Dr. Alexander Vaccaro, MD

Orthopedic Surgery •  Male • Age 58

  
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

Dr. Alexander Vaccaro, MD is a Orthopedic Surgery Specialist in Philadelphia, PA and has over 33 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Vaccaro has more experience with Spine than other specialists in his area. He graduated from Georgetown University School Of Medicine medical school in 1987. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Jefferson Methodist Hospital and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital—Jefferson Health. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Vaccaro to book an appointment.


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Rothman Orthopaedic Institute

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(215) 259-5822
Rothman Orthopaedic Institute925 Chestnut St Fl 5 Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Dr. Vaccaro is a highly skilled Medical Professional with attention to detail and precision. He has a wonderful bedside manner and personality. He performed lumbar fusion surgery in August 2019, and I was recovering extremely well. It is only due to a recent automobile collision that I have come to visit him again. I am confident and trust Dr. Vaccaro. I am sure the outcome of this surgery will go as well as my previous one. I highly recommend Dr. Vaccaro and Rothman Orthopedic.
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Tom Miriello – Jun 11, 2020
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Dr. Vaccarro is very thorough and to the point. I have 100% confidence in him for my upcoming surgery.
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Deborah Vesci – Jun 04, 2020
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Dr. Vaccaro and his team provided exceptional care. Dr. Vaccaro explained everything thoroughly and thoughtfully. I feel great today 6 weeks after surgery.
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Sean Linehan – May 13, 2020
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Dr Bacardi and all his staff are excellent. Yo could not be in better hands
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Tom lutz – May 08, 2020
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After witnessing the amazing results of my son’s Cervical Fusion Surgery back in January 2019, I didn’t think twice about who I wanted to do my surgery once the back injections were no longer effective. February 2020 I had Lumbar Decompression Surgery. Two words to describe PAIN FREE!!! He’s a Godsend, he‘s amazing, he’s got skills! He was informative, made us both feel comfortable and confident that our surgeries would be successful and true enough they were. I thank God for him. ??????
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May 07, 2020
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Fantastic surgeon and person. I am a new person.
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Dr. Ed Beck – Apr 23, 2020
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I had a telemedicine appt with Dr Vaccaro this Friday and felt not only confident that he cares about making me better he also knows exactly what to do to make my pain go away! I am looking forward to my procedure on Thursday. I believe Dr Vaccaro and his team will be with me on my journey to recovery! So far the entire team has made me feel valued and comfortable. Taking their time to let me ask questions and get answers I feel like they truly understand. It’s so important to feel this confident!! I am looking forward to moving forward and taking the next step to pain relief!! Thank you to Dr Vaccaro and his entire team ??
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Christine Miller – Apr 19, 2020
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Great doctor, he knows exactly what he is doing, very understanding and compassionate.
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Mario Leo – Apr 16, 2020
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I am 65 and developed a back issue early in 2019. I could only manage to walk 4 blocks before back tightness and tingling in my feet made me sit and rest. I could not stand more then 5 minutes at a time. 5 months of physical therapy resulted in minimum improvement. Dr vaccaro performed a double spinal fusion and decompression cleanup in January 2020. I spent two nights in the hospital and was able to get up three flights of stairs once home. I started walks around my block with help from my family. By week two I was doing this walk solo. By week three I was off all prescription pain meds and used just tylanol. Post surgery two months I have zero back pain and can walk 4 miles. Dr Vacarro have me my quality of life back. A great surgeon and communicator.
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Apr 10, 2020
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I was able to do tele-medicine today for my back fusion update, it’s a phone appointment with your doctor. Instead of driving to philly and take up space or supplies in the hospital, I got just as good feedback from my Dr. Vaccaro as if I was face to face with him. If your able to do this for yourself or your family, take advantage of it.
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Mar 21, 2020
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The Visit was very good You appointment scheduling was on time People are very friendly and welcome at the front desk Everywhere on doctorVaccaro was good.
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Gregory b Leach – Mar 05, 2020
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Dr. Vaccaro is an excellent doctor. I would never go to anyone else.
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Mar 04, 2020
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Dr. Vaccaro is not only the BEST Orthopedic surgeon, he IS the most compassionate and humble surgeon I’ve ever met! From the first moment you meet him, you know you’re in GREAT hands. Dr. Vaccaro explains, in detail (collaborating) what the best plain of action that needs to take place, not only your healing, but your recovery. Dr. Vaccaro IS the BEST!
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Evie Clemins – Feb 03, 2020
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Dr. Alexander Vaccaro is the best spine surgeon in Philadelphia! The services, advise and care I received from him are beyond my expectations! Very highly recommended!
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Jakob Likholat – Jan 30, 2020
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Dr Vacarro was excellent, thoroughly explained my issue and the surgical procedure to repair it. Everyone at Rothman was helpful and friendly. I am very pleased with my choice for care.
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Joseph Merli – Jan 30, 2020
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42yr old woman who had a posterior & anterior spinal fusion L5,S1. Dr. Vaccaro was the best! I have recommended him to several people that I know with back problems. I feel like I have a second chance at life honestly. If you have any doubts about going to a doctors for back surgery, then look no further Dr. Vaccaro is your guy.
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Officer Humble42 – Jan 16, 2020
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I had ALIF and PLDF in June 2019 with screws, rods and wedges but he fixed my "defect". Dr Vaccaro, his staff at Rothman and T. Jefferson were great and made a scary process go so smoothly. I'm now heading into the New Year being straighter and able to walk farther than I could in years ...working towards getting my active life back. So glad I came to him for my 2nd opinion. Thanks Dr Vaccaro
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Marianne Yasso – Jan 04, 2020
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Dr. Vaccaro was my Surgeon and a great and special surgeon he is I'm pain free because of his skills and dedication to the Health Care System
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Milton Saunders – Dec 19, 2019
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I'm leaving this review on the one year anniversary of my L4/L5 microdiscectomy procedure, performed by Dr. Vaccaro. For context, my nerve was 95% compressed, my left leg had almost entirely "shut off"...making walking more than a very short distance very difficult, and a few days before meeting Dr. Vaccaro, learned I was at risk for cauda equina. After receiving a call from Dr. Freedman about my condition, Dr. Vaccaro fit me in (at 6am!) on his next day in the office. After performing an exam and reviewing my files, Dr. Vacarro agreed that I was emergent and scheduled me for next business day emergency surgery. I was terrified, but also relieved to hopefully be nearing the end of a month of constant pain and reduced mobility. By all accounts, the surgery was a huge success - the excruciating nerve pain subsided almost immediately and within a month post-op, by strength began to return. One year out, I'm doing great and will be forever grateful for Dr. Vaccaro and his Rothman team.
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Crystal – Dec 18, 2019
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Dr Vaccaro has operated on me twice. He is, without question, the best in his field and I have been very happy with my results. His staff is also very professional and caring and made my hospital time as comfortable as possible I would and have recommended Dr Vaccaro to others.
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Practice Areas

