Dr. Alexander Vaccaro, MD

Dr. Alexander Vaccaro, MD

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Dr. Alexander Vaccaro, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Philadelphia, PA and has been practicing for 32 years. He graduated from Georgetown University School Of Medicine in 1987 and specializes in orthopedic surgery, orthopedic spine surgery, and more.Read his story

925 Chestnut St Fl 5

Philadelphia, PA 19107

Contact Information

(267) 339-3500

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amerihealth
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Coventry Health Care of Delaware
  • EmblemHealth
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
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Dr. Vaccaro's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Myelopathy
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

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

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

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Autoimmune Myelopathy
Spinal Fusion
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

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

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

Herniated Disc
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

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

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

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 Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Neuroplasty
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis
  • 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
  • Spine Surgery
  • 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
Mba, Temple University, Fox School Of Business
PHD, Spinal Trauma
1987

Languages

  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

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

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

Dr. Vaccaro's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Vaccaro

4.8

Based on 200 reviews

5 Stars
92.5%
(185)
4 Stars
1.5%
(3)
3 Stars
1%
(2)
2 Stars
1%
(2)
1 Star
4%
(8)

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Dr Vaccaro is outstanding as a spine surgeon and human being. He truly cares about his patients. I have nothing but praise for him and I would highly recommend him.
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Doctor Vaccoro performed spinal fusion on my back. I had 2 bad discs taken out of my lower back. 6 months out of surgery I am 95 percent pain free. Would highly recommend doctor Vaccaro.
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When I met Dr. Alex Vaccaro I was dealing with severe, daily, lower back pain, depression, and not able to live a normal life. Dr. Vaccaro assured me that if I did what he told me before, during and after surgery that I will get my life back. Being a very active adult I was not use to being down and out. From sports to being a very active volunteer fire fighter, I could do nothing. Dr. Vaccaro told me to drop some weight before surgery, so I lost 20 pounds. I’ve never had surgery before so you could imagine how scared I was. When I woke up from surgery the pain Doc told me would be gone, was gone! From that day I swore I would play sports again and get back on the fire trucks. Doc told me to walk so I did, 3 to 6 miles every day until I could start PT. After the longest year of my life I am 100% pain free, in the gym 3-4 days a week, back on the field, and fighting fires again. Do what you are told and good things will happen. Without hesitation, Dr. Alex Vaccaro changed my life.
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6 weeks post op cervical fusion. I had the best experience I could have imagined. Dr. Vaccaro is professional thorough Compassionate and funny. His staff are amazing both at Jeff and the orthopedic hospital in Bensalem. I recommend him highly to anyone who needs cervical spine surgery
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Best Surgeon there is!! Top notch care and patient experience - he cares about me as a person, not just a number or patient.
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Fantastic surgeon. Had a laminectomy and resolved my back pain.
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Fantastic surgeon. Cares about patient and best possible outcome.
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My visit was great! My doctors were knowledgeable. I was confident knowing doctors would do surgery successfully.
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I have herniated discs, one at the L4/5 and one at the L1 level causing severe sciatica on my left side. I drove the 3hrs to Philly to see Dr. Vaccaro and within minutes of reviewing my MRI Dr. Vaccaro identified the second herniated disc at my L1 level which wasn’t even identified by my local doctor who was ready to rush me into surgery right away. Despite my very bad MRI, with epidurals, I’ve been to his surprise pretty pain free and walking again. Thanks to him I may heal without being cut
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Dr. Vaccaro has been a blessing to me. I was in extreme pain when we first met. After surgery and recouperating, I am back to my normal self. I am able to walk with no pain. I followed all directions and though it seemed like I would never feel better, Today, after 10 months I am pain free. I love Dr Vaccaro, he is very patient friendly and his staff is always on point.
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I'll never find the words to convey how much I respect, admire and appreciate Dr. Vacarro - first as a surgeon of unparalleled skill, and second, as a warm and caring human being. 5 stars is simply not enough. To be such a master of his craft, and to treat patients with the heart-felt empathy he brings to the table - is a rare and miraculous combination. And it's a combination that's also reflected in the surgical and post-op team that he leads. Two thumbs up!
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My back was in really poor condition when I saw Dr. Vaccaro. I had already seen another doctor who was going to perform surgery, but wanted to remove 2 vertebrae and did not address other issues that needed attention. Dr. Vaccaro was very helpful, and I went with him for the surgery he recommended. It has been more than 4 months since the surgery, and my back is in remarkably great shape. My thoughts about back surgery was not what it really is today. I wish I knew, and had it done before
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Dr. Vaccaro is without a doubt the best spine surgeon in the world. I received opinions from other world-renowned surgeons at the University of Pennsylvania, Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC, Jefferson Neuro, and the Mayo Clinic. After comparing the accomplishments and experience of each surgeon, I chose Dr. Vaccaro as he is by far the most knowledgeable and experienced. He is also caring and compassionate. I was terrified to have a multi-level ACCF, but now I could not be happier!
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Myself and family are very thankful for being referred to Dr. Vaccaro for my surgery. He's been a game changer in my life. I'm nearly a year out since my fusion surgery and hoping to start hitting fairways again soon! Thank you Doctor!
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I had a ruptured disc at L1-L2 and was operated on by Dr. Vaccaro in July2017. The surgery was a success and I am very happy the outcome. I will be having another procedure in 2 weeks and he will be performing it as well. He will be doing a L4-S1 disc decompression. I am in pain constantly and look forward to being pain free. He knows what he is doing and I totally trust him.
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Dr. Vacarro is the real deal! He is compassionate and knowledgeable. Everyone on his staff is professional and courteous. We are lucky to have found him.
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I can't say enough great things about Dr. Vaccaro. I had a lumbar decompression and spinal fusion 10 wks ago. Today I am pain free thanks to Dr. Vaccaro and his wonderful team. Rothman Orthopedic Specialty Hospital in Bensalem is a beautiful facility. The treatment I received during my stay was wonderful. Everything from the staff to food was top notch. Highly recommend Dr. Vaccaro and his team to anyone!
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More than 5 stars are needed to properly convey my experience with Rothman's Dr. Alex Vaccaro and team. Every aspect of my injury was corrected by this expert's skilled hands and I am PAIN FREE for the first time in almost 2 years! The entire process was simple and efficient pre, during and post-surgery. I was astonished by how uncomplicated it all felt, knowing that my issues and the procedure were the complete opposite. My gratitude knows no bounds - thank you for giving me my life back.
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The experience from check in to check out was seamless. The best doctor experience I have ever had!
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A little over 9 months ago I had spinal fusion surgery performed at Jefferson Hospital. The surgeon was Dr. Vaccaro. He gave me my active life back ! I am even playing golf again !He is the ultimate gentleman , a world renowned and respected surgeon . His care and follow up is suburb. He has an amazing support system. They return your calls and answer all questions quickly. You feel very comfortable is their hands. I highly praise Dr. Vaccaro and his staff.
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Amerihealth
Amerihealth PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
Open Access
Coventry Health Care
Group Plan PPO
Coventry Health Care of Delaware
Coventry Health Care of Delaware HMO
EmblemHealth
GHI PPO
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Keystone Health Plan East
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Keystone Health Plan East POS
Medicaid
MultiPlan
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PHCS Network PPO
Oxford Health Plans
Freedom Plan
Principal Financial Group
UnitedHealthCare
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