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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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