I focus on patients' outcomes while carefully weighing risks and benefits. I achieve this by careful patient selection with consideration to timing and extent of a proposed surgical intervention. Not only have I developed these skills through rigorous training in medical school residency and fellowship, but also from my underpinning as an engineer and innate mechanical ability. I have cultivated my skills during my 25 years of practice in Philadelphia. There I have served as Chief of Neurosurgery at Hahnemann University Hospital and Professor of Neurosurgery at Drexel and Biomedical Engineering at Rowan University. These experiences combined have provided me robust exposure of injury, illness, as well as the latest innovations and surgical solutions to repair and restore patients quality of life with an awareness of limitations of surgery. It is not only what I recommend to my patients, but how I explain the nature of their problem and potential solutions. I try to describe the nature of the patient's problem with honesty, respect, and understanding. This includes how much we as clinicians do not know or predict. I discuss surgical solutions with clear and concise language. I also demonstrate the proper degree of humility in managing expectations. I am careful to underscore that I cannot guarantee an outcome, only that I will work as hard as I can to accurately diagnose their medical condition with expertise and offer realistic treatment. Oftentimes the decision not to operate is the more crucial decision and the best course of action.
Dr. Kralick is a Penn Affiliated Surgeon and joined Shore Physicians Group in 2016. He board certified in Neurological Surgery since 2005, with subspecialty in complex spinal surgery under the tutelage of Dr. Fred Simeone, previous chairman of Jefferson University of Dept of Neurosurgery. He also carries the special distinction of FACOS which designates additional contribution in academics, teaching and innovation to the field of Neurosurgery. He has been recognized with many awards while a resident and was magna cum laude of his medical school class. This after earning a BS in Engineering Physics at The Ohio State University. He trained and practiced in Philadelphia for 25 years where he has authored many scientific papers and holds numerous patents for devices in Neurosurgery. He has trained many surgical residents as well as medical and engineering at Rowan University. It is with humility and respect that he brings that expertise to Shore Physicians Group. His primary focus is utilizing the best practice strategies in obtaining the best possible outcomes for his patients and most importantly not recommending surgery if success is unlikely. While being a talented surgeon and thoughtful clinician he provides his patients a variety of options to return to an active healthy lifestyle. His mantra is “Back to Life”.
Francis Kralick, DO was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Kralick received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics/Biomedical Engineering from Ohio State University. His interest in Biomedical Engineering prompted him to pursue a degree in Neuroscience from Ohio State University, and his Doctor of Osteopathy from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Kralick was fellowship trained under Dr. Simeone. Dr. Kralick specializes in Complex Spine procedures with his end goal of return people back to their life.
*Stechison, M.T. and F.J. Kralick, The trigeminal evoked potential: Part I. Long-latency responses in awake or anesthetized subjects. Neurosurgery, 1993. 33(4): p. 633-8.
*Kralick, F., Neurosurgical Treatment of Hypothalamic Hamartoma Producing Intractable Gelastic Seizures and Precocious Puberty. JAONS, 2001. 1: p. 17-22.
*Kralick, F. and R. Koenigsberg, Sciatica in a patient with unusual peripheral nerve sheath tumors. Surgical Neurology, 2006. 66(6): p. 634-637.
*Tofighi, M.-R., Kawoos, U. Kralick, F.A. Rosen, A., Wireless intracranial pressure monitoring through scalp at microwave frequencies; preliminary phantom and animal study. IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium Digest, 2006: p. 1738-1741.
*U. Kawoos, R. V. Warty, F. A. Kralick, M. R. Tofighi and A. Rosen. “Issues in Wireless Intracranial Pressure Monitoring at Microwave Frequencies”, PIERS Online Vol. 3 No. 6 2007 pp: 927-931
*Kawoos, U. Tofighi, M. R. Warty, R. Kralick, F. A. Rosen, A., In-Vitro and In-Vivo Trans-Scalp Evaluation of an Intracranial Pressure Implant at 2.4 GHz. IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, 2008. 56(10): p. 2356-2365.
*Emam, M. Abashiya, Y. Chareunsack, B. Skordos, J. Oh, J. Choi, Y. Kralick, F. Noh, H., A novel microdevice for the treatment of hydrocephalus: design and fabrication of an array of microvalves and microneedles. Microsystem Technologies-Micro-and Nanosystems-Information Storage and Processing Systems, 2008. 14(3): p. 371-378.
*U. Kawoos, R. V. Warty; M. R. Tofighi, F.A.Kralick, D. Yoo, T. Neal, A. Rosen Embedded microwave system for monitoring of intracranial pressure, Proceedings of 2009 IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium, p 119-122, 2009
*Kralick FA, Noh H, Design and Fabrication of a PDMS/Parylene Microvalve for the Treatment of Hydrocephalus,Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, Vol. 20, No. 4, August 2011, p 811-818
*Kralick FA, Oh J, Medina T, Noh H. Microfabricated Shunt to Mimic Arachnoid Granulations for the Treatment of Communicating Hydrocephalus. Acta Neurochirurgica accepted Jan 2011
O. Sheikh, A. Reaves, F. A. Kralick, A. Brooks R. E. Musial,e J. Gasperino, Malignant Nerve Sheath Tumor of the Spinal Accessory Nerve: A Unique Presentation of a Rare Tumor, The Journal of Clinical Neurology 2012; 8: 1-4
Simeone F, Kralick FA. Posterior Cervical Fusion using the Unisom System. Spinal Instrumentation: Surgical Techniques, Eds. Kim, Vaccaro, Fessler. Thieme 2005
Kralick FA. Oh J, Kim G, Medina T, Noh H Microfabricated Shunt to Mimic the Function and Location of Arachnoid Granulations for the Treatment of Communicating Hydrocephalus, Eds. Schuhmann, Czosnyka. Intracranial Pressure and Brain Monitoring XIV, Acta Neurochirurgica Supplementeum, Vol. 114, Springer-Verlag/Wien, 2012
Kawoos U, Tofighi M, Rosen A, Kralick FA, Embedded Microwave Sensors for Intracranial Pressure Monitoring, Eds. Mostafeanezhad, Boric-Lubecke and Lin, Medical and Biological Microwave Sensors and Systems, Cambridge Univ Press, In Press
Kralick FA, Parrish W, Orr G, Willet D. Method for the Stimulation of Cell Growth and the Inhibition of Cell Proliferation by Utilization of Selenodithiols such as Selenodiglutathione. US patent #5,104,854: Issued April 12, 1992.
Kralick FA, Parrish W. Method for the Inhibition of the Proliferation of Cancer Cells in a Tumor Sensitive to Treatment with a Selenodithiol by Injection into a Tumor. US patent #5,104,854: Issued April 14, 1992.
Kralick FA, Noh Hongseok, Implantable Micro-System for the Treatment of Hydrocephalus, CIP
Kralick FA, Noh Hongseok, Implantable Micro-System for the Treatment of Hydrocephalus. US Patent No. US 8206334 B2,
Kawoos U, Rosen A, Rosen H, Kralick FA. Microwave Intracranial Pressure Implant and CSF Drainage. US Patent No. 12/558,157
In Practice Since:
2002 at Drexel University and Hahnemann University Hospital serving as Chief of Neurosurgery and Associate Professor Neurological Surgery
Staff is very kind. And Dr Kralick is a great surgeon. I’m a little over two weeks post op and i feel so much better. I would highly recommend Shore Physician. I have already recommended Dr Kralick to a friend.