Dr. Alexander Vaccaro, MD

Dr. Alexander Vaccaro, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  ·  
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Age 56
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Dr. Alexander Vaccaro, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Philadelphia, PA and has been practicing for 31 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
  • 6 More

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Vaccaro performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Myelopathy
very high
more than 99% of peers
Spinal Fusion
very high
more than 99% of peers
Spine Fractures, Traumatic
very high
more than 98% of peers

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Dr. Vaccaro's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Vaccaro "Dr. Vaccaro graduated Summa Cum Laude from Boston College in 1983 with a B.S. in Biology. He received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine where he was promoted with “Distinction.” He earned membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Society and graduated with honors in 1987. He completed a year of Surgical Internship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA and completed his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at Thomas Jefferson University where he graduated in 1992. Dr. Vaccaro completed a Spine Fellowship at the University of San Diego, CA. In 2007, Dr. Vaccaro earned a PhD in the field of Spinal Trauma. In 2015, Dr. Vaccaro received his MBA (Master of Business Administration) from Temple University’s Fox School of Business in Philadelphia, PA and graduated with honors. Dr. Vaccaro has served as the president of the Rothman Institute since 2014, and is the Richard H. Rothman Professor and Chairman in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Professor of Neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was the recipient of the Leon Wiltse award given for excellence in leadership and clinical research for spine care by the North American Spine Society (NASS) and is the past President of the American Spinal Injury Association and the Association for Collaborative Spine Research. He has over 650 peer reviewed and 195 non-peer reviewed publications. He has published over 300 book chapters and is the editor of over 54 textbooks and co-editor of OKU-Spine I and editor of OKU-8. Dr. Vaccaro also serves as 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, where he instructs current fellows and residents in the diagnosis and treatment of various spinal problems and disorders."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Vaccaro "To improve a patient's quality of life and functionality."

6  Specialties

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

1  Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

65  Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Adult Scoliosis
  • 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
  • Broken Arm
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Ear Disorders
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Epilepsy
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Hand Conditions
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rib Fracture
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Dislocation
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Torticollis
  • Vascular Disease
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19  Procedures

  • Adult Scoliosis Correction
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Complex Spinal Deformity Correction
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Fracture Care
  • Herniated Disc Procedure
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Knee Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Neuroplasty
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Surgery

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Pennsylvania.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • Georgetown University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1987
  • Cedars Sinai medical center
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • University Of California San Diego Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed
  • MBA, Temple University, Fox School of Business
    Other Education | Completed
  • PhD, Spinal Trauma
    Other Education | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • 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
Media & Publications

Dr. Vaccaro has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional 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

4.7
Likelihood of recommending Dr. Vaccaro to family and friends
135 total reviews (76 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (135)

  • 5
    (122)
  • 4
    (2)
  • 3
    (2)
  • 2
    (2)
  • 1
    (7)

Dr. Vaccaro's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well

    EXCELLENT
  • Answers questions

    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent

    EXCELLENT

Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment

    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness

    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time

    16 to 30 minutes

Patient Comments (76)

He is a great doctor and very professional at the same time very down to earth.The only regret I have is not having the surgery sooner.I am healed and feel great again.Thank you! A+
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Very pleased with my experience at Rothman with Dr. Vaccaro and his PA, Mila Furman. Dr. Vaccaro is very attentive to details and explained what he recommended and why. I was given a choice and am glad I chose a 'telemedicine' visit to save myself Philly traffic and parking for the surgical...more
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Dr. Vaccaro, is a great spine surgeon would highly recommend him all who need this kind of surgery and takes good care of his patients .Thank you for taking away my pain
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Fantastic surgeon, who took to time to explain my back surgery procedure, and monitored my post operation recovery. His staff is top-notch; very patient oriented, and my follow-up appointments were always on time and informative.
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I had severe stenosis L2 to S1 with a disc herniation. I am active and play tennis. I could not walk more than a few min. and was in a lot of pain. Dr Vaccaro operated on me less than 3 weeks after I saw him. All my tests and the surgery were scheduled on the spot. I was at the hospital for 2...more
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