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Ji-Suk Kristen Yoo, DO

Ji-Suk Kristen Yoo, DO Physician

Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurosurgery

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Clinical Specialties

Clinical Expertise:

  • Abnormal Vertebrae
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Anterior Vertebral Body Tethering
  • Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery in the Cervical Spine
  • Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery in the Lumbar Spine
  • Back Surgery
  • Biological Enhancement of Spinal Fusion
  • Broken Coccyx
  • Bulging Disc
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • 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
  • Complex Spinal Deformities
  • Complex Spinal Surgery
  • Compression Fractures
  • Congenital Scoliosis
  • Cordotomy
  • Decompression Laminectomy
  • Degenerative Spine Conditions
  • Disc Arthroplasty
  • Disc Replacement
  • Disc Surgery
  • Diskectomy
  • Dorsal Column Stimulator
  • Facet Injection
  • Facet Surgery
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS)
  • Flatback Syndrome Post Harrington Rods
  • Foot Drag
  • Foot Drop
  • Growing Rods
  • Herniated Disc
  • Instrumented Anterior Cervical Discectomy, Fusion (ACDF)
  • Intraspinal Abscess
  • Junctional Kyphosis
  • Kyphosis
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Lateral Access Spine Surgery
  • Low Back Surgery
  • Lumbar Scoliosis
  • Lumbar Spinal Fusion
  • Lumbar Stress Fracture
  • Lumbosacral Plexus Lesion
  • Lumbosacral Radiculopathy
  • Magnetic Expansion Control
  • Mehta Casting
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Microsurgical Laminoplasty
  • Minimally Invasive Lumbar Discectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Partial Lumbar Discectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Spinal Fusion
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Myelopathy
  • Myelopathy Surgery
  • Neurogenic Claudication
  • Neuromuscular Scoliosis
  • Occipito-Cervical Fusion
  • Posterior Cervical Laminectomy and Fusion
  • Posterior Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Posterior Lumbar Laminectomy With Fusion, Without Instrumentation
  • Posterior Lumbar Laminectomy With Instrumentation and Fusion
  • Post-Laminectomy Kyphosis
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy
  • Revision of Spinal Surgery
  • Rhizotomy
  • Rigo Cheneau Bracing
  • Robotic Spine Surgery
  • Ruptured Intervertebral Disc
  • Sacroiliac Joint Block
  • Sacroiliac Joint Fusion
  • Sacroiliac Joint Surgery
  • Sacroiliitis
  • Scheuermann Disease
  • Scheuermann's Kyphosis
  • Schroth Therapy
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy
  • Spinal Abscess
  • Spinal Abscess Surgery
  • Spinal Cord Compression
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator
  • Spinal Cord Surgery
  • Spinal Cyst Removal
  • Spinal Dural Graft
  • Spinal Fracture
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Meningioma
  • Spinal Microsurgery
  • Spinal Reconstruction
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Tethering for Scoliosis
  • Spine Decompression
  • Spine Deformity
  • Spine Deformity Correction Surgery
  • Spine Injuries
  • Spine Stapling
  • Spondylectomy
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Spondylosis Surgery
  • Spondylosis With Myelopathy
  • Spondylosyndesis
  • Surgery for Sciatica
  • Surgical Treatment of Myelopathy
  • Tarlov Cysts
  • Tethered Spinal Cord
  • Thoracic Disc Herniation
  • Thoracic Laminectomy
  • Vascular Malformations of the Spine
  • Vertebrae Surgery
  • Vertebral Epiphysitis
  • Vertebral Stapling
  • Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib
  • 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:
Residency: Saint Barnabas Medical Center

Memberships

American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, National American Osteopathic Association, National North American Neuromodulation Society, International

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Yoo 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:

Yoo K, Lew S, Doyle W: The Impact of Subcortical Volumes and Cortical Thicknesses on Outcome of Resective Epilepsy Surgery. Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting - San Diego, CA : 2016.

Miekisiak G, Yoo K, Sandler AL, Kulik TB, Chen JF, Winn HR: The role of adenosine in hypercarbic hyperemia: in vivo and in vitro studies in adenosine 2(A) receptor knockout and wild-type mice. J Neurosurg. 110 (5): 981-8,2009.

Yoo KJ, Kung D, Sandler A, Winn HR.: Effects of Prostaglandin (PGE) on Reactivity of Non-pressurized Cerebral Arterioles. XXIIIrd International Symposium on Cerebral Blood Flow, Metabolism and Function - Osaka, Japan. : 2007.

Grzegorz Jerzy Miekisiak, Alexander Beylin, David Kung, JiSuk Kristen Yoo, Sidhartha Chandela, Adam Lance Sandler, and H. Richard Winn: Reduction of Cerebral Blood Flow (CBF) in Adenosine (ADO) Knock-out (KO) Mice during Hypoxia. FASEB J. 21 : 960.25,2007.

David Kung, Alexander Beylin, Grzegorz Jerzy Miekisiak, Adam Lance Sandler, JiSuk Kristen Yoo, Nicholas Dale and H. Richard Winn: Changes in Brain Extracellular Adenosine (ADOe ) during Acute Hypoxia. FASEB J. 21 : 960.22,2007.

Bernstein AM, Willcox BJ, Tamaki H, Kunishima N, Suzuki M, Willcox DC, Yoo JS, Perls TT: First autopsy study of an Okinawan centenarian: absence of many age-related diseases. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 59 (11): 1195-9,2004.

Academic Contact Info

Philadelphia VA Medical Center
3900 Woodland Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)