Spine

Spine specialists diagnose and treat conditions affecting the bones of the spine, including degenerative spine disease, herniated discs, stenosis, and fractured vertebrae, with treatments including medication, physical therapy, and surgery.

Typically treats 81% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 17 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Myelopathy
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Vaccaro treats Myelopathy more than 100% of their peers

Dr. Vaccaro treats this condition more than 100% of their peers

Herniated Disc
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Vaccaro treats Herniated Disc more than 99% of their peers

Dr. Vaccaro treats this condition more than 99% of their peers

Spinal Fusion
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Vaccaro performs Spinal Fusion more than 99% of their peers

Dr. Vaccaro performs this procedure more than 99% of their peers

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Dr. Vaccaro's conditions and procedures:

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Adult Scoliosis
  • Adult Scoliosis Correction
  • Aneurysm
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Surgery
  • Broken Arm
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complex Spinal Deformity Correction
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Ear Disorders
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Epilepsy
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand Conditions
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Procedure
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Limb Cramp
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rib Fracture
  • Scoliosis
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Dislocation
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Torticollis
  • Vascular Disease

About Me

To improve a patient's quality of life and functionality.

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Neurological Spine Reconstructive Surgery
  • Neurological Spine Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

University Of California San Diego Medical Center
Fellowship Hospital
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Residency Hospital
Cedars Sinai Medical Center
Internship Hospital
1987
Georgetown University School Of Medicine
Medical School
Boston College
Undergraduate School

Languages

  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • English

Awards

  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Cervical Spine Research Society award for best poster exhibit, 2001
  • Scoliosis Research Society Traveling Fellowship, 2003
  • Economic and Cultural Achievement Award, 2002
  • Recipient of the Jeffrey Lance Spinal Cord Injury Foundation Award, 2001

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Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Spinal Injury Association, Past President
  • Association for Collaborative Spine Research, Past President
  • Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Professor
  • Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center of the Delaware Valley, Co-Director
  • Rothman Institute, President
  • Spine Fellowship Program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Co-Director
  • Thomas Jefferson University, Chair, Department of Orthopedics

Affiliated Hospitals

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Jefferson Methodist Hospital

Philadelphia, PA
  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2019, 2018)
  • America's 50 Best Hospitals Award™ (2019)
  • America's 100 Best Hospitals Award™ (2018)
  • Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ (2018)

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital—Jefferson Health

Philadelphia, PA

71% Patient experience rating, 2% higher than the national average

  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2019, 2018)
  • America's 50 Best Hospitals Award™ (2019)
  • America's 100 Best Hospitals Award™ (2018)
  • Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ (2018)

Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital

Cherry Hill, NJ
  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2019, 2018)

Jefferson Stratford Hospital

Stratford, NJ

65% Patient experience rating, 4% lower than the national average

  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2019, 2018)

Jefferson Washington Township Hospital

Turnersville, NJ
  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2019, 2018)

Rothman Orthopaedic Specialty Hospital

Bensalem, PA

89% Patient experience rating, 20% higher than the national average

  • Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2020, 2019)