Jefferson Health

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

Organizational Structural Design in Spine Care

The role of multimodal analgesia in spine surgery

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

The modified Japanese Orthopaedic Association scale: establishing criteria for mild, moderate and severe impairment in patients with degenerative cervical myelopathy

The Effect of Dynamic Versus Static Plating Systems on Fusion Rates and Complications in 1-Level and/or 2-Level Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion

The effect of substance P on an intervertebral disc rat organ culture model

Surgeon reported outcome measure for spine trauma: An international expert survey identifying parameters relevant for the outcome of subaxial cervical spine injuries

Lumbar spinal stenosis: How is it classified?

Clinical spine surgery focus issue

Distinguishing Pseudomeningocele, Epidural Hematoma, and Postoperative Infection on Postoperative MRI

The economic implications of an incidental durotomy