Dr. Alex Vaccaro retains No. 1 spine expert status


Alex Vaccaro, MD, PhD, president of Philadelphia-based Rothman Orthopaedic Institute was recognized as the world's top-rated spine care expert for the second consecutive year by Expertscape.

Dr. Vaccaro is ranked in the top 0.0006 percent of spine surgeons since 2012 by Expertscape, according to a Dec. 15 LinkedIn post from Rothman Orthopaedics. Since 2012, Dr. Vaccaro has published 318 eligible publications that has validated his high-proficiency and contributions to the field of spine, and has published a total of 1,000 peer-reviewed publications, a spokesperson for Rothman told Becker's

Dr. Vaccaro's most recent articles include topics about spine patient satisfaction with telehealth, the timing of surgical decompression in acute spinal injury and predicting length of stay after ACDF. 

"It’s an honor to be recognized for our team’s commitment to further the world’s knowledge of the treatment and conditions of the spine as well as our team to be recognized by Expertscape as top-experts," Dr. Vaccaro told Becker's Dec. 16. "My colleagues and I did not enter into this field for the individual accolades, but to take care of those who often suffer from debilitating spine conditions. We truly feel privileged that we are able to do so."

Rothman Orthopaedics recently marked its first spine case under a partnership with Bayonne, N.J.-based CarePoint Health. The practice also welcomed Selene Parekh, MD, a foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon, who joined from Durham, N.C.-based Duke University.

Expertscape is an online platform that ranks people and institutions according to their expertise in diseases, medical conditions and treatments.

Note: This article was updated to include a statement from Dr. Vaccaro.

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