Dr. Christopher Kepler, MD

Dr. Christopher Kepler, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery  |  
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Dr. Kepler is an ABOS Board Certified Spine Surgeon. He completed a two year fellowship in spine surgery and spine research at Rothman Institute and Thomas Jefferson University. Prior to fellowship, Dr. Kepler completed his residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. He received his M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2005 and also attended business school at Columbia, receiving an MBA. He has published more than a hundred peer-reviewed articles and presents regularly at national and international spine meetings. He has multiple ongoing research interests including a strong interest in basic research where he studies the molecular biology of disc degeneration and strategies to prevent postoperative infection, research which is funded by the NIH. Dr. Kepler has a faculty appointment at Thomas Jefferson University where he directs a basic science lab and is heavily involved in clinical research.

999 Route 73 N Ste 401

Marlton, NJ 08053

Contact Information

(267) 339-3500

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union
  • Amerihealth
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • CoreSource
  • Coventry Health Care
  • EmblemHealth
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Top Care Areas


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Herniated Disc Surgery
very high
more than 99% of peers
Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
very high
more than 99% of peers
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Kepler "Performing surgery is always used as a last resort, only after all other avenues have been explored.  When surgery is necessary, I perform the least invasive surgery which I think will address a patient's complaints and avoid spinal fusion whenever possible. I encourage open lines of communication with my patients and this is reflected in the amount of time spent with patients and the careful attention that I give to everyone to help sort through their problems regardless of whether they will ultimately need surgery. "


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

Board Certifications

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

Conditions Treated

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Ear Disorders
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Epilepsy
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand Conditions
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Limb Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Non-Traumatic Rupture of Achilles Tendon
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors


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  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Brain Surgery
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Fracture Care
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spine Fracture Treatment

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New Jersey.

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.


  • Duke University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 2000
  • Columbia University / College Of Physicians and Surgeons
    Medical School | Graduated 2005
  • Hospital For Special Surgery
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2006
  • Hospital For Special Surgery
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2010
  • Thomas Jefferson University
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2012
  • Columbia University Business School
    Other Education | Completed 2005

