John J. Knightly, MD

Dr. John Knightly received his Bachelor of Arts from Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and his MD from The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, New Jersey. His post-graduate training and residency training were completed at the Bethesda Naval Hospital, Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Knightly completed a research fellowship in the surgical neurology branch of the National Institutes of Health and in pediatric neurosurgery at The Children’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He completed advanced training in trauma at the Shock-Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition, Dr. Knightly completed a Fellowship in Complex Spine with Dr. Volker Sonntag at The Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. He achieved Board Certification in 1998 from the American Board of Neurological Surgeons.

Dr. Knightly has been a leading proponent and developer of minimally invasive spinal surgical techniques. In addition to his clinical expertise in spine surgery, he also has a strong interest in neurotrauma. He is a co-founder and director of the Concussion Center at the Atlantic Neuroscience Institute.

Dr. Knightly is the Director of Neurosurgery at Morristown Memorial Hospital and the Vice-Chairman of Atlantic Health Institute, where he also serves as the Medical Director of the neuro-spine team.

Dr. Knightly serves on the spine executive committee of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons - Congress of Neurological Surgeons Joint Spine Section (AANS/CNS) where he is chairman of the scientific program committee. He is also the chairman of the Quality Improvement Workforce for the AANS/CNS Washington Committee. Dr Knightly was named one of the “20 Surgeon Leaders in Independent Spine & Neurosurgical Groups” by Becker's Orthopedic, Spine & Pain Management Review. He is consistently listed as one of the Best Doctors in America and New Jersey and is included in “Who's Who in America.”

Dr. Knightly’s areas of clinical interest include complex spine surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery, stereotactic Cyberknife radio-surgery, tumors of the spine, endoscopic neurosurgery and trauma. ┬áHe is also a member of the Joint Sections of Spine and Peripheral Nerve and Neurotrauma and Critical Care, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and the North American Spinal Society. Dr. Knightly is a frequent lecturer on spinal surgical techniques and has written and published many articles which detail complex spine management.


John Knightly, MD