Dr. James M. Schuster, MD, PhD

Dr. James M. Schuster, MD, PhD

Neurosurgeon at Penn Medicine

Meet Dr. James M. Schuster, MD, PhD

Dr. Schuster is a board-certified and fellowship-trained neurosurgeon with Penn Medicine.

His clinical expertise includes a full range of spinal conditions, and he offers an array of cutting-edge treatments (such as minimally invasive spine surgery) designed to help patients experience lasting relief.

Dr. Schuster at a Glance

  • Dr. Schuster is the director of neurotrauma, associate professor orthopaedic surgery, and associate professor of neurosurgery.
  • He was recognized by Best Doctors in America (2011-2012).

Dr. Schuster strives to deliver outstanding care to every patient he treats.

Dr. Schuster is a member of Penn Medicine.

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Philadelphia, PA

How Dr. James M. Schuster, MD, PhD Can Help You


  • Neurosurgeon


  • MD, Duke University
  • Residency, University of Washington school of Medicine
  • Residency, Atkinson Morley's Hospital
  • Residency, University of Washington
  • Fellowship, University of Washington


  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Disc Degeneration
  • Herniated Disc / Bulging Disc
  • Kyphosis
  • Myelopathy
  • Spinal Diseases
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Spinal Infections
  • Spinal Injuries
  • Spinal Trauma
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Spondylosis


  • Biopsy
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lumbar Disc Surgery
  • Microsurgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Instrumentation
  • Spinal Stabilization
  • Spine Surgery

What Patients are Saying About Dr. James M. Schuster, MD, PhD

  • Dr Schuster is a wonderful doctor and I would HIGHLY recommend him to everyone I know with confidence.
  • The doctor and training doctor were wonderful. I would recommend the doctor and hospital to everyone and praise them all.

Accolades for Dr. James M. Schuster, MD, PhD

Professional Distinctions

  • Residency Program Director
  • Director of Neurotrauma
  • Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Professional Affiliations

  • AO Spine International, International
  • AO Spine North America Faculty, National
  • Data Monitoring and Safety Committee, NIH trial: Vertebroplasty for Osteoporotic Fractures, National
  • Pennsylvania Neurosurgical Society, Local
  • The American Association of Neurological Surgeons, National
  • The Congress of Neurological Surgeons, National

Board Certifications

  • Neurological Surgery


  • Best Doctors in American 2009-2010, 2011-2012

Office Information for Dr. James M. Schuster, MD, PhD

Penn Medicine University City
3737 Market Street
Eighth Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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Primary Location:

Penn Medicine University City
3737 Market Street
Eighth Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Insurance Accepted

  • Most Insurance Plans Accepted

Additional Locations

Penn Neurosurgery Westtown
210 Willowbrook Lane
West Chester, PA 19382
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Profile last updated: April 13, 2018. This information was supplied by or on behalf of the provider.