Jefferson University Hospitals

Physician Profile

Alexander Vaccaro, MD, PhD

Academic Title: Professor
Richard H. Rothman Professor and Chair - Orthopedic Surgery
Professor - Neurosurgery
Co-Director - Spinal Cord Injury Center
Co-Chief - Spine Surgery
President - Rothman Institute

Orthopaedic Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgery - Spine

Make An Appointment

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Office Locations

925 Chestnut Street
5th Floor
Philadelphia PA 19107
Phone: (800) 321-9999

Medical Services

Years in Practice


Board Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Hospital Affiliation / Admitting Privileges

  • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
  • Methodist Hospital Division of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Awards and Honors

Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs 2016,2015,2014,2013,2012,2011,2010


Practice limited to spine patients


  • Georgetown University School of Medicine, Medical School


  • Cedars Sinai Medical Center


  • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital


  • University of California, San Diego Medical Center

Recent Publications

Evidence-based prevention and treatment of osteoporosis after spinal cord injury: a systematic review

A New Partnership

Universal disease-specific outcome instruments for spine trauma: a global perspective on relevant parameters to evaluate clinical and functional outcomes of thoracic and lumbar spine trauma patients

Comparative effectiveness of treatments for chronic low back pain

Development of the AOSpine Patient Reported Outcome Spine Trauma (AOSpine PROST): a universal disease-specific outcome instrument for individuals with traumatic spinal column injury

Measurement of kyphosis and vertebral body height loss in traumatic spine fractures: an international study

Reliability assessment of AOSpine thoracolumbar spine injury classification system and Thoracolumbar Injury Classification and Severity Score (TLICS) for thoracolumbar spine injuries: results of a multicentre study

The value of CT and MRI in the classification and surgical decision-making among spine surgeons in thoracolumbar spinal injuries

P15 peptide stimulates chondrogenic commitment and endochondral ossification

Bringing Clarity to the Treatment of Common Spinal Disorders

Demineralized bone matrix in anterior cervical discectomy and fusion: a systematic review

Evidence-Based Recommendations for Spine Surgery

Update on subaxial cervical trauma classification systems

Comparing the Treatment Algorithm and Complications for Patients Undergoing an Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion at a Physician-Owned Specialty Hospital and a University-Owned Tertiary Care Hospital

Psychometric properties of the 30-m walking test in patients with degenerative cervical myelopathy: results from two prospective multicenter cohort studies

Association of pain, social support and socioeconomic indicators in patients with spinal cord injury in Iran

A New Partnership

The role of multimodal analgesia in spine surgery

Organizational Structural Design in Spine Care

Impact of elevated body mass index and obesity on long-term surgical outcomes for patients with degenerative cervical myelopathy: Analysis of a combined prospective dataset