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Thomas Schuler, MD, FACS, FAAOS

Spine Surgeon
Founder of Virginia Spine Institute
Chief Executive Officer

One of Dr. Schuler’s greatest passions is improving lives! In 1992 he founded Virginia Spine Institute to create a center of exceptional healthcare. This was necessary since the field of spine surgery was in its infancy. Today, his powerful vision has resulted in an internationally renowned institute. Through his leadership and medical innovations, Dr. Schuler and his interdisciplinary team have revolutionized spinal healthcare, thus transforming the lives of millions worldwide. 

Dr. Schuler is double-board certified and trained in neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery of the spine. He is a recognized international leader in the treatment of neck and low back conditions. Dr. Schuler is noted among the 100 best spine surgeons and specialists in America. US News and World Report named him among the top 1% of physicians in his specialty nationwide. He serves as President of the National Spine Health Foundation, and Chairman of its Medical and Scientific Board. His work with the foundation enables him to collaborate with his peers, the top spinal surgeons in the nation, to educate the world as to the most effective treatments in modern spinal healthcare. 

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One of Dr. Schuler’s greatest passions is improving lives! In 1992 he founded Virginia Spine Institute to create a center of exceptional healthcare. This was necessary since the field of spine surgery was in its infancy. Today, his powerful vision has resulted in an internationally renowned institute. Through his leadership and medical innovations, Dr. Schuler and his interdisciplinary team have revolutionized spinal healthcare, thus transforming the lives of millions worldwide. 

Dr. Schuler is double-board certified and trained in neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery of the spine. He is a recognized international leader in the treatment of neck and low back conditions. Dr. Schuler is noted among the 100 best spine surgeons and specialists in America. US News and World Report named him among the top 1% of physicians in his specialty nationwide. He serves as President of the National Spine Health Foundation, and Chairman of its Medical and Scientific Board. His work with the foundation enables him to collaborate with his peers, the top spinal surgeons in the nation, to educate the world as to the most effective treatments in modern spinal healthcare. 

Dr. Schuler’s passion for his patients’ recovery is fueled by his experience as a patient. Not only is he a world-class surgeon, but Dr. Schuler has also been on the receiving end of spinal surgery. He suffered from severe neck pain, three disc herniations, and nerve compression which resulted in him undergoing a cervical hybrid surgery. Interestingly, Dr. Schuler performed the first hybrid multilevel cervical artificial disc replacement and spinal fusion in the Nation only a few months prior to his own surgery. His recovery further instilled in him greater empathy for his patients’ emotional and physical needs. Click to watch Dr. Schuler’s journey from debilitating neck and arm symptoms back to an active life and demanding career.

Awards & Recognition

  • Top 10 Spine Surgeons for NFL Teams
  • Top 12 Spine Surgeons for Professional Athletes
  • 70 Spine Surgeons Using Robotic Systems, Becker's Spine Review
  • Top 10 Spine Surgeon Advocates
  • 100 Best Spine Surgeons and Specialists in America
  • The Spine Journal Editors’ Choice Award
  • Best of United States, “Best Physician”
Credentials

College

University of Notre Dame

Medical School

Indiana University School of Medicine

Residency

Orthopaedic Surgery, William Beaumont Hospital (Royal Oak, Michigan)

Fellowship

Spinal Surgery

Kerlan - Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic (Los Angeles, California)

Double-Board Certified

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

President of the Board of Trustees, National Spine Health Foundation

YPO - Young Presidents Organization (Past Chairman)

Chairman of the Medical and Scientific Board, National Spine Health Foundation

Board of Trustees - HCA Reston Hospital Center

North American Spine Society

Eagle Scout

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