Dr. James Thurmond, MD

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Dr. James Thurmond, MD
Dr. James Thurmond, MD is a neurosurgery doctor who practices in Lancaster, PA. He has been practicing for 15 years. Dr. Thurmond is affiliated with Good Samaritan Hospital and Lancaster General Hospital.

1671 Crooked Oak Dr

Lancaster, PA 17601

Contact Information

(717) 569-5331

Dr. James Thurmond, MD

Dr. James Thurmond, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Capital Blue Cross
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Humana
  • UPMC

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Top Care Areas


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Spine Fractures, Traumatic
very high
more than 98% of peers
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
very high
more than 94% of peers
Thoracic Spine Fracture
very high
more than 93% of peers

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  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Adult Brain Tumor
  • Aneurysm
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Infection
  • Brain Lesion
  • Brain Tumor
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cervical Spondylitis
  • Cervical Spondylolisthesis
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spine Disorders
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Extradural Hemorrhage
  • Fracture
  • Head and Neck Conditions
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Disc Degeneration
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Injuries
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Skull Base Tumor
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Compression Fracture
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Infections
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Rigidity
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Dislocation
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Disc Disorders
  • Thoracic Disorders
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Tumor
  • Ulnar Neuropathy
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors


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  • Brain Surgery
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Lysis of Adhesions (LOA)
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Surgery

Background Check

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • In Univ Sch Of Med
    Medical School | Graduated 2002

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Thurmond has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Thurmond's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Thurmond to family and friends
based on 35 total reviews (9 with comments)
Dr. Thurmond's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (9)
in Lititz, PA |
He was very helpful. Awesome surgeon. At first I thought he was unfriendly but then I realized that he is a very busy man. My surgery went well and I had instant relief with no pain any longer. Great job doctor!
Leola |
My experience was a very positive one. He takes the time to explain your condition and the treatment plan, he was very nice, I am so happy I picked a good doctor.
8/31/17 - One year ago, I was diagnosed with severe spinal stenosis and a seriously compromised lower spine. Dr Thurmond performed a lumbar laminectomy, spinal fusion, and disc repair. The surgery and recovery went smoothly. Dr. Thurmond visited each day staying with me as long as necessary. Thanks to Dr. Thurmond’s kindness, compassion, and surgical skills, I am now pain-free and fully able to perform my daily routine. I consider the whole experience a triumph and Dr. Thurmond my "hero".
Lititz, PA |
I had rib pain and very sharp pain when breathing. After going to pain mgt. and having trigger point injections and 2 epidurals and no relief I felt I needed a second opinion. Came to Dr. Thurmond and he saw my problem on my MRI. Had surgery on lower thoracic and now have no pain and I can breathe normal again without that severe pain. I owe all that relief to him. He is a terrific surgeon and rate him highly.
PA |
I broke my back in 2013 and have since had off and pain that has put me out for days at a time. It started happening more frequently so I went in with the first available appointment (which now makes sense why he has so many openings) and was basically dismissed like I was making up my pain. I had pictures to show when my back acts up how swollen and sideways I stand... he could have cared less, talked down to me as though I was a baby for complaining of discomfort. hes truly horrible-
Mifflinburg, PA |
I can't believe this doc has any stars. Zero compassion. Hopelessly disinterested. Completely disregarded my complaints of contintuing pain. When I finally switched to a different physician in the practice, not 1 but *3* RNs cheered me on with one stating that she secretly (or not so secretly) hopes that he experiences chronic, severe pain some day. So he might regret his utter disregard for his patients. It became crystal clear why he had immediate appointment availability.
in Mount Joy , Pa. |
Dr Thurmond, has a very poor bedside manner. He was dismissive and would not discuss any resolution to my problem. Referred by a Neurologist after having an EMG test that was diagnosed as a pinched nerve. Dr Thurmond, was 99% sure there was no pinched nerve. I asked what I should do, he had no suggestion nor did he examine me. " If it will make you happy" I'll order an MRI. Another surgeon did confirm with an xray and the MRI I have a pinched nerve. and need spinal fusion.
in Strasburg, PA |
Dr. Thurmond performed a double spinal fusion and decompression surgery to correct a slipped vertebrae and compressed nerve in my lumbar spine. Years of low back pain has greatly improved and the severe nerve pain down the leg is finally gone. He and his team were very attentive during recovery in the hospital and for all follow-up appointments, as well. I was treated with the utmost respect and care by Dr. Thurmond, his assistant Jaclyn and the other members of his team.
in Lebanon, PA |
Excellent experience! Went through disc replacement surgery. From the first consult appointment, X-ray, MRI, surgery, recovery, hospital stay, physical therapy and follow-up appointment, it was an excellent experience. I highly recommend Dr. Thurmond if you are experiencing disc pain or issues.
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Dr. Thurmond accepts 10 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Capital Blue Cross
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Coventry Health Care
    Coventry Health America PPO
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Community Blue PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • UPMC

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Hospitals where Dr. Thurmond has admitting privileges

Good Samaritan Hospital
252 S 4th St
Lebanon, PA 17042
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Lancaster General Hospital
555 N Duke St
Lancaster, PA 17602
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