Dr. John Knightly, MD

Dr. John Knightly, MD

Neurosurgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 59
Dr. John Knightly, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Summit, NJ and has been practicing for 25 years. He graduated from Umdnj--New Jersey Medical School in 1985 and specializes in neurosurgery.Read his story

11 Overlook Rd Ste 180

Summit, NJ 07901

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Medicaid
  • MultiPlan

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Top Care Areas

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very high
more than 98% of peers
Spine Deformities
very high
more than 95% of peers
Spine Disorders
very high
more than 95% of peers

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Dr. Knightly's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Knightly "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."
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1  Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

50  Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • 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
  • 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
  • Spondylosis
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors
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16  Procedures

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

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Knightly's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Knightly to family and friends
20 total reviews (7 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (20)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

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 (7)

I am so very pleased with the care that Dr Knightly gave me. He was patient,kind, friendly, & extremely knowledgeable. I highly recommend. Anyone looking for a neurologist, to see Dr Knightly. You will be so impressed.
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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...more
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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...more
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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.
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