Alexander Vaccaro, MD, PhD

Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Alexander Vaccaro is an orthopedic surgeon and President of the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia, where he has more than 20 years of experience specializing in spine surgery.

He serves as Professor and Chairman in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and as Professor of Neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University. He also instructs fellows as Co-Director of the Spine Fellowship program.

Dr. Vaccaro has written numerous peer-reviewed articles, edited several textbooks, and served as an editorial reviewer for more than a dozen medical journals, including the Journal of Neurosurgery and The Spine Journal. He is the President of the Cervical Spine Research Society and Co-Director of the Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center of the Delaware Valley.

Select Professional Memberships and Achievements

  • Past President, American Spinal Injury Association
  • Past President, Association for Collaborative Spine Research
  • Leon Wiltse Award Winner, North American Spine Society
  • Member, Cervical Spine Research Society
  • Member, Scoliosis Research Society
  • Member, American Association of Neurological Surgeons

Board Certification

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


  • BS – Biology, Boston College
  • MD – Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • Internship – Surgery, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles
  • Residency – Orthopaedic Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
  • Fellowship – Spine Surgery, University of California San Diego
  • PhD – Spinal Trauma, Utrecht University, Netherlands

Clinic Information

Rothman Institute
925 Chestnut Street
5th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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