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James M. Schuster, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Site Coordinator for Neurosurgery-surgical clerkships, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Program Director- Neurosurgery Residency Program, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Pennsylvania
Associate Director, Neurocritical Care-Trauma, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Trauma Coordinator, Department of neurosurgery Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Cheif of Service Neurosurgery, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
Department: Neurosurgery

Contact information
HUP - 3 Silverstein
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-615-4587
Fax: 215-349-5534
BS (Chemistry)
University of South Dakota, 1986.
MD/PhD (Medicine/Pathology)
Duke University School of Medicine, 1993.
Post-Graduate Training
Intern in Surgery, University of Washington, 1993-1994.
Neurosurgery Resident, University of Washington, 1994-1997.
Neurosurgical Registrar, Atkinson Morley’s Hospital; London, England, 1997-1998.
Spine fellowship training, University of Washington, 1998-1998.
Research Fellow, University of Washington, 1998-2000.
Chief Resident/Acting Instructor in Neurosurgery, University of Washington, 2000-2001.
American Board of Neurological Surgery Primary Examination: 99th percentile (713- highest cumulative score), 1999.
Board Certified-American Board of Neurological Surgeons, 2005.
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Selected Publications

Bress A, Metzler S, Plastaras C, Nguyen C, Schuster JM, Pukenas B: "Scout No Scan" Technique Reduces Patient Radiation Exposure During CT-Guided Spine Biopsy. AJR Am J Roentgenol Aug 2017.

Hitti F, Hudgins, E, Zager E, Malhotra N, Chen I, Schuster JM: Intraoperative navigation is associated with reduced blood loss during C1-2 posterior cervical fixation. World Neurosurgery Aug 2017.

Piazza M, Sinha, S, Mallela A, Nayak N, Schuster JM, , Stein S: Post-operative bracing after pedicle screw fixation for thoracolumbar burst fractures: a cost-effectiveness study. . J Clin Neurosci Aug 2017.

Piazza M, Nayak N, Ali Z, Heuer G, Sanborn M, Stein S, Schuster JM, Grady MS, Malhotra NR: Trends in Resident Operative Teaching Opportunities for treatment of intracranial aneurysms. World Neurosurgery July 2017.

Pisapia Jared M, Nayak Nikhil R, Salinas Ryan D, Macyszyn Luke, Lee John Y K, Lucas Timothy H, Malhotra Neil R, Isaac Chen H, Schuster James M: Navigated odontoid screw placement using the O-arm: technical note and case series. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine 26(1): 10-18, Jan 2017.

Berger I, Nayak N, Schuster J, Lee J, Stein S, Malhotra NR: Microvascular Decompression Versus Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Trigeminal Neuralgia: A Decision Analysis. Cureus 9(1), Jan 2017.

Thawani Jayesh P, Pisapia Jared M, Singh Nickpreet, Petrov Dmitriy, Schuster James M, Hurst Robert W, Zager Eric L, Pukenas Bryan A: Three-Dimensional Printed Modeling of an Arteriovenous Malformation Including Blood Flow. World neurosurgery 90: 675-683.e2, Jun 2016.

Fehlings Michael G, Nater Anick, Tetreault Lindsay, Kopjar Branko, Arnold Paul, Dekutoski Mark, Finkelstein Joel, Fisher Charles, France John, Gokaslan Ziya, Massicotte Eric, Rhines Laurence, Rose Peter, Sahgal Arjun, Schuster James, Vaccaro Alexander: Survival and Clinical Outcomes in Surgically Treated Patients With Metastatic Epidural Spinal Cord Compression: Results of the Prospective Multicenter AOSpine Study. Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology 34(3): 268-76, Jan 2016.

Nayak Nikhil R, Pisapia Jared M, Abdullah Kalil G, Schuster James M: Minimally Invasive Surgery for Traumatic Fractures in Ankylosing Spinal Diseases. Global spine journal 5(4): 266-73, Aug 2015.

Schuster James, Lai Rose K, Recht Lawrence D, Reardon David A, Paleologos Nina A, Groves Morris D, Mrugala Maciej M, Jensen Randy, Baehring Joachim M, Sloan Andrew, Archer Gary E, Bigner Darell D, Cruickshank Scott, Green Jennifer A, Keler Tibor, Davis Thomas A, Heimberger Amy B, Sampson John H: A phase II, multicenter trial of rindopepimut (CDX-110) in newly diagnosed glioblastoma: the ACT III study. Neuro-oncology 17(6): 854-61, Jun 2015.

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