James Schuster

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


  • Neurosurgeon

Languages Spoken

  • English


  • MD – Duke University
  • Residency – University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Residency – Atkinson Morley's Hospital, London
  • Fellowship – University of Washington


  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Brain Tumors
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Herniated Disc/Bulging Disc
  • Kyphosis
  • Myelopathy
  • Osteoporosis
  • Spinal Fracture
  • Spinal Infections
  • Spinal Trauma
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Spondylolysis
  • Trauma


  • Biopsy
  • Disc Surgery/Replacement
  • Lumbar Disc Surgery/Replacement
  • 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.

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

Board Certifications

  • American Board of 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 Driving Directions

Primary Location

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

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Insurance Accepted

  • Most Insurance Plans Accepted

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