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Timothy H. Lucas, II, MD, PhD

Timothy H. Lucas, II, MD, PhD Surgeon

Co-Director, Penn Center for Neuro-Engineering and Therapeutics Director, Translational Neuromodulation Laboratory Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Dr. Lucas is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Neurosurgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Neurological Surgery, 2016

Clinical Expertise:

  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Metastasis
  • Brain Tumors
  • Cancer Clinical Trials
  • Cancer Surgery
  • Cosmetic Laser Surgery
  • Endoscopic Surgery
  • Epilepsy Clinical Trials
  • Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Pain Relief Clinical Trials
  • Spinal Cord Cancer
  • Spine Surgery
  • Sports Injury
  • Stroke Clinical Trials
  • Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Clinical Trials

Description of Clinical Expertise

Epilepsy Surgery
Temporal Lobectomy
Minimally invasive neurosurgery
Laser Neurosurgery
Endoscopic Surgery
Sports Neurosurgery
Cortisectomy / Topectomy
Corpus Callostomy / Functional Disconnection Surgery
Trigeminal neuralgia
Microvascular decompression
Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
Movement Disorder Surgery (Parkinson's Disease, Essential Tremor, Dystonia)
Glioma Surgery (Low Grade, High Grade, Adult, Pediatric)
Insular Lesions
Brain Mapping (Speech, Motor, Sensory; cortical and subcortical)
Extraoperative Brain Mapping
Brain-machine interface / Brain-computer interface
Spine Disorders
Spinal Fusion
Skull base surgery
Brain Plasticity
Eloquent Cortex Lesions (motor, sensory, speech, visual cortex)
Traumatic brain and spine injury

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)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • 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
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Vetrans Choice Program (6/2018 Not Active)

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Florida
Residency: University of Washington Hospital and Clinics
Fellowship: University of Washington Hospital and Clinics
Fellowship: UCSF Medical Center and Hospital


Alpha Omega Alpha, National American Association for the Advancement of Science, International American Association of Neurological Surgeons, International American Board of Neurological Surgeons, National American College of Surgeons, National Congress of Neurological Surgeons, International International Society of Electricians and Electrical Engineers (IEEE), International National Institutes of Health / National Institute for Neurological Disorder and Stroke, National National Institutes of Health, National National Institutes of Health, National National Science Foundation, National Neurosurgery Research Career Development, National Pennsylvania Neurosurgical Society, Local Society for Innovation in Neuroscience and Neurosurgery, National Society for Innovation in Neuroscience and Neurosurgery, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Lucas 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.


Description of Research Expertise:

Brain-machine interface / Brain-computer interface
Motor Cortex Functional Organization
Voluntary Movement
Speech and Language Organization
Cortical Plasticity
Basal Ganglia - Cortical Interactions
Cortical/Basal Ganglia Stimulation
Cortical Spike and Local Field Recording
Basal Ganglia Spike and Local Field Recording
Spinal Cord Stimulation and Mapping

Selected Publications:

Chen H and TH Lucas: Advances in DBS surgery Advances in Functional Neurosurgery, Thieme 1 (1): 2018.

Buch V, C Brandon, A Khambhati, A Richardson, BS Bassett, TH Lucas: "Increased dynamic modularity of the fronto-temporo-limbic network precedes enhanced task performance". American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting, New Orleans : 2018.

Ghenbot Y, A Richardson, X Liu, H Hao, S DeLuccia, G Boyek, J Van der Spiegel, TH Lucas: "Augmenting perception through electrical stimulation of adult somatosensory cortex" Association for Clinical and Translational Science, Annual Meeting, Washington D.C. : 2018.

Mallela A, K Abdullah, AG Richardson, TH Lucas: Topical Vancomycin Reduces Surgical-Site Infections After Craniotomy: A Prospective, Controlled Study. Neurosurgery : 2017.

Richardson AG, X Liu, PK Weigand, ED Hudgins, JM Stein, S Das, A Proekt, MB Kelz, M Zhang, J Van der Spiegel: Hippocampal gamma slow oscillation coupling in macaques during sedation and sleep Hippocampus 27 (11): 1125-39,2017.

Lucas TH, X Liu, M Zhang, S Sritharan, I Planell, Y Ghenbot, S Torres, C Brandon, J Van der Spiegel, AG Richardson: Strategies for autonomous sensor-brain interfaces for closed loop sensory reanimation of paralyzed limbs Neurosurgery 64 (CN_Suppl_1)): 11-20,2017.

Ung H, B Litt, A Nanivadekar, C Cazares, L Kini, J Wagenaar, D Becker, M Kahana, TH Lucas, G Baltuch, M Sperling, A Sharan, K Davis: Interictal epileptiform activity outside the seizure onset zone impacts cognition. Brain 140 (8): 2157-2168,2017.

Ezzyat Y, JF Burke, DF Levy, A Lyalenko, MR Sperling, AD Sharan, GA Worrell, MT Kucewicz, BC Jobst, KA Davis, TH Lucas, RE Gross, BC Lega, JM Stein, S Das, R Gorniak, DS Rizzuto, MJ Kahana: Direct Brain Stimulation Modulates Encoding States and Memory Performance in Humans Current Biology 27 (9): 1251-8,2017.

Attiah M, J De Vries, AG Richardson, TH Lucas: A rodent model of dynamic facial reanimation using functional electrical stimulation Frontiers in Neuroscience 11 : 193,2017.

Abdullah KG, Y Li, N Nayak, J Thawani, R Balu, TH Lucas: Long term utility and complication profile of open craniotomy for biopsy in patients with idiopathic encephalitis J Clinical Neuroscience 37 : 69-72,2017.

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Academic Contact Info

3400 Spruce Street
3rd Floor Silverstein

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 615-0578
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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