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Patrick J. Connolly, MD

Patrick J. Connolly, MD Surgeon

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

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

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Clinical Specialties


  • Neurosurgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Neurological Surgery, 2008

Clinical Expertise:

  • Arnold-Chiari Malformation
  • Back and Neck Herniated Disc Repair Surgery
  • Back Pain
  • Brain Metastasis
  • Cancer Pain Management
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Cavernous Malformation (Cavernoma)
  • Cervical Arthroscopy
  • Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Cervical Kyphosis
  • Cervical Myelopathy
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Epilepsy Surgery
  • Essential Tremor
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS)
  • Gamma Knife
  • Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Disc Surgery
  • Meningioma
  • Micro Endoscopic Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Microsurgery
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Pituitary Surgery
  • Pituitary Tumors
  • Spinal Compression
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Spinal Degenerative Disease
  • Spinal Disc Degeneration
  • Spinal Disorders
  • Spinal Fusion Surgery
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Tumor
  • Spine - Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Spine Biopsy
  • Spine Cancer
  • Spine Disease
  • Spine Fracture
  • Spine Infection
  • Spine Instrumentation
  • Spine Stabilization
  • Spondylosis
  • Tic Douloureux - Minimally Invasive

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • 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
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

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


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.


Selected Publications:

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.

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.

Mendelow AD, Gregson BA, Rowan EN, Murray DG, Gholkar A, Mitchell PM, for the STICH II investigators: Early Surgery versus Initial Conservative Treatment in Patients with Spontaneous Supratentorial Lobar Intracerebral Hematomas (STICH II): A Randomised Trial Lancet : 2013.

Osbun Joshua W, Ellenbogen Richard G, Chesnut Randall M, Chin Lawrence S, Connolly Patrick J, Cosgrove G Rees, Delashaw Johnny B, Golfinos John G, Greenlee Jeremy D W, Haines Stephen J, Jallo Jack, Muizelaar J Paul, Nanda Anil, Shaffrey Mark, Shah Mitesh V, Tew John M, van Loveren Harry R, Weinand Martin E, White Jonathan A, Wilberger James E: A multicenter, single-blind, prospective randomized trial to evaluate the safety of a polyethylene glycol hydrogel (Duraseal Dural Sealant System) as a dural sealant in cranial surgery. World neurosurgery 78 (5): 498-504,2012.

K.S Carvalho, D.S. Khurana, W.R. Yorns, I. Valencia, H.H. Hardison, J. Melvin, P.J. Connolly, A. Legido: Lacosamide in the Treatment of Children with Primary Generalized Epilepsy Child Neurology Society Meeting, 2012. J Child Neurol : 2012.

Connolly Patrick J, Halpern Casey H, Baltuch Gordon H, Danish Shabbar F, Jaggi Jurg L: Implications for programming strategy of the location of the active contact in subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation. Journal of clinical neuroscience : official journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia 19 (7): 1029-31,2012.

Kramer Daniel R, Halpern Casey H, Connolly Patrick J, Jaggi Jurg L, Baltuch Gordon H: Error reduction with routine checklist use during deep brain stimulation surgery. Stereotactic and functional neurosurgery 90 (4): 255-9,2012.

Connolly Patrick J, Kilpatrick Michaux, Jaggi Jurg L, Church Ephraim, Baltuch Gordon H: Feasibility of an operational standardized checklist for movement disorder surgery. A pilot study. Stereotactic and functional neurosurgery 87 (2): 94-100,2009.

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Academic Contact Info

Penn Neurosurgery at Virtua
217 Madison Ave

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