Our Team

Richard C Anderson, MD, Pediatric Neurosurgeon & Director of Neurosurgery Division

Dr. Anderson is one of the leading pediatric neurosurgeons in the Tri-State region. He specializes in the surgical treatment of pediatric brain and spinal tumors, complex spinal disorders (including tethered spinal cords, scoliosis, and instability), spasticity, Chiari I malformation, vascular disorders (including arteriovenous malformations, cavernous malformations, and moyamoya disease), hydrocephalus, and general pediatric neurosurgery. Dr. Anderson extensively tests and utilizes the latest proven techniques in pediatric neurosurgery, including computer-guided surgical navigation, minimally invasive endoscopy, and microsurgery.

Dr. Anderson received his undergraduate degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude as the top student in his class. He then earned his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, graduating in the top 5% of the class.

After completing his residency and chief residency in neurosurgery at The Neurological Institute of New York at Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital, Dr. Anderson spent a year at the University of Utah-Primary Children’s Medical Center receiving advanced fellowship training in pediatric neurosurgery.

Dr. Anderson has been interviewed and featured in US News and World Report, 201 Magazine, New York Magazine, Wikipedia, and The Bergen Record as well as on television networks including ABC and NY1.

He has received over one hundred invitations to lecture and teach courses at domestic and international academic institutions and conferences. Donating time and expertise to those in need has sent him across the country and the world including Italy, Spain, Brazil, Turkey, Morocco, and China.

Dr. Anderson is consistently named one of America’s Top Doctors, America’s Top Surgeons, Top Doctors in New Jersey, Top Doctors New York Metro area, Top Doctors in New York Magazine, and annually receives the Patient’s Choice Award.

 

Dr. Geoff Appelboom, Brain & Spine Surgeon

Dr. Geoff Appelboom was born into a family of doctors, as his father and grandfather were rheumatologists. Growing up, he was exposed to patients in need of treatment for spinal diseases, and as a medical student, he witnessed the transformative power of surgery. These experiences motivated Dr. Appelboom to help his patients utilize surgical options to treat their conditions. He strives to ensure that each individual receives personalized medical care, tailored to his or her needs and desired outcome by using the most minimally invasive options available.

He spent three years performing integrated Ph.D. research, focusing on genetic predictors of vascular fragility as the lead scientist at Columbia University. He has published over 65 peer-reviewed research papers in Stroke, Translational Stroke Research, Current Atherosclerosis Reports, Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, has authored five book chapters, and has served on editorial boards for five neurosurgery journals.

After his residency in neurological surgery, Dr. Appelboom subsequently completed two fellowship training in image guided neuro-oncology and complex spine surgery at Stanford University.

Before joining Saint Joseph’s University Medical Center, Dr. Appelboom served as a Clinical Instructor of complex spine surgery in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University. As part of the Biodesign Faculty position at Stanford, Dr. Appelboom utilized the most advanced surgical robots in neurosurgery to make the operating room smarter. He received the 2018 Stanford-Coulter Translational Award for innovations in bioengineering and is researching the ways that artificial intelligence and surgical robots can improve patient care.

 

Dr. Luigi Bassani, Pediatric Neurosurgeon

Dr. Bassani received his Bachelor of Arts, graduating cum laude, from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He went on to attend Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, District of Columbia. Dr. Bassani then completed his General Surgery internship and his Neurological Surgery residency at New York University Langone Medical Center.

After completing his training, Dr. Bassani pursued subspecialty training in Pediatric Neurosurgery at Primary Children’s Hospital at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah.

After fellowship he joined the Department of Neurological Surgery at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ as Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery. There he cared for pediatric patients with brain and spinal cord tumors, congenital spinal anomalies, hydrocephalus and traumatic brain and spinal cord injury.

During his first year in practice, Dr. Bassani was named as one of New Jersey’s Favorite Kids’ Docs for Pediatric Neurosurgery for 2015 in New Jersey Family magazine.

Dr. Bassani specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of pediatric brain and spinal disorders, including hydrocephalus, craniosynostosis, spasticity, spinal dysraphisms, epilepsy and vascular malformations such as Moyamoya, arteriovenous malformations and cavernous malformations. While practicing a broad range of pediatric neurosurgery, his subspecialty interests lies in the treatment of congenital craniovertebral junction anomalies, cervical spine trauma and pediatric brain tumors, mirroring the extensive clinical training in spinal disorders and brain tumors he obtained at Primary Children’s Hospital and NYU Langone Medical Center. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Bassani has published multiple articles and chapters on epilepsy, spasticity, cervical spine techniques and treatment of hydrocephalus.

 

Dr. Grace Mandigo, Vascular & Endovascular Neurosurgeon

Dr. Mandigo is an American Board of Neurological Surgery certified Neurosurgeon and Endovascular Neurosurgery specialist. She received her undergraduate education at Yale University where she graduated magna cum laude and earned her medical doctorate from Columbia, College of Physicians and Surgeons. She completed her Neurological Surgery Residency and Fellowship training in Endovascular Neurosurgery at the Neurological Institute at Columbia University in New York.

Dr. Mandigo’s practice is devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of cerebrovascular disease, including aneurysms, subarachnoid hemorrhage, arteriovenous malformations and fistulas, ischemic stroke and carotid stenosis. Because she is dually trained in open surgical and endovascular techniques, she is uniquely qualified to provide comprehensive management of such pathologies. She also specializes in the treatment of brain tumors, such as meningiomas, acoustic neuromas, gliomas and brain metastases, as well as the management of hydrocephalus.

