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Dr. Schuler's CV

College:
University of Notre Dame

Medical School:
Indiana University School of Medicine

Residency:
Orthopaedic Surgery,
William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI

Fellowship:
Spinal Surgery, Kerlan - Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic,
Los Angeles, CA

Board Certification:
American Board of Spine Surgery
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Affiliations:
Fellow, American College of Spine Surgery
Fellow, American College of Surgeons
Fellow, American College of Orthopaedic Surgery
North American Spine Society
Spinal Research Foundation
World Presidents Organization

Recent Awards

U.S. News & World Report has recently named him among the top 1% of physicians in his specialty nationwide

Northern Virginia Magazine, Top Doctors 2017

Washingtonian, Top Doctor 2016

Spine Surgeon Leader to Know 2016, Becker's Spine Review

70 Spine Surgeons Using Robotic Systems, Becker's Spine Review

Top 12 Spine Surgeons for Professional Athletes

Top 10 Spine Surgeons for NFL Teams

100 Best Spine Surgeons and Specialists in America

Top 326 Spine Surgeons to Know, Becker's Spine Review

Consumer’s Research Council of America Top Surgeons

Top 10 Spine Surgeon Advocates

The Spine Journal Editors’ Choice Award

Best of United States, “Best Physician

2013 Super Doctors

Thomas C. Schuler, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Chief Executive Officer
Founder
Spinal Surgeon

Dr. Schuler founded Virginia Spine Institute in 1992 to advance the development of contemporary neurological and orthopaedic spinal surgery. Today his knowledge, leadership, and innovative techniques have revolutionized spinal healthcare and restored the livestyles of thousands nationwide. Over the past two decades, he has grown this award-winning medical practice into the largest multidisciplinary spinal practice in the region. As the Founder and CEO of Virginia Spine Institute, Dr. Schuler’s passion for improving lives extends beyond his patients to the local community and his employees. 

In addition to performing the first hybrid multi-level cervical artificial disc replacement with spinal fusion in the country, he has first-hand experience of this procedure from the patient perspective. After suffering from severe neck pain, disc herniations, and nerve compression, Dr. Schuler underwent a hybrid procedure to treat four levels of his spine and is fully recovered and back to his life, pain free.

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The miracle of modern spinal surgery is that through minimal disruption of tissues, one can achieve great success in restoring their active lifestyles. I have first hand experienced this as a surgeon and now as a patient and can say that I am ecstatic to live in the age when so much disability can be overcome with the modern advancements of spinal health care and skilled specialists.

Dr. Schuler is double-board certified in spine surgery and orthopaedic surgery. His visionary leadership as President of the Spinal Research Foundation (a national 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization) fosters the pursuit of improving spinal healthcare for all Americans. Most recently he has pioneered the latest alternatives to spine surgery in the form of regenerative therapy. He has participated in numerous FDA-approved studies and has expertise in biologics and the use of stem cells in spinal surgery. He is recognized as a national leader in the treatment of cervical and lumbar spine disorders and named among the 100 Best Spine Surgeons and Specialists in America. Most notably, U.S. News & World Report named him among the top 1% of physicians in his specialty nationwide.

As the spine consultant to the Washington Redskins since 1993, he returns elite athletes and weekend warriors back to their game safely and quickly using the latest non-operative and operative techniques. As a result of this success, he is ranked as one of the Top 12 Spine Surgeons for Professional Athletes and Top 10 Spine Surgeons for NFL Teams.

Through his leadership, Virginia Spine Institute has received the Best of Reston Award for community service, and the Best Places to Work award from the Washington Business Journal, Washingtonian Magazine, and The Washington Post. 

Patient Success Stories

" Virginia Spine improved my life immeasurably! "

Rollin B. Business Owner & Active Father