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Roderick C. Spears, MD

Roderick C. Spears, MD Physician

Medical Director of Neurology Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology

Dr. Spears is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Roderick C. Spears

Recognized by America's Top Doctors for 2017

Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issues from 2017 to 2019

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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Clinical Specialties


  • Neurology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Neurology, 2010

Additional Certification:

  • Headache Medicine, United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties, 2010

Clinical Expertise:

  • Bell's Palsy
  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
  • Botox for Migraines
  • Cerebral Aneurysm
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak Headache
  • Cerebrovascular Accident
  • Cervical Dystonia
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Concussion
  • Cranial Nerve Injuries
  • Facial Droop
  • Facial Nerve Pain (Neuralgia)
  • Facial Pain
  • Facial Spasm
  • Facial Tingling
  • Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS)
  • Headache
  • Headache Associated With Sexual Activity
  • Hypnic Headache
  • Medication Overuse Headache
  • Memory Disorders
  • Nonruptured Cerebral Aneurysm
  • Paroxysmal Hemicrania
  • Primary Cough Headache
  • Primary Exercise Headache
  • Primary Stabbing Headache
  • Primary Thunderclap Headache
  • Pseudotumor Cerebri
  • Suna Headache
  • Sunct Headache
  • Syncope
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Trigeminal Nerve Disorders
  • 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: Wayne State University School of Medicine
Residency: Akron General Medical Center
Residency: Albert Einstein - Montefiore Medical Center
Fellowship: Saint Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center


American Academy of Neurology, International American Headache Society, National International Headache Society, International

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Spears is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Roderick Spears: It's About Time The Pulse/ WHYY radio : 2019.

Ilene Raymond Rush: Brain Pain: Migraines affect how the brain processes pain, light, sound, and smell Costco Connection : 85,2018.

AAN News staff: Participant Credits Diversity Leadership Program with Reducing Burnout, More AAN News, Publication of the American Academy of Neurology 32 (9): 26,2018.

Jacob Williamson-Rea: Ice Cream Ailments Penn Today Newsletter : 2018.

Ilene Raymond Rush: Migraines Plague Millions, Especially Women – Now There’s New Hope Philadelphia Inquirer/ : 2017.

Alaina Tedesco: Novel Agent prevents Chronic Migraine in trial. : 2017.

Spears Roderick C: Low-pressure/spinal fluid leak headache. Current pain and headache reports 18 (6): 425,2014.

Spears Roderick C: Is gabapentin an effective treatment choice for hemicrania continua? The journal of headache and pain 10 (4): 271-5,2009.

Tepper Stewart J, Spears Roderick C: Acute treatment of migraine. Neurologic clinics 27 (2): 417-27,2009.

Spears Roderick C: Efficacy of botulinum toxin type A in new daily persistent headache. The journal of headache and pain 9 (6): 405-6,2008.

Academic Contact Info

Penn Medicine Valley Forge
1001 Chesterbrook Blvd.

Berwyn, PA 19312
Phone: (610) 576-7700
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)