Christopher J. Farrell, MD

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909 Walnut Street
2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 955-7000
(215) 503-7037 fax

Medical School

BA, Haverford College, Haverford, PA
MD, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA


Department of Neurosurgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, Boston, MA
Attending Neurosurgeon, Department of Neurosurgery, Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School


Cranial Base Surgery, Semmes-Murphey Neurologic & Spine Institute, Memphis, TN

Hospital Appointment

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Methodist Hospital Division of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Expertise & Research Interests

Dr. Christopher Farrell is an Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery and a member of the Division of Neuro-Oncologic Neurosurgery and Stereotactic Radiosurgery. He has individual expertise in the management of benign and malignant brain tumors, including meningiomas, acoustic neuromas, pituitary tumors, and gliomas.

Dr. Farrell graduated with honors from Haverford College and received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine where he was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) honor society and received a Measey Foundation Scholarship for academic achievement. He then completed his residency in neurosurgery at Harvard University at the Massachusetts General Hospital and was awarded a prestigious research fellowship by the American Brain Tumor Association to study immunotherapeutic approaches for the treatment of malignant gliomas. Following his residency, he remained on faculty as an attending neurosurgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital before leaving to pursue advanced training in skull base surgery at the Semmes-Murphey Neurologic & Spine Institute under the mentorship of Dr. Jon Robertson, former president of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and North American Skull Base Society.

Dr. Farrell performs both traditional and minimally invasive approaches for the management of brain tumors as well as stereotactic radiosurgery including Gamma Knife and Novalis.

In addition, Dr. Farrell maintains a very active clinical practice for the management of Trigeminal Neuralgia, Hemifacial Spasm & Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia, offering a full array of treatments ranging from microvascular decompression to noninvasive Gamma Knife radiosurgery. Dr. Farrell also possesses expertise in the management of Chiari Malformations and has presented his research and surgical results both nationally and internationally.

Other Expertise

Trigeminal Neuralgia
Hemifacial Spasm
Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia
Chiari Malformation


Neurosurgery; Brain Tumors; Glioma; Low Grade Glioma; Glioblastoma; Meningioma; Brain Metastasis; Pituitary Adenoma; Acromegaly; Prolactinoma; Craniopharyngioma; Skull Base Surgery; Endoscopic; Minimally Invasive; Radiosurgery; Gamma Knife; Acoustic Neuroma; Pineal Tumor; Trigeminal Neuralgia; Hemifacial Spasm; Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia; Hydrocephalus; Chiari Malformation