Dr. Francis Kralick, a board-certified neurosurgeon, is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Drexel University College of Medicine, as well as the chief of neurosurgery at Hahnemann University Hospital, a Level I trauma center. 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. He performs cranial procedures ranging from craniotomies to tumor excisions, in both trauma and elective cases. He maintains outpatient offices in Philadelphia and Jennersville, Pa.
Dr. Kralick joined the faculty of Drexel University College of Medicine in 2002. He earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering physics and then completed his graduate study in biomedical engineering at The Ohio State University. This background in mechanics and engineering principles gives him an advantage in the technology-rich field of neurosurgery and particularly in spinal surgery.
His engineering background has also been critical in collaborative translational research with the College of Engineering at Drexel University. He is co-principal investigator on numerous National Institutes 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.
Dr. Kralick obtained his D.O. degree with highest honors from Nova-Southeastern College of Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. This was followed by residency training at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he was awarded a national resident achievement award in neurosurgery in 2001. He was fellowship-trained by Dr. Frederick Simeone in complex spinal surgery. He has also been awarded numerous honors for scholastic and academic achievements, including scientific presentations. He was inducted as a fellow into the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons in 2008.
"In-Vitro and In-Vivo Trans-Scalp Evaluation of an Intracranial Pressure Implant at 2.4 GHz"
Kawoos U, Tofighi MR, Warty R, Kralick FA, Rosen A.
IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, 2008. 56(10): p. 2356-2365.
"A novel microdevice for the treatment of hydrocephalus: design and fabrication of an array of microvalves and microneedles"
Emam M, Abashiya Y, Chareunsack B, Skordos J, Oh J, Choi Y, Kralick F, Noh H.
Microsystem Technologies: Micro- and Nanosystems Information Storage and Processing Systems, 2008. 14(3): p. 371-378.
"Embedded Microwave System for the Monitoring of Intracranial Pressure"
Kawoos U, Warty R, Tofighi MR, Kralick FA, Yoo D, Neal T, Rosen A.
IEEE Radio Wireless Symposium, January 2008.
"Implantable microsystem for the treatment of hydrocephalus"
Emam M, Abashiya Y, Chareunsack B, Skordos J, Oh J, Choi Y, Kralick FA, Hoh H
J of Microengineering and Micromachines, accepted October 2007.
"Issues in Wireless Intracranial Pressure Monitoring at Microwave Frequency"
Kawoos U, Tofighi MR, Kralick FA, Rosen A.
Progress in Electromagnetism, 2007 submitted.
"Sciatica in a patient with unusual peripheral nerve sheath tumors"
Kralick, F. and R. Koenigsberg
Surgical Neurology, 2006. 66(6): p. 634-637.
"Wireless intracranial pressure monitoring through scalp at microwave frequencies; preliminary phantom and animal study"
Tofighi, M.-R., Kawoos, U. Kralick, F.A. Rosen, A.,
IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium Digest, 2006: p. 1738-1741.
"Neurosurgical Treatment of Hypothalamic Hamartoma Producing Intractable Gelastic Seizures and Precocious Puberty"
JAONS, 2001. 1: p. 17-22.
"The trigeminal evoked potential: Part I. Long-latency responses in awake or anesthetized subjects"
Stechison, M.T. and F.J. Kralick.
Neurosurgery, 1993. 33(4): p. 633-8.
"Posterior Cervical Fusion Using the Unisom System"
Simeone F, Kralick FA
Spinal Instrumentation: Surgical Techniques, Eds. Kim, Vaccaro, Fessler. Thieme 2005.