2077-2091,2010.

Fisher R, Salanova V, Witt T, Worth R, Henry T, Gross R, Oommen K, Osorio I, Nazzaro J, Labar D, Kaplitt M, Sperling M, Sandok E, Neal J, Handforth A, Stern J, DeSalles A, Chung S, Shetter A, Bergen D, Bakay R, Henderson J, French J, Baltuch G, Rosenfeld W, Youkilis A, Marks W, Garcia P, Barbaro N, Fountain N, Bazil C, Goodman R, McKhann G, Krishnamurthy KB, Papavassiliou S, Epstein C, Pollard J, Tonder L, Grebin J, Coffey R, Graves N, SANTE Study Group: Electrical stimulation of the anterior nucleus of thalamus for treatment of refractory epilepsy Epilepsia 5 : 899-908,2010.

Wong S, Baltuch GH, Jaggi JL, Danish SF: Functional localization and visualization of the subthalamic nucleus from microelectrode recording acquired during DBS surgery with unsupervised machine learning J Neural Eng 6 (2): 1-11,2009.

Zaghloul KA, Blanco JA, Weidemann CT, McGill K, Jaggi JL, Baltuch GH, Kahana MJ: Human substantia nigra neurons encode unexpected financial rewards Science 323 : 1496-1499,2009.

Academic Contact Info

Department of Neurosurgery
Pennsylvania Hospital
Washington Square West Building
235 S. 8th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: (215) 829-6700
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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