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Dr. Schuler's CV

University of Notre Dame

Medical School:
Indiana University School of Medicine

Orthopaedic Surgery,
William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI

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

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

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

Northern Virginia Magazine, Top Doctor 2020

Top Doctor 2020, Virginia Living Magazine

Top Spine Surgeon 2019/2020, Virginia Magazine - Top Doctors

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd, Top Doctor 2019

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

Named Top Doctor among Leading Physicians of the World, International Association of HealthCare Professionals

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd, Top Doctor 2018

Northern Virginia Magazine, Top Doctors 2018

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd, America's Top Doctor 2017

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.

Spine Surgeon
Chief Executive Officer
Founder of Virginia Spine Institute

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 lifestyles of tens of thousands nationwide. Over the past 25 years 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 continues to pioneer the latest breakthroughs in treatment solutions for patients. He has expanded his practice to include regenerative therapystem cell therapy, robotic spine surgery, ultrasonic spine surgery, and enhanced motion-preserving surgical techniques that benefit patients across the globe. 

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. His experience as a patient, having undergone both neck and low back surgery, affords him the unique ability to better understand his patients’ emotional and physical needs and the recovery process. Click to watch his journey from spine surgery, back to his active lifestyle and demanding career! 

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, Dr. Schuler returned 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.

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