Virginia Spine Surgeons Named Top 50 Spine Surgeons in Nation
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Four Virginia Spine Institute Spine Surgeons Named ‘Top 50 Spine Surgeons in the Nation’.

Authored by Dr. Thomas Schuler, MD, FACS, FAAOS, Dr. Christopher Good, MD, FACS, Dr. Colin Haines, MD, Dr. Ehsan Jazini, MD. May 12, 2022


Dr. Thomas Schuler, Dr. Christopher Good, Dr. Colin Haines, and Dr. Ehsan Jazini are recognized among an esteemed group of top national spine experts to serve on the National Spine Health Foundation Medical and Scientific Board.

RESTON, Va., May 12. 2022 — Four spine surgeons from Virginia Spine Institute in Reston, Virginia join recognized leaders in the recent release of the ‘Top 50 Spine Surgeons in the Nation’. Marking two decades of research, patient education, and advocacy, The National Spine Health Foundation (NSHF) puts out the list to highlight world-renowned medical professionals who are pioneers in groundbreaking research and innovations in spinal healthcare and will comprise this patient-centered nonprofit’s  Medical and Scientific Board. 

The experts joining the esteemed list of Top 50 Spine Surgeons are:

Dr. Thomas Schuler, Founder, CEO, Spine Surgeon at Virginia Spine Institute. Chairman of the NSHF Medical and Scientific Board.

Dr. Christopher Good, President and Spine Surgeon at Virginia Spine Institute. Vice Chair of the NSHF Medical and Scientific Board. 

Dr. Colin Haines, Director of Research and Spine Surgeon at Virginia Spine Institute. Member of the NSHF Medical and Scientific Board.

Dr. Ehsan Jazini, Spine Surgeon at Virginia Spine Institute. Member of the NSHF Medical and Scientific Board.

Virginia Spine Institute is a globally recognized team of board-certified spine surgeons, and over the past three decades, they have dramatically improved the quality of life for more than 100,000 people. The multidisciplinary center of excellence employs trailblazers in non-surgical and surgical treatments and provides natural healing options with regenerative medicine. This elite team has accomplished many worlds and national firsts in spine surgery including motion-preserving multi-level disc replacements, robotic spine surgery, augmented reality, and endoscopic spine surgery. These advances have proven to deliver safer, more effective, and efficient surgeries. 

“It is a true honor to have our spine surgeons be recognized among the top in the nation for helping people move past the pain, heal from injury, and resume their active lives,” comments Dr. Thomas Schuler, Founder/CEO and Spine Surgeon at Virginia Spine Institute. “I am supremely proud every day of the dedication and difference our team displays in their quest to improve lives and promote hope and healing.”

NSHF is the United States’ only nonprofit, patient-centered organization dedicated to helping patients overcome debilitating spinal conditions and improve their quality of life.

The Medical & Scientific Board also works to improve spinal healthcare for all through education, research, patient advocacy, and unparalleled access to world-class experts. 


Dr. Thomas Schuler is a world-renowned, double board certified spine surgeon; trained in both neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery of the spine. He founded Virginia Spine Institute in 1992 and is a recognized international leader in the treatment of neck and lower back conditions. Dr. Schuler is noted among the 100 best spine surgeons in America, and serves as President of the National Spine Health Foundation as well as Chairman of its Medical and Scientific Board. Learn more about Dr. Schuler. 

Dr. Christopher Good is a double board certified spine surgeon and the President of Virginia Spine Institute. Established as a world expert in the field, Dr. Good has pioneered the use of robotics, navigation, and augmented reality (AR) in spine surgery. He performed the first two-level disc replacement in Metro DC, Maryland, and Virginia region, and continues to evolve motion-enhancing procedures for patients suffering from neck and back conditions. Dr. Good has been named “Top Doctor” consistently over the past decade.  Learn more about Dr. Christopher Good.

Dr. Colin Haines is a board certified spine surgeon and the Director of Research at Virginia Spine Institute. Dr. Haines performed the world’s first combined endoscopic and robot-guided spine surgery. His patient success has earned him a national feature on The Today Show and WebMD, and Top Doctor recognition in consecutive years.. Learn more about Dr. Haines.

Dr. Ehsan Jazini is a board certified spine surgeon at Virginia Spine Institute. He has been the first in the nation, and in the world, to perform advanced surgical techniques in cervical disc replacement, augmented reality (AR) spine surgery, and robotic spine surgery. Dr. Jazini was the first in the world to perform Augmented Reality guided personalized spine implant surgery using artificial intelligence. As a leading published author in the field of spine surgery, Dr. Jazini was selected as the Editor in Chief of The Spine Health Journal for the National Spine Health Foundation. Learn more about Dr. Jazini.

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