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James M. Schuster, MD, PhD

James M. Schuster, MD, PhD Physician

Residency Program Diector, Director of Neurotrauma Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery 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.

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

Clinical Specialties

Specialty:

  • 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
  • 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: 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

Memberships

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.

Research

Selected Publications:

Nater A, Tetreault LA, Kopjar B, Arnold PM, Dekutoski MB, Finkelstein JA, Fisher CG, France JC, Gokaslan ZL, Rhines LD, Rose PS, Sahgal A, Schuster JM, Vaccaro AR, Fehlings MG.: Predictive factors of survival in a surgical series of metastatic epidural spinal cord compression and complete external validation of 8 multivariate models of survival in a prospective North American multicenter study. Cancer : 2018.

Goel NJ, Agarwal P, Mallela AN, Abdullah KG, Ali ZS, Ozturk AK, Malhotra NR, Schuster JM, Chen HI.: Liver disease as an independent predictor of poor 30-day outcomes following surgery for degenerative disease of the cervical spine Spine Journal : 2018.

Branche MJ, Ozturk AK, Ramayya AG, McShane BJ, Schuster JM.: Neurologic Status on Presentation as Predictive Measurement in Success of Closed Reduction in Traumatic Cervical Facet Fractures. World Neurosurg : 344-349,2018.

Kumar MA, Cao W, Pham HP, Raju D, Nawalinski K, Maloney Wilensky E, Schuster JM, Zheng XL.: Relative Deficiency of Plasma ADAMTS13 Activity and Elevation of Human Neutrophil Peptides in Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury. J. Neurotrauma : 2018.

Piazza M, Sharma N, Osiemo B, McClintock S, Missimer E, Gardiner D, Maloney E, Callahan D, Smith JL, Welch W, Schuster J, Grady MS, Malhotra NR.: nitial Assessment of the Risk Assessment and Prediction Tool in a Heterogeneous Neurosurgical Patient Population. Neurosurgery : 2018.

Versteeg AL, Sahgal A, Rhines LD, Sciubba DM, Schuster JM, Weber MH, Varga PP, Boriani S, Bettegowda C, Fehlings MG, Clarke MJ, Arnold PM, Gokaslan ZL, Fisher CG; AOSpine Knowledge Forum Tumor.: Psychometric evaluation and adaptation of the Spine Oncology Study Group Outcomes Questionnaire to evaluate health-related quality of life in patients with spinal metastases. Cancer : 1828-1838,2018.

Ali ZS, Ma TS, Ozturk AK, Malhotra NR, Schuster JM, Marcotte PJ, Grady MS, Welch WC.: Pre-optimization of spinal surgery patients: Development of a neurosurgical enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) protocol. Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery : 2018.

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.

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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