 

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Overview

Outstanding patient care from an exceptional, multidisciplinary team

With surgical specialists and sub-specialists in all areas of Neurosurgery, a dedicated nursing team and world-class facilities combine to deliver outstanding care, making clear communication about complicated conditions a priority so that patients and their families are equipped to make wise decisions during critical times.

The size of our department enables individual surgeons to focus on their diverse specialties. St. Joseph’s University Medical Center works closely with Neurosurgeons from the best universities in New York and New Jersey to offer patients extraordinary technical expertise in fields as diverse as oncology, spine, vascular and pediatric neurosurgery.

We are committed to providing patients with the best, proven approaches for addressing their neurological conditions. Our treatment philosophy is essentially conservative: Surgery is not always the right solution and our cutting-edge treatments may be minimally invasive or noninvasive. We work with each patient to determine what is best for each individual case.

A true team effort

An advantage of our setting at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center is our focus on specialized expertise. Patients are directed to the most appropriate specialist rather than the first available surgeon promoting cross-discipline consultation.

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SJUMC is one of 12 Hospitals Nationwide with Five-Time Magnet Honors

St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, which includes St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, has again achieved Magnet® designation as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program. ® Just 12 hospitals nationwide have achieved this honor for nursing excellence for the fifth consecutive time, spanning 20 years.

“Magnet recognition reflects our ongoing commitment to deliver world-class care to our patients and their families,” said Judy Padula, Vice President, Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer, St. Joseph’s Health. “To earn Magnet recognition once was a great accomplishment and an incredible source of pride for our nurses. Our repeated designation underscores the foundation of excellence and values that drive our entire staff to strive harder each day to meet the health care needs of our community.”

The credentialing program recognizes excellence in nursing and is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice.

“We’re a better organization today because of our longstanding history as a Magnet hospital,” said Kevin J. Slavin, President & CEO, St. Joseph’s Health. “Attaining and maintaining Magnet recognition inspires every member of our team to achieve excellence every day.”

More than 800 nurses work within St. Joseph’s University Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. Committed to nursing excellence and professional development, they present research on local, regional and national levels. Nursing at St. Joseph’s is at the forefront of innovation to design evidence-based solutions to meet our community’s health needs.

Magnet recognition has become the gold standard for nursing excellence. To achieve Magnet status, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy application and on-site process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. The Magnet Model is designed to provide a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes – all elements that are deemed essential to delivering superior patient care. 

 

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Insurance Plan Listing

St. Joseph’s Health is dedicated to providing patients, consumers and caregivers with as much information as possible regarding potential health care costs. Accordingly, we have listed information on the insurers and products we participate in, as well as any exceptions.

This list may not be comprehensive. For example, specialty insurers – such as workers’ compensation and personal injury protection (“PIP”) – are not included because there are a number of different types of insurance products and we may not participate in all of them. If you do not see your plan listed on our website, we strongly recommend that you contact us or your health insurance plan to confirm whether your plan is in-network or out-of-network. It is also important that you contact your insurance company prior to receiving services or care at our facilities. Each plan is different and some provide different levels of coverage that could make a difference in your out-of-pocket costs. It is always best to contact your insurance company to obtain more information.

In addition, the physicians who provide care within St. Joseph’s Health facilities might not participate in the same insurance plans as St. Joseph’s Health. You should check with the physician who is arranging your healthcare services to see which insurance plans the physician participates in. You should also know that these healthcare professionals' costs are not included in the facility's charges. Professional services are separately billed by the provider.

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Price Transparency

Price Estimates

St Joseph’s Health is committed to pricing transparency to ensure our patients are fully aware of the cost of their medical care and their estimated financial obligation prior to receiving care. We can supply price estimates for most of the health care services we provide at our hospitals and outpatient locations.

For an estimate price of services, please call 973-754-2150 and select option 2. When calling, please have the patient’s name, address, and phone number available. You will also need to supply the procedure or service in question, current procedural terminology (CPT) codes (if available), and the insurance plan/policy number (if any) you will have at the time of services.

Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4:30 pm

Please note that price estimates are only “estimates” and may vary if additional services are provided or if complications arise. Prices may vary from patient to patient, depending on the services and patient’s insurance plan. 

Hospital Charges

St. Joseph’s Health provides our current and prospective patients with information on our standard charges for all items and services provided by the hospital. These charges are maintained in a large file called a hospital chargemaster.

It is important to know that the hospital’s standard “charge” for a service is not the same as what you may owe. The “charge” is the amount billed for an item or service which is billed to your insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, or directly to the patient if the patient does not have third-party insurance. A patient’s financial responsibility  is based on insurance coverage, deductible, co-insurance, and co-pay.

If a patient is uninsured, he or she may qualify for financial assistance through St. Joseph’s Financial Assistance Program. For more information please click here.

All professional charges (surgeons, radiologists, anesthesiologists, pathologists, and emergency room physician, etc.) are billed separately and are not included in the hospital’s charges.

If you need additional information, our Patient Access Department is available at 973-754-2150 option 2 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

To view our chargemaster, click here.

To view our Pharmacy chargemaster, click here.

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