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Patrick J. Connolly, MD

Patrick J. Connolly, MD Physician

Neurosurgery Chief, Virtua Memorial Hospital Clinical Associate of Neurosurgery

Dr. Connolly is employed by Penn Medicine.

In New Jersey, providers are affiliated with Penn Medicine through Clinical Health Care Associates of New Jersey.

About Dr. Patrick J. Connolly

Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's May 2018 Top Docs issue

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

Comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties

Specialty:

  • Neurosurgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Neurological Surgery, 2008

Clinical Expertise:

  • Abnormal Vertebrae
  • Absent Vertebrae
  • Acoustic Neuroma (Vestibular Schwannoma)
  • Aneurysms
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
  • Anterior Vertebral Body Tethering
  • Arteriovenous Malformations (AVM)
  • Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery in the Cervical Spine
  • Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery in the Lumbar Spine
  • Auditory Brainstem Implant
  • Back Injuries
  • Back Surgery
  • Biological Enhancement of Spinal Fusion
  • Bone Cyst
  • Bone Growth Stimulator
  • Bone Tumors
  • Brachial Plexus Injury
  • Brain Metastasis
  • Brain Surgery
  • Brain Tumors
  • Broken Coccyx
  • Bulging Disc
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Leak
  • Cervical Arthritis
  • Cervical Bone Spur
  • Cervical Compression Fracture
  • Cervical Decompression
  • Cervical Deformity
  • Cervical Disc Degeneration
  • Cervical Disc Disease
  • Cervical Disc Displacement
  • Cervical Disc Herniation
  • Cervical Laminoplasty
  • Cervical Laminotomy
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Revision Surgery
  • Cervical Spinal Fracture
  • Cervical Spinal Fusion Surgery
  • Cervical Spinal Stenosis
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Cervical Steroid Injection
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Chordoma
  • Coccyx Injury
  • Complex Spinal Deformities
  • Complex Spinal Surgery
  • Compression Fractures
  • Congenital Malformation of the Spine
  • Congenital Scoliosis
  • Cordotomy
  • Corpus Callosotomy Surgery
  • Craniocervical Junction Surgery
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Craniotomy
  • Decompression Laminectomy
  • Decompression Median Nerve At Elbow
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Degenerative Spine Conditions
  • Direct Lateral Approach
  • Disc Arthroplasty
  • Disc Replacement
  • Disc Surgery
  • Diskectomy
  • Dorsal Column Stimulator
  • Dystonia
  • Endoscopic Fusion
  • Epidural Injection
  • Epilepsy
  • Epilepsy Surgery
  • Essential Tremor
  • Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion
  • Facet Injection
  • Facet Surgery
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS)
  • Flatback Syndrome Post Harrington Rods
  • Foot Drag
  • Foot Drop
  • Gamma Knife
  • Germ Cell Tumors
  • Glioblastoma
  • Growing Rods
  • Head and Neck Osteoma
  • Herniated Disc
  • Instrumented Anterior Cervical Discectomy, Fusion (ACDF)
  • Intraspinal Abscess
  • Junctional Kyphosis
  • Juvenile Nasopharyngeal Angiofibroma (JNA)
  • Kyphosis
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Lateral Access Spine Surgery
  • Lesion of Popliteal Nerve
  • Lesion of Posterior Tibial Nerve
  • Lesion of Sciatic Nerve
  • Low Back Surgery
  • Lower Back Injuries
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Lumbar Scoliosis
  • Lumbar Spinal Fracture
  • Lumbar Spinal Fusion
  • Lumbar Spinal Injury
  • Lumbar Spinal Mass
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Spinal Tumor
  • Lumbar Stress Fracture
  • Lumbosacral Plexus Lesion
  • Lumbosacral Radiculopathy
  • Magnetic Expansion Control
  • Mehta Casting
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Microsurgery
  • Microsurgical Laminoplasty
  • Microvascular Decompression
  • Minimally Invasive Lumbar Discectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Partial Lumbar Discectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Spinal Fusion
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Motion-Sparing Spinal Surgery
  • Myelopathy
  • Myelopathy Surgery
  • Navigation Spine Surgery
  • Neck Masses and Lumps
  • Neck Tumors
  • Neurocutaneous Disorders
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1)
  • Neurogenic Claudication
  • Neuromuscular Scoliosis
  • Occipito-Cervical Fusion
  • Orbital Tumors
  • Osteoarthritis of the Spine
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Peripheral Nerve Tumors
  • Pituitary Surgery
  • Pituitary Tumors
  • Posterior Cervical Laminectomy and Fusion
  • Posterior Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Posterior Lumbar Laminectomy With Fusion, Without Instrumentation
  • Posterior Lumbar Laminectomy With Instrumentation and Fusion
  • Posterior Vertebral Column Resection
  • Post-Laminectomy Kyphosis
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Prolactinoma
  • Radiculopathy
  • Revision of Spinal Surgery
  • Rhizotomy
  • Robotic Spine Surgery
  • Ruptured Intervertebral Disc
  • Sacral Nerve Stimulation
  • Sacroiliac Joint Block
  • Sacroiliac Joint Fusion
  • Sacroiliac Joint Surgery
  • Scheuermann Disease
  • Scheuermann's Kyphosis
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy
  • Skull Base Tumors
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Abscess
  • Spinal Abscess Surgery
  • Spinal Cord Cancer
  • Spinal Cord Compression
  • Spinal Cord Disorder
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator
  • Spinal Cord Surgery
  • Spinal Cyst Removal
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Spinal Dural Graft
  • Spinal Fracture
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Mass
  • Spinal Meningioma
  • Spinal Microsurgery
  • Spinal Reconstruction
  • Spinal Schwannoma
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Tethering for Scoliosis
  • Spinal Tumor
  • Spine Decompression
  • Spine Deformity
  • Spine Deformity Correction Surgery
  • Spine Injuries
  • Spine Stapling
  • Spondylectomy
  • Spondyloarthropathy
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Spondylosis Surgery
  • Spondylosis With Myelopathy
  • Spondylosyndesis
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Surgery for Sciatica
  • Surgical Treatment of Myelopathy
  • Tarlov Cysts
  • Tethered Spinal Cord
  • Thoracic Disc Herniation
  • Thoracic Laminectomy
  • Thoracic Spinal Fracture
  • Thoracic Spinal Fusion
  • Thoracic Spinal Injury
  • Thoracic Spinal Mass
  • Thoracic Spinal Stenosis
  • Thoracic Spinal Tumor
  • Transpsoas Approach
  • Transthoracic Discectomy
  • Trigeminal Nerve Disorders
  • Tubular Discectomy
  • Ulnar Nerve Decompression
  • Ulnar Nerve Surgery
  • Vascular Malformations of the Spine
  • Vertebrae Surgery
  • Vertebral Column Resection
  • Vertebral Epiphysitis
  • Vertebral Fracture
  • Vertebral Stapling
  • Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib
  • Visualase MRI-Guided Laser Ablation
  • X-Stop Surgery
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Amerihealth
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Medicare
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine
Residency: Indiana University Hospital
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Memberships

