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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 annual Top Docs issues for 2018 and 2019

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:

  • Abnormal Vertebrae
  • Absent Vertebrae
  • Acoustic Neuroma (Vestibular Schwannoma)
  • Aneurysms
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Anterior Vertebral Body Tethering
  • Arteriovenous Malformations (AVM)
  • Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery in the Cervical Spine
  • Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery in the Lumbar Spine
  • Auditory Brainstem Implant
  • Back Injuries
  • Back Surgery
  • Biological Enhancement of Spinal Fusion
  • Bone Cyst
  • Bone Growth Stimulator
  • Bone Tumors
  • Brachial Plexus Injury
  • Brain Metastasis
  • Brain Surgery
  • Brain Tumors
  • Broken Coccyx
  • Bulging Disc
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • 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
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Chordoma
  • Coccyx Injury
  • Complex Spinal Deformities
  • Complex Spinal Surgery
  • Compression Fractures
  • Congenital Malformation of the Spine
  • Congenital Scoliosis
  • Cordotomy
  • Corpus Callosotomy Surgery
  • Craniocervical Junction Surgery
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Craniotomy
  • Decompression Laminectomy
  • Decompression Median Nerve At Elbow
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Degenerative Spine Conditions
  • Disc Arthroplasty
  • Disc Replacement
  • Disc Surgery
  • Diskectomy
  • Dorsal Column Stimulator
  • Dystonia
  • Endoscopic Fusion
  • Epidural Injection
  • Epilepsy
  • Epilepsy Surgery
  • Essential Tremor
  • Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion
  • Facet Injection
  • Facet Surgery
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS)
  • Flatback Syndrome Post Harrington Rods
  • Foot Drag
  • Gamma Knife
  • Germ Cell Tumors
  • Glioblastoma
  • Growing Rods
  • Head and Neck Osteoma
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intraspinal Abscess
  • Junctional Kyphosis
  • Juvenile Nasopharyngeal Angiofibroma (JNA)
  • Kyphosis
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Lateral Access Spine Surgery
  • Lesion of Popliteal Nerve
  • Lesion of Posterior Tibial Nerve
  • Lesion of Sciatic Nerve
  • Low Back Surgery
  • Lower Back Injuries
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Lumbar Scoliosis
  • Lumbar Spinal Fracture
  • Lumbar Spinal Fusion
  • Lumbar Spinal Injury
  • Lumbar Spinal Mass
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Spinal Tumor
  • Lumbar Stress Fracture
  • Lumbosacral Plexus Lesion
  • Lumbosacral Radiculopathy
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Microsurgery
  • Microvascular Decompression
  • Minimally Invasive Partial Lumbar Discectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Spinal Fusion
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Myelopathy
  • Myelopathy Surgery
  • Neck Masses and Lumps
  • Neck Tumors
  • Neurocutaneous Disorders
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1)
  • Neurogenic Claudication
  • Neuromuscular Scoliosis
  • Occipito-Cervical Fusion
  • Orbital Tumors
  • Osteoarthritis of the Spine
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Peripheral Nerve Tumors
  • Pituitary Surgery
  • Pituitary Tumors
  • Posterior Cervical Laminectomy and Fusion
  • Posterior Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Post-Laminectomy Kyphosis
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Prolactinoma
  • Radiculopathy
  • Revision of Spinal Surgery
  • Rhizotomy
  • Robotic Spine Surgery
  • Ruptured Intervertebral Disc
  • Sacral Nerve Stimulation
  • Sacroiliac Joint Block
  • Sacroiliac Joint Fusion
  • Sacroiliac Joint Surgery
  • Scheuermann Disease
  • Scheuermann's Kyphosis
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy
  • Skull Base Tumors
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Abscess
  • Spinal Abscess Surgery
  • Spinal Cord Cancer
  • Spinal Cord Compression
  • Spinal Cord Disorder
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator
  • Spinal Cord Surgery
  • Spinal Cyst Removal
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Spinal Dural Graft
  • Spinal Fracture
  • Spinal Fusion
  • 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
  • Spine Stapling
  • Spondylectomy
  • Spondyloarthropathy
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Spondylosis Surgery
  • Spondylosis With Myelopathy
  • Spondylosyndesis
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Surgery for Sciatica
  • Surgical Treatment of Myelopathy
  • Tarlov Cysts
  • Tethered Spinal Cord
  • Thoracic Disc Herniation
  • Thoracic Laminectomy
  • Thoracic Spinal Fracture
  • Thoracic Spinal Fusion
  • Thoracic Spinal Injury
  • Thoracic Spinal Mass
  • Thoracic Spinal Stenosis
  • Thoracic Spinal Tumor
  • Trigeminal Nerve Disorders
  • Ulnar Nerve Decompression
  • Ulnar Nerve Surgery
  • Vascular Malformations of the Spine
  • Vertebrae Surgery
  • Vertebral Epiphysitis
  • Vertebral Fracture
  • Vertebral Stapling
  • Visualase MRI-Guided Laser Ablation
  • X-Stop Surgery
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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 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 The American Association 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:

