Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issues for 2019 and 2020
Recognized as Castle Connolly Top Doctor 2018, 2019
Dr. Malhotra is the Vice Chairman for Operations and Associate Program Director of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. He oversees strategic initiatives to enhance the quality of patient care. Dr. Malhotra has published more than 100 articles and book chapters related to his clinical and research work. Dr. Malhotra's work, along with that of his partners, has led to the University of Pennsylvania being the top rated neurosurgical department in the region for every year that the rankings have been completed (>20 years). Further, the department is consistently ranked amongst the top 10 in the United States.
From a clinical standpoint, Dr. Malhotra provides expertise in the care of brain and spine neurological disorders. His clinical goals focus on optimizing quality of life as well as life expectancy for disorders of the nervous system. He takes particular interest in the development of advanced approaches to brain and spinal lesion treatment (such as meningioma) and spinal column reconstruction in addition to the treatment of cervical and lumbar disc herniation and spondylolisthesis. He is the first to have performed Endoscopic and Exoscopic Spinal Fusion Surgery (a less invasive form of spinal nerve decompression and fusion). Dr. Malhotra led the team that performed the worlds first transoral robotic surgery for treatment of a spinal cancer.
As director and creator of the Neurosurgery Quality Improvement Initiative Dr. Malhotra has developed a software system within the electronic medical record system to enhance disease management and predict response to therapy. His system, the EpiLog project, has completed beta testing and is now in use to enhance all patient care.