Dr. Knightly has been a leading proponent and developer of minimally invasive spinal surgical techniques. In addition to his clinical expertise in spine surgery, he also has a strong interest in neurotrauma. He is a co-founder and director of the Concussion Center at the Atlantic Neuroscience Institute, and has served as a Neuro-Trauma Consultant for the National Football League and New York Jets. Dr. Knightly is the Director of Neurosurgery at Morristown Memorial Hospital and the Vice-Chairman of Atlantic Health Institute, where he also serves as the Medical Director of the neuro-spine team.Dr. Knightly serves on the spine executive committee of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons - Congress of Neurological Surgeons (AANS/CNS) section on Disorders of Spine and Peripheral Nerve (DSPN) where he was recently chairman of the scientific program committee and annual meeting chair. Dr Knightly currently serves as the chairman of the Quality Improvement Workforce for the AANS/CNS Washington Committee. In addition he also serves on the board of NeuroPoint Alliance and chairs and serves on several committees with National Neurosurgery Quality Outcomes Database pursuing his research interest in healthcare policy, clinical infomatics and quality improvement. Dr. Knightly was named one of the "20 Surgeon Leaders in Independent Spine & Neurosurgical Groups" by Becker's Orthopedic, Spine & Pain Management Review. He is consistently listed as one of the Best Doctors in America and New Jersey and is included in "Who's Who in America."Dr. Knightly's areas of clinical interest include complex spine surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery, stereotactic Cyberknife radio-surgery, tumors of the spine, deformity and trauma. He is also a member of the Joint Sections of Spine and Peripheral Nerve and Neurotrauma and Critical Care, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and the North American Spinal Society. Dr. Knightly is a frequent lecturer on surgical techniques of the spine and has written and published many articles which detail complex spine management.