Baumann BC, Lustig RA, Mazzoni S, Grady MS, O'Malley BW, Lee JYK, Newman JG, Schuster JM, Both S, Lin A, Dorsey JF, Alonso-Basanta M, : A prospective clinical trial of proton therapy for chordoma and chondrosarcoma: Feasibility assessment J Surgical Oncology 120 (2): 200-205,2019.

Barzilai O, Versteeg AL, Goodwin CR, Sahgal A, Rhines LD, Sciubba DM, Schuster JM, Weber MH, Lazary A, Fehlings MG, Clarke MJ, Arnold PM, Boriani S, Bettegowda C, Gokaslan ZL, Fisher CG, Laufer I: Association of neurologic deficits with surgical outcomes and health-related quality of life after treatment for metastatic epidural spinal cord compression. Cancer : 2019.

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.: Initial Assessment of the Risk Assessment and Prediction Tool in a Heterogeneous Neurosurgical Patient Population. Neurosurgery 85 (1): 50-57,2019.

AlBayar A, Sullivan PZ, Blue R, Leonard J, Kung D, Ozturk AK, Chen HI, Schuster J.: Risk Of Vertebral Artery Injury And Stroke Following Blunt and Penetrating Cervical Spine Trauma: A Retrospective Review Of 729 Patients. World Neurosurg : 2019.

Su YS, Schuster JM, Smith DH, Stein SC: Cost Effectiveness of Biomarker Screening for Traumatic Brain Injury J Neurotrauma 36 (13): 2083-2091,2019.

Berger I, Piazza M, Sharma N, Glauser G, Osiemo B, McClintock SD, Lee JYK, Schuster JM, Ali Z, Malhotra NR.: Evaluation of the Risk Assessment and Prediction Tool for Postoperative Disposition Needs After Cervical Spine Surgery. Neurosurgery : 2019.

Charest-Morin R, Fisher CG, Versteeg AL, Sahgal A, Varga PP, Sciubba DM, Schuster JM, Weber MH, Clarke MJ, Rhines LD, Boriani S, Bettegowda C, Fehlings MG, Arnold PM, Gokaslan ZL, Dea N.: Clinical presentation, management and outcomes of sacral metastases: a multicenter, retrospective cohort study. Ann Transl Med. 7 (10): 214,2019.

Glauser G, Agarwal P, Ramayya AG, Chen HI, Lee JYK, Schuster JM, Osiemo B, Goodrich S, Smith LJ, McClintock SD, Malhotra NR.: Association of Surgical Overlap during Wound Closure with Patient Outcomes among Neurological Surgery Patients at a Large Academic Medical Center. Neurosurgery : 2019.

Caplan I, Sinha, S, Schuster J, Piazza M, Glauser G, Osiemo B, McClintock S, Welch W, Sharma N, Ozturk A, Malhotra N.: The Utility of cervical spine bracing as a postoperative adjunct to single-level anteriorcervical spine surgery Asian J. of Neurosurgery 14 (2): 461-66,2019.

Barzilai O, Versteeg AL, Sahgal A, Rhines LD, Bilsky MH, Sciubba DM, Schuster JM, Weber MH, Pal VP, Boriani S, Bettegowda C, Fehlings MG, Yamada Y, Clarke MJ, Arnold PM, Gokaslan ZL, Fisher CG, Laufer I: Survival, local control, and health-related quality of life in patients with oligometastatic and polymetastatic spinal tumors: A multicenter, international study. Cancer 125 (5): 770-778,2019.

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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