VSI Physicians Recognized as Washington’s Top Doctors of 2022

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Virginia Spine Institute doctors, Dr. Thomas Schuler, Dr. Christopher Good, Dr. Niteesh Bharara, and Dr. Colin Haines have all been recognized by Modern Luxury’s Medicine + Doctors of Washington Magazine as Washington’s Top Doctors of 2022.

Medicine + Doctors of Washington Magazine delivers insightful medical news, business features, health expert profiles, and the latest technologies and innovations in the field for the metro-DC area. They have partnered with Castle Connolly to showcase the best of the best when it comes to listing the top medical professionals in the Washington region. This list celebrates the top 7% of doctors and is chosen based on a variety of parameters.

For over 25 years, Castle Connolly has served as the ultimate healthcare resource to identify the top doctors from over 72 medical specialties in select markets across the United States. Their established nomination survey, research, screening and selection process involves many hundreds of thousands of physicians as well as academic medical centers, specialty hospitals and regional and community hospitals all across the nation.
Each physician’s selection and nomination goes beyond their interpersonal skills, as they are also evaluated for their experience, professional qualifications, education, board certifications, hospital and facility appointments, research leadership, professional reputation, and disciplinary history.

Virginia Spine Institute’s doctors have exemplary medical expertise, and provide exceptional patient care. They are the leaders in the world of spinal healthcare for their treatments, techniques, and the use of cutting edge technology. All of this provides safe, effective results for their patients looking for solutions to their neck and back pain. From performing multi-level artificial disc replacements, to complex surgical cases, the doctors at Virginia Spine Institute are putting their patients’ health and goals at the forefront. No two patients are the same, so their treatment plans shouldn’t be either. Each patient has a customized treatment plan built specifically for them, with a team of medical professionals in their corner to help see them through each and every step of the journey.

Virginia Spine Institute’s 2022 Top Docs of the Washington Region

Dr. Christopher Good
Spine Surgeon and President of Virginia Spine Institute

He 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. 


Dr. Thomas Schuler 
Spine Surgeon and Founder/CEO of Virginia Spine Institute

He 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.


Dr. Niteesh Bharara 
Director of Regenerative Medicine

He is a world-renowned, double board certified orthopedic physician specializing in non-surgical sports medicine. He serves as the Director of Regenerative Medicine at Virginia Spine Institute and leads the Mid-Atlantic region in performing effective natural therapies such as stem cell therapy, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), prolotherapy, and adipose injections. Dr. Bharara’s distinguished expertise within this field earned him 2022 Face of Regenerative Medicine, and Top Doctor recognition in consecutive years.


Dr. Colin Haines
Spine Surgeon and Director of Research

He 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.

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