Dr. John Knightly, MD

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Dr. John Knightly, MD
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.

ANS Morristown Office

310 Madison Ave Ste 300

Morristown, NJ 07960

Contact Information

(973) 285-7800

Dr. John Knightly, MD

Dr. John Knightly, MD

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Dr. Knightly's Experience

Dr. Knightly's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Neurosurgery
  • Board certified in Neurosurgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebral Vascular Disease
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors


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  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Brain Surgery
  • Carotid Ultrasound
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities

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.


  • Franklin and Marshall College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • Umdnj--New Jersey Medical School
    Medical School | Graduated 1985
  • Bethesda Naval Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1986
  • Bethesda Naval Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1993
  • Barrow Neurol Institute
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1993

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Knightly has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Knightly's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Knightly to family and friends
based on 19 total reviews (6 with comments)
Dr. Knightly's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (6)
in Mt. Arlington, NJ/Mountainside, NJ |
Dr. Knightly, his staff & partner spent a lot of time showing us details of the imaging results, as my case was quite severe & complicating. He was extremely knowledgeable of his field & explained everything, including questions, by my two sons & myself, fully & in detail; he did not rush us at all. While the wait was quite long, it was well worth it, as Dr. Knightly & has been written up as the best neurosurgeon in the east coast. I recommend him very highly. My visit was 1 1/2 yrs. ago.
in Florham Park, NJ |
I had a dislocation of L4 over L5, known as spondylolisthesis, that gave me severe pain over 7 years. Previous neurosurgeons had suggested physical therapy or spinal fusions. Dr. Knightly offered a procedure consisting in the insertion of an appliance named COFLEX, basically a shock absorber between the two vertebrae. The day after the operation the pain was basically gone and I have been pain free for two years. He was thorough, and very competent. I recommend him with no hesitation.
in Berkeley Heights, NJ |
Dr. Knightly changed my life. Excellent results with my surgery of a herniated disc. I got my life back thanks to Dr. Knightly. Would highly recommend this Dr. to anyone.
in Clifton, NJ |
in Whippany, NJ |
It was in March of 2015 that I had the experience of having had Dr. Knightly perform a partial microdiscectomy on L3 - L4 to relieve the symptoms I was having from a stenosis in that area. I found his pre-op examination to be the most thorough I have ever experienced. He is quite remarkably one of the best physicians I have had the pleasure of needing.
in Parsippany, NJ |
There is so much I can say about Dr. knightly but let me just high light some points. He was extremely thorough in his exanimation and review of my tests. Dr. Knightly was understanding and patient in answering each question and spent as much time as needed. Two other top surgeons wanted to do a fusion he felt that was not necessary and explained what he would do. After the outpatient surgery I am pain free and walking straight after months of incapacitation. I highly recommended him.
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Hospitals where Dr. Knightly has admitting privileges

Morristown Medical Center
100 Madison Ave
Morristown, NJ 07960
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99 Beauvoir Ave
Summit, NJ 07901
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