The Spine Institute of Southern New Jersey

Meet R.J. Meagher, M.D. F.A.A.N.S. – Back Home to Heal

Dr. Meagher has deep roots in South Jersey. Born in Woodbury, he often visited his grandparents in Vineland and was raised in Glassboro, where his father taught biology and is a Professor Emeritus at Rowan University. After graduating as Valedictorian from Glassboro High School, Dr. Meagher received his B.A. from Swarthmore College with a degree in Psychobiology. He graduated with his M.D. from Robert W. Wood Johnson Medical School and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. During his neurosurgical residency at Temple University Health Sciences Center, Dr. Meagher engaged in extensive laboratory work in neurotrauma at Temple University Hospital. He is a minimally invasive spinal surgery expert.

As long as I can remember, I was encouraged to understand the importance of health and medicine. Growing up with a father who was a biology professor, I was surrounded by model skeletons and microscopes, etc. It wasn’t until I engaged in my college studies that I decide to become a doctor. I was attracted by the combination of scientific learning and the opportunity to have such a positive impact on a patient’s life.

Providing neurosurgical care at The Spine Institute of Southern New Jersey offers me the opportunity to treat acute and chronic neurological and orthopaedic disorders. I can make a significant impact on the lives of my patients. From scoliosis in teens to herniated discs in athletes and degenerative spine disorders in older adults, I find spine care to be one of the most challenging, complex and exciting fields of medicine. Opportunities for appropriate care range from conservative approaches to advanced technological innovative surgery.

I am particularly interested in the complexities and function of the human spine, the effects of traumatic brain injury and people who have suffered neurological and spinal trauma. My goal is to minimize pain and maximize function.
I focus on treating the patient as a whole rather than just a particular body part or diagnosis. I like patients to feel as though they are active participants in their care. I feel very fortunate to be back in my hometown area of South Jersey at The Spine Institute of Southern New Jersey where I am able to help others whom have sustained neurological injuries or disability from disease. I have observed that patients exhibit a remarkable ability to recover and will to return to their
pre-injury functional level.

At the Spine Institute of Southern New Jersey, I have access to using the best tools and technology to solve human problems. Applying the technical aspects of medicine is very rewarding; patients get better faster using minimally invasive spinal surgery techniques. I love the satisfaction of getting them back to a high level of function, doing what they love to do.