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James M. Schuster, MD, PhD

James M. Schuster, MD, PhD Surgeon

Residency Program Diector, Director of Neurotrauma
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Schuster is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

About Dr. James M. Schuster

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2009-2010, 2011-2012

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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Clinical Specialties


  • Neurosurgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Neurological Surgery, 2005

Clinical Expertise:

  • Back and Neck Herniated Disc Repair Surgery
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Metastasis
  • Brain Tumors
  • Cancer Clinical Trials
  • Cervical Myelopathy
  • Head Injury
  • Herniated Disc Pain
  • Kyphosis
  • Lumbar Disc Surgery
  • Metastatic Cancer
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Muscle Biopsy
  • Nerve Biopsy
  • Neuro-Oncology
  • Spinal Compression
  • Spinal Disc Degeneration
  • Spinal Injuries
  • Spinal Tumor
  • Spine - Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Spine Biopsy
  • Spine Disease
  • Spine Fracture
  • Spine Fusions
  • Spine Infection
  • Spine Instrumentation
  • Spine Metastasis
  • Spine Microsurgery
  • Spine Stabilization
  • Spine Surgery
  • Spine Trauma
  • Spondylosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Practice Locations and Appointments

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
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • 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: Duke University School of Medicine
Residency: University of Washington School of Medicine
Residency: Atkinson Morley's Hospital
Fellowship: University of Washington
Residency: University of Washington


Ao Spine International, International AO Spine North America Faculty, National Data monitoring and safety committee, NIH trial: Vertebroplasty for osteoporotic fractures, National Pennsylvania Neurosurgical Society, Local The American Association of Neurological Surgeons, National The Congress of Neurological Surgeons, National

Hospital Affiliation

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


Selected Publications:

Sullivan Matthew P, Smith Harvey E, Schuster James M, Donegan Derek, Mehta Samir, Ahn Jaimo: Spondylopelvic dissociation. The Orthopedic clinics of North America 45 (1): 65-75,2014.

Edelsohn Gail A, Schuster James M, Castelnovo Kim, Terhorst Lauren, Parthasarathy Meghna: Psychotropic Prescribing for Persons With Intellectual Disabilities and Other Psychiatric Disorders. Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.) : 2013.

Bohman Leif-Erik, Schuster James M: Decompressive craniectomy for management of traumatic brain injury: an update. Current neurology and neuroscience reports 13 (11): 392,2013.

Jaumard N V, Udupa J K, Siegler S, Schuster J M, Hilibrand A S, Hirsch B E, Borthakur A, Winkelstein B A: Three-dimensional kinematic stress magnetic resonance image analysis shows promise for detecting altered anatomical relationships of tissues in the cervical spine associated with painful radiculopathy. Medical hypotheses 81 (4): 738-44,2013.

Chen H Isaac, Lang Shih-Shan, Coyne Thomas M, Malhotra Neil R, Schuster James M: Intramedullary Spinal Sarcoidosis Masquerading as Cervical Stenosis. World neurosurgery : 2012.

Selden Nathan R, Origitano Thomas C, Burchiel Kim J, Getch Christopher C, Anderson Valerie C, McCartney Shirley, Abdulrauf Saleem I, Barrow Daniel L, Ehni Bruce L, Grady M Sean, Hadjipanayis Costas G, Heilman Carl B, Popp A John, Sawaya Raymond, Schuster James M, Wu Julian K, Barbaro Nicholas M: A national fundamentals curriculum for neurosurgery PGY1 residents: the 2010 Society of Neurological Surgeons boot camp courses. Neurosurgery 70 (4): 971-81; discussion 981,2012.

Choma Theodore J, Schuster James M, Norvell Daniel C, Dettori Joseph R, Chutkan Norman B: Fusion versus nonoperative management for chronic low back pain: do comorbid diseases or general health factors affect outcome? Spine 36 (21 Suppl): S87-95,2011.

Macyszyn Luke J, Gonzalez-Giraldo Ernesto, Aversano Michael, Heuer Gregory G, Zager Eric L, Schuster James M: Brachial plexus injury mimicking a spinal-cord injury. Evidence-based spine-care journal 1 (3): 51-4,2010.

Milby AH, Halpern CH, Guo W, Schuster JM, Gracias VC, Stein SC: Clearance of the cervical spine in clinically unevaluable trauma patients Spine : in press,2010.

Weiner GM, Lacey MR, Mackenzie L, Shah DP, Frangos SG, Grady MS, Kofke A, Levine J, Schuster JM, Le Roux PD: Decompressive craniectomy for elevated intracranial pressure and its effect on the cumulative ischemic burden and therapeutic intensity levels after severe traumatic brain injury Neurosurgery : in press,2010.

Academic Contact Info

HUP - 3 Silverstein
3400 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 615-4587
Fax: (215) 349-5534
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)

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