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Kepler has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Kepler's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Kepler to family and friends
based on 44 total reviews (15 with comments)
Dr. Kepler's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (15)
in Wilmington, DE |
I would like to say in all of my 70years dealing with doctors there has never been a doctor like Dr. Kelper. I have had back problems for years from 1995. In all I have had 10 back surgeries.. Dr. Kelper Is the only one who has shown me compassion and empathy. From my first visit, I knew he was special. When I saw him he told me I would walk again. I had had back surgery in 2015. in DE. I will never have surgery if I need it in DE. again. Dr. Kepler is the BEST
in Swedesboro, NJ |
After meeting several surgeons at other local hospitals, I decided to have Dr. Kepler perform my Laminectomy and Discectomy. He is very experienced, confident and knowledgable about which types of procedures to perform and NOT perform. He also has the best bedside manner. He's very easy to talk with and he addresses all concerns. He makes you feel as if you are his only patient. His PA, Alexis Drennen, his also very experienced and extremely helpful and together, they make a phenomenal team!
Philadelphia, PA |
Wish I had come sooner! I'm back to working out with a trainer 2 times a week and doing everything I want to do. Thanks - great doctor and great staff, especially Alexis!
in Philadelphia, PA |
Dr kepler listened carefully and understood my concerns. Everyone I've spoken to had great things to say about him, I'm so happy I went to see him!
in Glenolden, PA |
I saw Dr. Kepler today and although I have not had surgery yet I was impressed with how thorough he was with his explanations of what was going on with my situation. Also, he took his time making sure I fully understood all aspects of my surgical procedures, time in hospital and recuperation. He left nothing out. He showed me scans, x-rays and pointed out all that was happening and what pain relief percentage wise to the best he can give me. I am truly pleased with Dr. Keplet's approachLJohnson
in Newark, NJ |
The moment i met him and he shook my hand, the firmness and surety of his grip instilled in me trust and confidence in him.. I could tell immediately that he had reviewed my cd and knew EXACTLY how to proceed with my care... Spot On!!! It is without hesitation that I award him 5 STARS!!!
in Deptford, NJ |
I have nothing but good things to say about Dr. Kepler. I went to him with extreme nerve pain caused by two herniated cervical discs. While his 1st option was non surgical, ultimately I required spinal decompression & fusion. He is a skilled surgeon & a true professional. I am about one year removed from surgery & feel fantastic. Thank you Dr. Kepler!
in wenonah, nj |
Dr. Kepler is no longer at the Rothman Washington Twp. office. He only sees patients in their Marlton, NJ office and Rothman at Jefferson University Hospital Campus, Phila, PA. He's extremely knowledgeable of all issues of the spine. Excellent bedside manner and concern for his patients. Like all popular docs who are in surgery 1-2 times per week, office appointments may take longer than expected. Having Dr. Kepler perform successful, major spine surgery was worth the wait for me.
in Philadelphia, PA |
A little over a year ago, my wife was gravely ill with a spinal fracture on her lumbar region as a result of metastatic stage 4 breast cancer. She was to the point where she was immobile and couldn't even perform the simplest tasks such as walking. Long story short, the very day after her spinal fusion surgery she walked, not 100% of course, but she walked. Dr. Kepler saved my wife's life and I am forever grateful for his love, compassion and care that he showed towards my wife and our family.
in West Deptford, NJ |
Dr. Kepler is an excellent doctor. He is courteous, respectful, and a highly competent surgeon. I had been dealing with back pain and getting shots for nearly four years from another entity. Eventually I was getting no relief and decided to undergo surgery. I contacted Rothman, was promptly scheduled to meet with Dr. Kepler, was scheduled for surgery within a week, and I am extremely grateful and happy to report that my back is 100% pain free. My only regret is not doing it sooner.
in West Deptford, NJ |
My first impression was not very good. But I went back because I was at my wits end with back pain. The diagnostic tests he ordered were scheduled quickly. Once the results were back there was a pre op consult where Dr. Kepler was honest in that he was not sure he could help the back pain (60%) , but was pretty sure (90%) he could help with the nerve pain. While at the hospital, Dr. Kepler and his staff were attentive and empathetic.
in Lake Como, Nj. |
When meeting Dr. Kepler, I had been dealing with severe chronic low back pain with left leg sciatica for 13 years . He was one of two Dr.'s I was seeing for opinions on how to relieve my pain surgically. After my initial visit with Dr. Kepler I cancelled my second opinion and scheduled my surgery with him. March 28 2016 I had my surgery and today June 16 the for the first time in 13 years I am Pain Free!! Thank you Dr. Kepler, assistant Alexis Pino and all staff at Thomas Jefferson Univ Hospit
Edison, NJ |
Dr.Kepler took his time to explain my condition to me, treatment options, and how the treatment would go. He is an excellent doctor and I would recommend him to anyone needing an opinion regarding their spine condition and pain.
in Newark,Delaware |
Pleasant, kind and extremely professional . Dr. Kepler really made my family and I feel confident that my husband was in good hands. I highly recommend him.
in Burlington NJ |
He was rude, arrogant as soon as he walked into the room. He tried to tell me there was nothing wrong with my back going by an xray he took. I had a MRI that was 6 days old showing a ripped, bulging partially collapsed disc that he didn't even look at until i asked about it and he still said that wasn't the cause of my pain. The man never asked me a single question, just there's nothing wrong and he can't help me.
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Dr. Kepler accepts 19 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union
    Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union WC
  • Amerihealth
    Amerihealth HMO
    Amerihealth PPO
    Direct POS
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • CoreSource
  • Coventry Health Care
    Carelink PPO
    Group Plan PPO
  • EmblemHealth
    Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York (HIP) PPO
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
    Direct Access
    Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
    Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield POS
    Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • Keystone Health Plan East
    Keystone Health Plan East HMO
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Oxford Health Plans
    Freedom Plan
  • POMCO Group
  • QualCare
    QualCare HMO
    QualCare PPO
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO
    Oxford Liberty
    United Healthcare
  • Universal American

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Hospitals where Dr. Kepler has admitting privileges

Rothman Orthopaedic Specialty Hospital
3300 Tillman Dr
Bensalem, PA 19020
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Riddle Memorial Hospital
1068 W Baltimore Pike
Media, PA 19063
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Kennedy University Hospital - Washington Township
435 Hurffville - Cross Keys Road
Turnersville, NJ 08012
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