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Becker's Orthopedic, Spine & Pain Management Review Names Morristown and Overlook Medical Center's Dr. John Knightly Among the U.S. Top 20 Leaders in Neurosurgery

Summit, NJ, March 2012 – Becker's Orthopedic, Spine & Pain Management Review released a national list of 20 spine surgeons and specialists who are leaders with spine practices. “20 Surgeon Leaders in Independent Spine & Neurosurgical Groups” includes Morristown and Overlook Medical Center’s Dr. John Knightly as the only neurosurgeon and spine specialist from New Jersey. Becker's Healthcare, publishers of Becker’s Orthopedic, Spine & Pain Management Review, features up-to-date business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems across the country.

Dr. Knightly is chair of neurosurgery at Morristown Medical Center and vice-chair of the department of neurosciences at Overlook Medical Center in Summit. He is medical director of the Spine Center at Overlook Medical Center and co-director of the Center for Concussion Care and Physical Rehabilitation, also at Overlook.  

Atlantic Neuroscience Institute’s neurosurgeons use minimally invasive surgical techniques to treat degenerative and traumatic spinal cord injuries and nerve compression resulting from herniated discs, bony spurs or tumors. Spinal cord tumors, vascular malformations, and spasticity procedures are done in collaboration with specialists in those areas.

The Atlantic Neuroscience Institute at both campuses has earned the prestigious Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers and the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award and Target: Stroke Honor Roll.

Overlook Medical Center was ranked the top hospital in the state for treatment of neurological disorders for the third consecutive year and voted for the second time as the No.1 hospital for stroke by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., one of the nation’s most respected health care research and information companies.

Both Overlook and Morristown are accredited by The Joint Commission and is a Major Clinical Research Affiliate of The Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Atlantic Health System is the primary academic and clinical affiliate in New Jersey of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and The Mount Sinai Hospital.

The patients of Morristown and Overlook Medical Centers have access to research, technology and patient care services across both sites in Morristown and Summit. Learn more about our neuroscience services or call the physician referral line at 1-800-247-9580.  You can also visit both medical centers on facebook for regular updates.

About Atlantic Health System
Atlantic Health System is one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey, comprised of Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center in Summit and Newton Medical Center. The three medical centers – all accredited by The Joint Commission – have a combined total of 1,308 licensed beds and more than 2,750 affiliated physicians providing a wide array of health care services to the residents of Northern and Central New Jersey. Specialty service areas include advanced cardiovascular care, pediatric medical and surgical specialties, neurology, orthopedics, and sports medicine. Each of these programs has earned top ratings and recognitions in their respective fields. Atlantic Health System is the official health care partner of the New York Jets and an official health care provider of the New Jersey Devils.

Morristown Medical Center’s Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute performs more heart surgeries than any other hospital in New York or New Jersey, and is one of 20 facilities across the country to perform catheter-based repair and replacement of valves on both sides of the heart. Atlantic Health System’s spine program – where surgeons perform more spine surgery than anywhere else in New Jersey – is one of just 13 hospitals across the country that has received the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission, achieving Disease-Specific Care Certification for cervical and lumbar spine treatments. With the Atlantic Neuroscience Institute based at Overlook Medical Center, the hospital serves as the hub for the New Jersey Stroke Network, and serves about 40 percent of the state’s stroke patients. The system’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital offers more than 100 board-certified physicians in 20 pediatric specialties. Morristown Medical Center is verified as a Level I Regional Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons and designated a Level II by the state of New Jersey.

Atlantic Health System has been chosen for the past three consecutive years by FORTUNE® as one of the magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®.” The organization has also been recognized four times by AARP as one of the “Best Employers for Workers over 50.” Inside Jersey magazine partnered with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. and ranked Morristown Medical Center as the No. 1 hospital in New Jersey and the No. 1 hospital for treatment of heart failure and coronary surgery in the state. The survey findings also establish Overlook as No.1 for the treatment of neurological disorders and stroke in NJ. Atlantic Health System is a Major Clinical Research Affiliate with The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and is the primary academic and clinical affiliate in New Jersey of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and The Mount Sinai Hospital.

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Morristown Medical Center

100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960
973-971-5000

Overlook Medical Center

99 Beauvoir Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
908-522-2000

Newton Medical Center

175 High Street
Newton, NJ 07860
973-383-2121

Chilton Medical Center

97 West Parkway
Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
973-831-5000

Hackettstown Medical Center

651 Willow Grove Street
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
908-852-5100

Goryeb Children's Hospital

100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960
973-971-5000


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