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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

Dr. Schuster is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. James M. Schuster

Recognized by America's Top Doctors for 2017

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2009 - 2012, 2015 - 2018

Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's May 2018 Top Docs issue


Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Penn Medicine.

Overall Ratings

Patient Comments

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
  • Spinal Compression
  • Spinal Disc Degeneration
  • Spinal Fusion Surgery
  • Spinal Injuries
  • Spinal Tumor
  • Spine - Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Spine Biopsy
  • Spine Disease
  • Spine Fracture
  • 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
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • 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 Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • 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 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:

Bress A, Metzler S, Plastaras C, Nguyen C, Schuster JM, Pukenas B: "Scout No Scan" Technique Reduces Patient Radiation Exposure During CT-Guided Spine Biopsy. AJR Am J Roentgenol : 2017.

Hitti F, Hudgins, E, Zager E, Malhotra N, Chen I, Schuster JM: Intraoperative navigation is associated with reduced blood loss during C1-2 posterior cervical fixation World Neurosurgery : 2017.

Piazza M, Sinha, S, Mallela A, Nayak N, Schuster JM, , Stein S: Post-operative bracing after pedicle screw fixation for thoracolumbar burst fractures: a cost-effectiveness study . J Clin Neurosci : 2017.

Piazza M, Nayak N, Ali Z, Heuer G, Sanborn M, Stein S, Schuster JM, Grady MS, Malhotra NR: Trends in Resident Operative Teaching Opportunities for treatment of intracranial aneurysms. World Neurosurgery : 2017.

Pisapia Jared M, Nayak Nikhil R, Salinas Ryan D, Macyszyn Luke, Lee John Y K, Lucas Timothy H, Malhotra Neil R, Isaac Chen H, Schuster James M: Navigated odontoid screw placement using the O-arm: technical note and case series. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine 26 (1): 10-18,2017.

Berger I, Nayak N, Schuster J, Lee J, Stein S, Malhotra NR: Microvascular Decompression Versus Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Trigeminal Neuralgia: A Decision Analysis. Cureus 9 (1): 2017.

Thawani Jayesh P, Pisapia Jared M, Singh Nickpreet, Petrov Dmitriy, Schuster James M, Hurst Robert W, Zager Eric L, Pukenas Bryan A: Three-Dimensional Printed Modeling of an Arteriovenous Malformation Including Blood Flow. World neurosurgery 90 : 675-683.e2,2016.

Fehlings Michael G, Nater Anick, Tetreault Lindsay, Kopjar Branko, Arnold Paul, Dekutoski Mark, Finkelstein Joel, Fisher Charles, France John, Gokaslan Ziya, Massicotte Eric, Rhines Laurence, Rose Peter, Sahgal Arjun, Schuster James, Vaccaro Alexander: Survival and Clinical Outcomes in Surgically Treated Patients With Metastatic Epidural Spinal Cord Compression: Results of the Prospective Multicenter AOSpine Study. Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology 34 (3): 268-76,2016.

Nayak Nikhil R, Pisapia Jared M, Abdullah Kalil G, Schuster James M: Minimally Invasive Surgery for Traumatic Fractures in Ankylosing Spinal Diseases. Global spine journal 5 (4): 266-73,2015.

Schuster James, Lai Rose K, Recht Lawrence D, Reardon David A, Paleologos Nina A, Groves Morris D, Mrugala Maciej M, Jensen Randy, Baehring Joachim M, Sloan Andrew, Archer Gary E, Bigner Darell D, Cruickshank Scott, Green Jennifer A, Keler Tibor, Davis Thomas A, Heimberger Amy B, Sampson John H: A phase II, multicenter trial of rindopepimut (CDX-110) in newly diagnosed glioblastoma: the ACT III study. Neuro-oncology 17 (6): 854-61,2015.

Academic Contact Info

HUP - 3 Silverstein
3400 Spruce Street

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

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