American Association of Neurological Surgeons, National American College of Surgeons, National American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, National Temple University MBA Advisory Board, Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Connolly is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.

Research

Selected Publications:

Ramayya AG, Chen HI, Marcotte PJ, Brem S, Zager EL, Osiemo B, Piazza M, Sharma N, McClintock SD, Schuster JM, Ali ZS, Connolly P, Heuer GG, Grady MS, Kung DK, Ozturk AK, O'Rourke DM, Malhotra NR: Assessing variability in surgical decision making among attending neurosurgeons at an academic center J Neurosurg. 2019 May 31:1-7. doi: 10.3171/2019.2.JNS182658. [Epub ahead of print] : 2019.

Patrick Connolly: What can a business degree do for your patients? Neurosurgical Society of America, Teton Village, WY : 2018.

Patrick Connolly, Michael Gagliardi, Jessica Cooper and M. Sean Grady: Lessons learned in organizational partnering for a new neurosurgery service Neurosurgical Society of America : 2017.

P.J. Connolly and T.M. Fierst: Use of the Belbin team role inventory to evaluate a group of neurosurgery residents Neurosurgical Society of America Meeting : 2015.

Bookland Markus J, Sukul Vishad, Connolly Patrick J: Use of a cyanoacrylate skin adhesive to reduce external ventricular drain infection rates. Journal of neurosurgery 121 (1): 189-94,2014.

Carvalho Karen S, Sukul Vishad V, Bookland Markus J, Koch Steven A, Connolly Patrick J: Deep brain stimulation of the globus pallidus suppresses post-traumatic dystonic tremor. Journal of clinical neuroscience : official journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia 21 (1): 153-5,2014.

V.V. Sukul, P.J. Connolly and C.M. Loftus: Microvascular Doppler in Neurosurgery Intraoperative Monitoring : 2014.

S.D. Tobochnik, C.A. Gutierrez, P.D. Crino, P.J. Connolly: Refractory Nonlesional Neocortical Epilepsy: Current Trends. Journal of Neurology and Neurophysiology : 2014.

Abosch Aviva, Timmermann Lars, Bartley Sylvia, Rietkerk Hans Guido, Whiting Donald, Connolly Patrick J, Lanctin David, Hariz Marwan I: An international survey of deep brain stimulation procedural steps. Stereotactic and functional neurosurgery 91 (1): 1-11,2013.

V.V. Sukul and P.J. Connolly: Cingulotomy Neurosurgery Tricks of the Trade : 2013.

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Academic Contact Info

Penn Neurosurgery at Virtua
217 Madison Ave

Lumberton, NJ 08048
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)