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Neurosurgery

Expertise when it matters most

When you and your doctor has decided that surgery is the best treatment option for your neurologic disorder, you can feel confident choosing the experts at Mercy Health System. Through a partnership with the Jefferson Neuroscience Network, Mercy Health System offers access to a team of highly skilled neurosurgeons who are among the best in the nation.

Proven excellence in cancer care

You can use the combined services of Mercy Neurology, Jefferson Neurosurgery at Mercy and Mercy Cancer Center to access both surgical and non-surgical cancer treatment options. Cancer patients have access to nurse navigators who will personally guide them through the diagnosis, treatment and recovery process.

Experienced neurosurgeons to treat various conditions

Our expert surgeons perform numerous procedures, including:

In addition, Jefferson neurosurgeons provide around-the-clock coverage at Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia Hospitals. A number of these award-winning physicians have been published in numerous international medical journals and are recognized leaders in their field.

Neurosurgical Staff

Some of the Philadelphia region's leading board-certified neurosurgeons practice at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital and Mercy Philadelphia Hospital, as part of Jefferson Neurosurgery at Mercy, including: 

Kevin D. Judy, MD

Dr. Kevin Judy leads the Jefferson Neurosurgery at Mercy practice at Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia Hospitals. Named one of Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs in 2011, 2012 and 2014, Dr. Judy specializes in neuro-oncology and stereotactic radiosurgery. He completed fellowship training at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. 

David W. Andrews, MD

Recognized as the world leader in radiosurgery, including establishing the first Radiosurgery Program in the Delaware Valley, Dr. David Andrews subspecializes in surgical and radiosurgical treatment of brain tumors, neuro-oncologic neurosurgery with image-guidance and intraoperative motor and speech corticography, neuroendoscopic neurosurgery, biologically-based treatment of malignant gliomas, MRI-based stereotactic biopsy and conventional fraction stereotactic radiotherapy. He completed a fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He has been named as one of Philadelphia Magazine’s Top Docs in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014.

Christopher J. Farrell, MD

Dr. Christopher Farell has expertise in the management of benign and malignant brain tumors, including meningiomas, acoustic neuromas, pituitary tumors and gliomas. He completed his neurosurgery residency at Harvard University, a research fellowship by the American Brain Tumor Association to study immunotherapeutic approaches for the treatment of malignant gliomas, and a fellowship in cranial base surgery at the Semmes-Murphey Neurologic & Spine Institute in Memphis, TN.

Joshua E. Heller, MD

Dr. Joshua Heller has expertise in the treatment of complex disorders of the spine including spinal deformity. He completed his neurosurgical residency training at Temple University, and two combined orthopedic and neurosurgery fellowships in spine surgery. He was trained in pediatric spinal deformity at Shriners’ Hospitals for Children, and adult complex spine surgery with an emphasis on the treatment of adult spinal deformity at the University of Virginia. In addition to spine surgery, Dr. Heller has expertise in the treatment of disorders of the peripheral nervous system as well as traumatic brain injury.

Jack Jallo, MD, PhD

Dr. Jack Jallo has expertise in general neurosurgery and adult reconstructive spine surgery. He has an extensive list of published research in leading medical journals. Dr. Jallo has authored or co-authored 18 book chapters and edited two text books of neurosurgery. His research has been funded through industry grants and through the National Institutes of Health. He completed a Fellowship in Neurotrauma and Critical Care at Temple University Hospital.

Henry Kesler, MD

Dr. Henry Kesler focuses on issues such as head and spine injuries, degenerative spine disease, brain cancer, neurological infections and stroke. Dr. Kesler completed a Neurocritical Care fellowship at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. He served as chief neurosurgery resident at the University of Rochester Medical Center and earned his medical degree from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. Dr. Kesler has an extensive healthcare background, having also earned nursing and physician assistant degrees.

    Contact Jefferson Neurosurgery at Mercy

    Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital

    Medical Office Building
    1501 Lansdowne Avenue
    Suite 308
    Darby, PA 19023
    Phone: 610.534.6142

    Mercy Philadelphia Hospital

    Medical Office Building
    501 South 54th Street
    Suite 28 
    Philadelphia, PA 19143
    Phone: 610.534.6142