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Alexander R. Vaccaro, MD, PhD
Richard H. Rothman Professor and Chairman
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Rothman Institute
Philadelphia, PA

About Alexander R. Vaccaro, MD, PhD

Dr. Alexander Vaccaro is the Richard H. Rothman Professor and Chairman in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Professor of Neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University’s Sidney Kimmel Medical College in Philadelphia, PA. He is also President of the Rothman Institute, a position he has held since 2014.

In addition, Dr. Vaccaro is Co-Director of the Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center of the Delaware Valley and Co-Director of Spine Surgery and the Spine Fellowship program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Dr. Vaccaro received his medical degree and graduated with distinction from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. He completed a year of surgical internship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, followed by an orthopaedic surgery residency at Thomas Jefferson University. He then completed his spine fellowship at the University of San Diego. Adding to his long list of academic achievements, Dr. Vaccaro earned his doctorate degree in the field of spinal trauma and received a Master of Business Administration with honors from Temple University’s Fox School of Business in Philadelphia.

Throughout his career, Dr. Vaccaro has used his expertise to further advancements in the field of spinal disorders. He is a respected author, having published more than 650 peer-reviewed publications, 195 non-peer reviewed publications, and more than 300 book chapters. He has also served as editor for more than 50 textbooks.

Dr. Vaccaro is the past President of the American Spinal Injury Association and the Association for Collaborative Spine Research.

Articles Written by Alexander R. Vaccaro, MD, PhD

Sciatica Surgery

One of the most common surgeries to relieve sciatica caused by a herniated disc is a discectomy. Dr. Vaccaro explains that this can be done with a minimally invasive procedure.

Case Studies Presented by Alexander R. Vaccaro, MD, PhD

High-speed Motor Vehicle Accident: 24-Year-Old

On Behalf of The Spine Trauma Study Group
Presented by: A. Vaccaro MD, PhD, D. Anderson MD
The patient is a 24-year-old woman, who was a rear passenger (properly restrained) in a high-speed motor vehicle accident.

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Disclosed Relationships

Grants/Research Support
AO, Medtronics, Stryker Spine
Stock/Shareholder
Replication Medica, Globus, K-2 Medical, Paradigm Spine, Stout Medical, Spine Medica, Comutatinoal Biodynamics, Progressive Spinal Technologies, Spinology, Orthovita, Vertiflex, Small Bone Innovations, Disk Motion Technology, NeuCore, Cross Current, Syndicom, In Vivo, Flagship Surgical, Pearl Diver, Advanced Spinal Intellectual Properties, Bonovo Orthopaedics, Electrolux, Gamma Spine, Location Based Intelligence, FlowPharma
Other Financial or Material Support
DePuy, Medtronics, Biomet Spine, Stryker/Stryker Biotech, Osteotech, Globus, Aesculap, Nuvasive
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