Dr. Francis Kralick is a board certified Neurosurgeon and fellowship
trained by Dr. Frederick Simeone in complex spinal surgery. Dr. Kralick
earned a BS degree in Engineering Physics and then completed his
graduate study in Biomedical Engineering at The Ohio State University.
He feels that this background in mechanics and engineering principles
gives him an advantage in the technology-rich field of Neurosurgery and
particularly spinal surgery. His engineering background has also been
critical in collaborative translational research with the Engineering
department at Drexel. He is co-principal investigator on numerous
National Institute of Health sponsored grants using innovative MEMS
technology for development of intracranial pressure monitors and CSF
shunts. This work has yielded many patents and he has authored numerous
scientific articles and textbook chapters. He continues to be committed
to teaching medical students, residents and surgeons the latest
techniques in spinal surgery.
He graduated with highest honors from Nova-Southeastern College of
Medicine. This was followed by residency training at Philadelphia
College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA where he was awarded a national
resident achievement award in Neurosurgery in 2001. He has also been
awarded numerous honors for scholastic and academic achievements,
including scientific presentations. He was inducted as a fellow into
American College of Osteopathic Surgeons in 2008. He is currently an
Assistant Professor at Drexel University College of Medicine Department
of Neurosurgery. He is the director of complex spinal surgery at
Hahnemann University Hospital, a level one trauma hospital and teaching
hospital in urban Philadelphia.
Dr. Kralick is one of the founding members of the University Spine
Institute. Dr. Kralick draws on his experience in complex spinal
surgery to work with patients towards a common goal: spine health.
Though he strives to avoid surgery, if conservative measures fail to
adequately relieve pain and surgery is clinically indicated, Dr.
Kralick performs minimally-invasive surgery to reduce discomfort. Dr.
Kralick performs a myriad of elective and trauma spine surgeries. His
expertise in treating cerebral spinal fluid anomalies is displayed by
his surgical experience, as well as in his research. Though his focus
at the University Spine Institute is diagnosis of the ailing spine, Dr.
Kralick isnâ€™t limited to spine surgery. He performs cranial procedures
ranging from craniotomies to tumor excisions, in both trauma and
Dr. Kralick encourages patients to play an active role in their own
spine health by leading a lifestyle that attributes to a healthy back.
However, natural degeneration of the spine over time often leaves a
patient with limited options. At the University Spine Institute, he is
committed to providing outstanding neurosurgical intervention which
entails working with primary-care physicians, pain-management
specialists, neurologists and other professionals to determine the best
course of action for each patient. If surgery becomes the only option
he can offer, each patient is guided through the process and questions
are carefully considered and answered to allow a patient to make an
informed decision. Dr. Kralick and his staff are dedicated to educating
patients about their diagnoses and offering realistic goals for
recovery so that patients may return to their normal activities as soon
as possible. It is his desire to get patients â€śback on trackâ€ť through
the least invasive options.
Dr. Francis Kralick is a Neurosurgeon with University Spine Institute, Philadelphia, PA, USA, 19107.