Alexander Vaccaro, MD

Alexander Vaccaro, MD

Orthopaedic Surgery Philadelphia, PA

Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University

Office Address

  • 925 Chestnut St
    5th Floor
    Philadelphia, PA 19107
    Phone: (267) 339-3500
    Fax: (215) 503-0580

Alexander Vaccaro, MD

Orthopaedic Surgery Philadelphia, PA

Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University

Clinical Specialties & Interests

  • Orthopaedic Surgery: Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Education & Training

  • University of Utrecht
  • Thomas Jefferson UniversityThomas Jefferson University
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical CenterCedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Georgetown University School of MedicineGeorgetown University School of Medicine
  • Boston College

Certifications & Licensure

  • HI State Medical LicenseHI State Medical License2004 - 2016
  • DE State Medical LicenseDE State Medical License2003 - 2017
  • NJ State Medical LicenseNJ State Medical License1995 - 2017
  • CA State Medical LicenseCA State Medical License1991 - 2015
  • PA State Medical LicensePA State Medical License1988 - 2016
  • American Board of Orthopaedic SurgeryOrthopaedic Surgery

    Awards, Honors, & Recognition

    • America's Top DoctorsCastle Connolly, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008
    • Philadelphia MagazineCastle Connolly, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008
    • Meaningful Use Stage 1 CertificationCenters for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 2012

    Clinical Trials

    Publications & Presentations


    Journal Articles

    • Minimally Invasive versus Open Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion: A systematic review  Sidhu, GS., Henkelman E, Vaccaro, A.R., Albert, TJ, Hilibrand, A., Anderson, D.G., Rihn, JA, Clin Orthop Rel Res, 6/1/2014
    • An Algorithmic Strategy for Selecting Surgical Approach in Cervical Deformity Correction  Hann, S., Chalouhi, N., Madineni, R., Vaccaro,A.R. Albert, T.J., Harrop, J., Heller, J.E, Neurosurg Focus, 5/1/2014
    • Defining Rates and Causes of Mortality Associated with Spine Surgery: Comparison of Two Data Collection Approaches through the Scoliosis Research Society Spine  Smith, J., Schaffrey, C., Vaccaro, A.R, Spine, 4/1/2014

    Books/Book Chapters

    • The Intervertebral Disc: Molecular and Structural Studies of the Disc in Health and Disease Chapter: Spinal Motion Restoration Devices for the Degenerative Disc 
      Kang, D.G., Helgeson, M.D., Vaccaro, A.R
      Editors: Shapiro, I.M., Risbud, M/V.Springer, New York, NY
    • Spine Surgery Basics Chapter: Spine Trauma: Occipital and Upper Cervical Spine 
      Lo, X., Hwang, R.W., Smith, H.E., Gendelberg, D., Vaccaro, A.R
      Editors: Patel, V.V., Patel, A., Harrop, J.S., Burger, E.Springer, New York, NY
    • Intraoperative Neuromonitoring Chapter: Neurophysiologic Detection of Medial Pedicle Wall Violation in the Lumbar and Thoracic Spine 
      Schwartz DM, Bhalodia VM, Vaccaro AR
      Editors: Loftus, C.M., Biller, J., Baron, E.M.McGraw Hill Education Medical, New York, NY


    • Influence of Neurological Status on Surgical Site Infection in Posterior Cervical Spinal Surgery Vaccaro, AR, CSRS, Chicago, IL, 12/6/2012
    • Clinical Validation of a Novel, Anatomically Based Classification of Cervical Stenosis Vaccaro, AR, CSRS, Chicago, IL, 12/6/2012
    • Is a Formal Fusion Necessary During Instrumented Surgical Stabilization of Thoracolumbar Spine Fractures? Vaccaro, AR, North American Spine Society 27th Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX, 10/24/2012


    • Leadership 5/2/2014
    • Update cervical spine trauma 5/2/2014
    • Update thoracolumbar spine trauma 5/2/2014

    Professional Memberships

    Hospital Affiliations

    Insurance Accepted

    • Aetna Choice POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • AmeriHealth Direct POS
    • AmeriHealth Direct POS Value Network
    • Amerihealth HMO
    • AmeriHealth HMO Value Network
    • AmeriHealth PPO
    • AmeriHealth PPO Value Network
    • BCBS Blue Card PPO
    • CIGNA Open Access
    • Coventry Carelink Health Plans PPO
    • First Health PPO
    • GHI PPO
    • Great West PPO
    • HealthAmerica HealthAssurance PPO
    • HIP of New York - Select PPO
    • Horizon BCBS Direct Access
    • Horizon BCBS HMO
    • Horizon BCBS POS
    • Horizon BCBS PPO
    • Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
    • IBC Keystone HMO / POS
    • IBC Personal Choice PPO
    • Multiplan PHCS PPO
    • Multiplan PPO
    • Oxford Health Freedom
    • Oxford Health Liberty
    • QualCare HMO
    • QualCare PPO
    • United Healthcare - Direct Choice Plus POS
    • United Healthcare - Direct Options PPO
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