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How to Find the Best Spine Surgeon

Authored by Dr. Thomas Schuler, MD, FACS, FAAOS. May 3, 2022

People want to know how to find the best spine surgeon in the country. As one of the premier spine surgeons, the National Spine Health Foundation has named Dr. Thomas Schuler (and his three partner physicians at Virginia Spine Institute) as one of America’s Top 50 Spine Surgeons. Dr. Schuler weighs in to help people find the best spine surgeon that will help them resolve their back or neck condition.

Dr. Schuler’s Top 5 criteria to consider when selecting the best spine surgeon for you:

  1. Does the physician build trust with the patient?
  2. Does the physician listen to the patient?
  3. Does the surgeon have a dynamic team supporting him/her?
  4. Does the surgeon have the ability to perform and manage both nonsurgical options and innovative surgical procedures?
  5. Does the surgeon offer natural healing options in the form of regenerative medicine (stem cell therapy, PRP, adipose fat injections)?

Choosing a surgeon that is well trained and well-rounded is important but also consider someone who will listen to you and spends the time necessary to build rapport and understand your goals for recovery. Because each person needs to be treated as an individual, you’re not an x-ray, you’re not an MRI, you’re a person and the surgeon needs to personalize the treatment and customize the care so that you get what is best to help you. That’s how you find the best spine surgeon!

Virginia Spine Institute’s reputation is unmatched as a world-renowned luxury destination in spinal healthcare, dedicated to providing an elevated level of concierge care for those suffering from neck and back conditions. For three decades, their proven methods have led them to dramatically improving the quality of life for over 100,000 patients, from 32 countries.


People seek care from Virginia Spine Institute because of their elite team of board-certified spine-specialized physicians offering unique approaches to safe and effective back and neck pain relief. As one of the few centers that begin treatment with non-surgical options before recommending surgery, 90% of their patients get better without spine surgery. Through a comprehensive model, Virginia Spine Institute is able to offer regenerative medicine, non-operative treatments, minimally-invasive spine surgery, and physical therapy through their team of spine specialists.


The team’s dedication to detail and patient success is a shining light in the field of spinal healthcare. As pioneers and leaders in this field, they have also accomplished many of the world’s firsts in spine surgery by using modern treatments and cutting-edge technology not offered anywhere else.

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Dr. Thomas Schuler, MD, FACS, FAAOS

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