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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:

  • Back and Neck Herniated Disc Repair Surgery
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Metastases
  • 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)
  • 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:

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.

Su YS, Schuster JM, Smith DH, Stein SC: Cost Effectiveness of Biomarker Screening for Traumatic Brain Injury J Neurotrauma : 2019.

Bond MR, Versteeg A, Sahgal A, Rhines LD, Sciubba DM, Schuster JM, Weber MH, Fehlings MG, Lazary A, Clarke MJ, Boriani S, Bettegowda C, Arnold PM, Gokaslan ZL, Fisher CD: Surgical or Radiation Therapy for the Treatment of Cervical Spine Metastases: Results From the Epidemiology, Process, and Outcomes of Spine Oncology (EPOSO) Cohort Global Spine Journal : 2019.

Goel NJ, Agarwal P, Mallela AN, Abdullah KG, Ali ZS, Ozturk AK, Malhotra NR, Schuster JM, Chen HI: Liver disease is an independent predictor of poor 30-day outcomes following surgery for degenerative disease of the cervical spine. Spine Journal 19 (3): 448-460,2019.

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.

Hitti FL, McShane BJ, Yang AI, Rinehart C, Albayar A, Branche M, Malhotra NR, Janjua MB, Ali ZS, Schuster JM, Ozturk AK: Predictors of Failure of Nonoperative Management Following Subaxial Spine Trauma and Creation of Modified Subaxial Injury Classification System. World neurosurgery 122 : e1359-e1364,2019.

Ali ZS, Flanders TM, Ozturk AK, Malhotra NR, Leszinsky L, McShane BJ, Gardiner Di, Rupich K, Chen HI, Schuster J, Marcotte PJ, Kallan MJ, Grady MS, Fleisher LA, Welch WC: Enhanced recovery after elective spinal and peripheral nerve surgery: pilot study from a single institution. J Neurosurgery Spine : 1-9,2019.

Sharma N, Piazza M, Marcotte Pa, Welch W, Ozturk A Chen HI, Ali Z, Schuster J, Malhotra N: Implications of anesthetic approach, spinal versus general, for the treatment of spinal disc herniation. J Neurosurgery Spine 30 (1): 1-5,2018.

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 124 (17): 3536-3550,2018.

Academic Contact Info

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Phone: (215) 615-4587
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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