Specialty Care


Penn State Hershey Neuroscience Institute in State College offers neurosurgery for conditions that affect functions of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, and spinal column. Neurosurgeon James Fick, M.D., uses an interdisciplinary team approach with Penn State Sports Medicine, part of Penn State Hershey Bone and Joint Institute.

Dr. Fick performs surgery at Mount Nittany Medical Center, using a microscope and computer-assisted, image-guided navigation techniques to accurately determine the exact location of brain abnormalities. To enhance patient safety, electrophysiology technicians monitor the neurological functions of the spinal cord and nerves during surgery. This approach enhances precision and improves surgical outcomes.

Diagnoses commonly treated


  • Chiari malformations
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intracerebral hemorrhages
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Tumors
       - Primary: gliomas and meningiomas
       - Metastases
       - Pituitary


  • Disk herniations
  • Hydromyelia and syringomyelia
  • Osteomyelitis, diskitis, epidural abscesses
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Tethered spinal cords
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Tumors
       - Metastases
       - Meningiomas
       - Schwannomas

Contact us

Neurosurgery patients are evaluated in the Penn State Sports Medicine office located at 1850 East Park Avenue. To schedule an appointment or for more information, please call 814-865-3566.