Office of Institutional Advancement

Letter from the Chair

Alexander R. Vaccaro, MD, PhD, MBA

Alexander R. Vaccaro, MD, PhD, MBA

The Rothman Institute at Jefferson is one of the best in the world in orthopaedic surgery and musculoskeletal care. People come here for orthopaedic care because our physicians are known to be the best in their field, pioneering novel methods to treat disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our physicians provide the latest in surgical techniques, medical approaches, imaging technology, pain management, state-of-the-art materials, rehabilitation therapies and prevention measures to ensure that every patient receives the highest level of care. Whether treating a young athlete eager to return to the lineup or a retiree determined to regain mobility diminished by age, we aim to maximize function and restore quality of life.

Consistently chosen by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s best in orthopaedics, our team performs cutting-edge robotic-assisted surgeries that increase precision and improve outcomes for patients, and provides best-in-class physical medicine and rehabilitation as well as orthopaedic oncology, trauma and fracture care and surgical procedures in specialty areas covering every joint and limb in the body—from spine, knee and hip to hand and wrist. Our research, however, is our true differentiator and has been a core component of the Rothman Institute for over 40 years. Right now, our physician-scientists are investigating ways to improve disc regeneration, rebuild diseased cells, assist the regrowth of diseased and amputated limbs, and place implants in the body that actively fight infection.

You can help ensure that this promising research continues. At Rothman, we have a goal to establish a $30 million research endowment that would fund the creation of world-class centers specifically dedicated to orthopaedic research, spine research, plasma medicine research and research of the treatment of orthopaedic infections and fibrotic diseases—investigations that will ultimately improve the lives of patients who have suffered traumatic musculoskeletal injuries, bone tumor complications and other complex injuries. Every gift brings us closer to that goal.

I hope you will consider supporting our efforts.

Alexander R. Vaccaro, MD, PhD, MBA
Richard H. Rothman Professor and Chair - Orthopaedic Surgery
President - Rothman Institute
Co-Director - Spinal Cord Injury Center
Co-Chief - Spine Surgery