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Rachel Beth Brandstadter, MD

Rachel Beth Brandstadter, MD Physician

Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology

Dr. Brandstadter is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Neurology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Neurology, 2016

Clinical Expertise:

  • Abnormal Reflexes
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Arm Weakness
  • Arteriovenous Malformations (AVM)
  • Ataxia
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
  • Carotid Stenosis
  • Cerebellar Ataxia
  • Cerebellar Disease
  • Cerebral Aneurysm
  • Cerebrovascular Accident
  • Cervical Dystonia
  • Charcot Marie Tooth Disease (CMT)
  • CNS Vasculitis
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Concussion
  • Cranial Nerve Injuries
  • Encephalopathies
  • Epilepsy
  • Facial Droop
  • Facial Nerve Pain (Neuralgia)
  • Facial Pain
  • Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS)
  • Headache
  • Leg Weakness
  • Lip Droop
  • Lobar Atrophy of Brain
  • Medication Overuse Headache
  • Memory Disorders
  • Movement Disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Myasthenia Gravis (MG)
  • Myelitis
  • Nerve Root Pain
  • Nervous System Disorders
  • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Neuropathy
  • Nonruptured Cerebral Aneurysm
  • Orthostatic Hypotension
  • Paraplegia
  • Paresthesia
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Periventricular Leukomalacia
  • Positional Vertigo
  • Primary Cerebellar Degeneration
  • Primary Progressive Aphasia
  • Pseudotumor Cerebri
  • Quadriplegia
  • Radiculopathy
  • Sensory Impairment
  • Spinocerebellar Ataxia
  • Spinocerebellar Degeneration
  • Spinocerebellar Diseases
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Syncope
  • Tetraplegia
  • Tinnitus
  • Torticollis
  • Transient Ischemic Attack
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Tremor
  • Trigeminal Nerve Disorders
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia (Tic Douloureux)
  • Unsteady Gait
  • Vertigo
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • 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: Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Residency: Mount Sinai Medical Center
Fellowship: Mount Sinai Medical Center


American Academy of Neurology, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Brandstadter 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:

Rachel Brandstadter, Michelle Fabian, Victoria Leavitt, Stephen Krieger, Anusha Yeshokumar, Ilana Katz Sand, Sylvia Klineova, Claire S Riley, Christina Lewis, Gabrielle Pelle, Fred D Lublin, Aaron E Miller, James F Sumowski: Word-finding difficulty is a prevalent disease-related deficit in early multiple sclerosis Multiple Sclerosis Journal : 2019.

Rachel Brandstadter, Ilana Katz Sand, James F Sumowski: Beyond rehabilitation: A prevention model of reserve and brain maintenance in multiple sclerosis Multiple Sclerosis Journal 25 (10): 1372–1378,2019.

Klineova Sylvia, Brandstadter Rachel, Fabian Michelle T, Sand Ilana Katz, Krieger Stephen, Leavitt Victoria M, Lewis Christina, Riley Claire S, Lublin Fred, Miller Aaron E, Sumowski James F: Psychological resilience is linked to motor strength and gait endurance in early multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis (Houndmills, Basingstoke, England) : 1352458519852725,2019.

Leavitt Victoria M, Brandstadter Rachel, Fabian Michelle, Katz Sand Ilana, Klineova Sylvia, Krieger Stephen, Lewis Christina, Lublin Fred, Miller Aaron, Pelle Gabrielle, Buyukturkoglu Korhan, De Jager Phillip L, Li Peipei, Riley Claire S, Tsapanou Angeliki, Sumowski James F: Dissociable cognitive patterns related to depression and anxiety in multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis (Houndmills, Basingstoke, England) : 1352458519860319,2019.

Ntranos A, Ntranos V, Bonnefil V, Liu J, Kim-Schulze S, He Y, Zhu Y, Brandstader R, Watson CT, Sharp AJ, Katz Sand I, Casaccia P.: Fumarates target the metabolic-epigenetic interplay of brain-homing T cells in multiple sclerosis. Brain 142 (3): 647-661,2019.

Katz Sand IB, Zhu Y, Ntranos A, Clemente J, Cekanaviciute E, Brandstadter R, Crabtree-Hartman E, Singh S, Bencosme Y, Debelius J, Knight R, Cree B, Baranzini S, Casaccia P.: Disease-modifying therapies alter gut microbial composition in multiple sclerosis. Neurology: Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation 2019 Jan; 6(1): e517 6 (1): e517,2019.

Shoirah Hazem, Ntranos Achilles, Brandstadter Rachel, Liu Yangbo, Medina Elisha, Kwan Jamie, Krieger Stephen: Education Research: Resident education through adult learning in neurology: Implementation and impact. Neurology 91 (5): 234-238,2018.

Brandstadter R, Katz Sand I.: The use of natalizumab for multiple sclerosis Neuropsychiatr. Dis. Treat. 13 : 1691-1702,2017.

Brandstadter R, Brody J, Morgello S, Motiwala R, Shin S, Lublin F, Zhou L.: Primary Neurolymphomatosis Presenting with Polyradiculoneuropathy Affecting One Lower Limb. J Clin Neuromusc Dis 17 : 6-12,2015.

Academic Contact Info

3400 Spruce Street, 3 West Gates Building
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)