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Thomas C. Schuler, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Virginia Spine Institute
Reston, VA

About Thomas C. Schuler, MD

Dr. Schuler is an orthopaedic spinal surgeon from the Virginia Spine Institute in Reston, VA.

Dr. Schuler began his medical training by receiving his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, IN. He then completed his internship in general surgery and his residency in general orthopaedic surgery (as well as serving as Chief Orthopaedic Surgery Resident) at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI. Following that, Dr. Schuler completed his medical training with a Spinal Surgery Fellowship at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic at Centinella Hospital in Inglewood, CA.

Dr. Schuler has had numerous professional accomplishments and appointments including his present positions as the founder and president of the Virginia Spine Institute in Reston, VA. He also serves as the Institute's Physiatry Fellowship Director and the Physician's Assistant Residency and Fellowship Program Director. Dr. Schuler is also on the Board of Directors (and Chairman) of the Anthony G. Gristina Institute for Biomedical Research.

In addition, Dr. Schuler serves as the spine consultant to the National Football League's Washington Redskins. Other past professional appointments include Medical Advisor to GAMMA-A Technologies, Inc.; Preceptorship in Spinal Care, Harvard Medical School; Director of Spinal Rehabilitation, HCA Reston Hospital Center, Reston, VA; and Director of Indiana's Statewide Hospital Medical Education Program. In addition to his impressive medical training and accomplishments, Dr. Schuler is a member of several national organizations including The American Board of Spinal Surgery, The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery; The American College of Spine Surgery; The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; The North American Spine Society; The Spinal Interbody Research Group (founding member); The American Medical Association; The Virginia Medical Association; and The Fairfax Medical Society.

Dr. Schuler has published numerous articles in such prestigious professional journals such as Orthopaedics, Spine, the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, and the Journal of Medical Entomology. He has also presented research and given over 60 lectures at national and international medical meetings.

Dr. Schuler lives in Virginia.



  1. A.M. Reitsma, T.C. Schuler, M.W. Hasz, K.A. Poelstra.  Surgical treatment of symptomatic Bertolottis Syndrome on post-fusion patients.  Orthopedics (in press).
  2. K.A. Poelstra, N.A. Barekzi, D.W. Grainger, A.G. Gristina, T.C. Schuler. A novel spinal implant infection model in rabbits. Spine 4:406-410, 2000.
  3. A.G. Gristina, T.C. Schuler, G. Giridhar.  Biomaterials: Infection and immune responses in prosthetic joint replacement.  In: Hughes SPF (ed).  Modular Text Book Series, Vol 1: Basic Science for Orthopaedics Trainees, WB Saunders, Inc., London, 1998: 117-127.
  4. A.G. Gristina, T.C. Schuler, G. Giridhar, Y. Shibata, M. MacPhee. Bone and biomaterials: Infection, inflammation and immune responses.  Proceedings of the Portland Bone Symposium, Oregon Health Sciences University, Oregon, 1995:259-288.
  5. T.C. Schuler, J. Almquist.  Cervical spine injured athlete transfer protocol; Video, ATC; 1993.
  6. T.C. Schuler, L.T. Kurz, R. Hensinger, H.N. Herkowitz.  The natural history of Os Odontoideum.  Journal of Ped Ortho; Vol. II ( 2): 222-225; 1991.
  7. T.C. Schuler, R.G. Watkins, G.S.  Uppal, S. Kingston, Discography: A review of the current literature.  Kerlan-Jobe Fellowship Paper, 1992.
  8. T.C. Schuler and J.C. Beier. Oviposition dynamics of two released species of toxorhynchites (diptera: culicidae) and potential prey species.  Journal of Medical Entomology 20:371-376; 1983.                     

Research Presentations:                     

T.C. Schuler, M.W. Hasz, P.D. Faulkenstein, A.M. Reitsma. Surgical treatment of symptomatic Bertolotti's Syndrome in post-fusion patients. American Association of Neurological Surgeons 2001 Annual Meeting. Poster Presentation, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 23-24, 2001.

R.T. Jackson, T.C. Schuler, M.W. Hasz, M. Friedlis, A.M. Reitsma. Diagnosis and treatment of SI-joint dysfunction: a team approach. The 3rd Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low back and Pelvic Pain Vienna, Austria, November 12-15, 1998.

K.A. Poelstra, N.A. Barekzi, J.B. Slunt, D.W. Grainger, T.C. Schuler. Local application of pooled human IgG to prevent postoperative biomaterial centered MRSA infection in a rabbit spinal implant infection model. American Society for Microbiology (ASM), section Virginia, Lexington, VA, December 4-5, 1998.

G.S. Uppal, R.G. Watkins, T.C. Schuler.  Spondylolisthesis in the athlete.  Presented the AAOS Annual Meeting; San Francisco, California; 1993.

G.S. Uppal, R.G. Watkins, T.C. Schuler, J. Perry. Dynamic EMG of trunk muscle in golfers.  Presented the at Spine Science and Management; New Orleans; 1993.

T.C. Schuler, C. Roodbeen, J.P. Wiater. Cast Wedging:  A cadaveric study comparing wedge position at the axis of intersection vs. the fracture site.  Presented to the Detroit Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery; 1991.

T.C. Schuler, L.T. Kurz, D.E. Thompson, H.N. Herkowitz.  Drummond instrumentation: A follow-up study.  Presented at the Michigan Orthopaedic Society, 1989, and at the Detroit Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1990.


  1. Fourth Annual International Course, Global Spine: Surgical Principles and the Latest Techniques.  Degenerative spondylolisthesis with TLIF.  Spinal Science Advancement Foundation, Maui, Hawaii, June 15-17, 2001.
  1. Your Practice Your Business, Physician Assistants in Spinal Surgery. Chicago, IL, June 23, 2001.
  1. Seventh Annual International Course, Total Spine: Advanced Concepts and Constructs. PLIF, ALIF, TLIF When and Why. Spinal Science Advancement Foundation, Cancun, Mexico, March 15-18, 2001.
  1. Interbody Challenges of the Lumbar Spine, Indications and Pitfalls of interbody fusion surgery. Los Cabos, Mexico; November 9-11, 2000. 
  1. Your Practice, Your Business, Leadership of a Comprehensive Spine Practice, Outcome studies in spinal surgery. Las Vegas, Nevada; September 2000.
  1. Thoracolumbar Spine Conference, Advances in Lumbar Interbody Fusion Technology: TLIF.Driggs, Idaho; August 2000
  1. Moderator, Spanish American Meeting on Lumbar Spine, Spinal Fusion Surgeries, Transforaminal interbody fusions. Hughston Clinic, Columbus, Georgia; June 2000.
  1. Clinical Instructor, Intradiscal Electrothermal Therapy Course, Intradiscal electrothermal therapy. University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland; June 2000.
  1. Your Practice, Your Business, Leadership of a Comprehensive Spine Practice, Outcome studies in spinal surgery.  Atlanta, Georgia; June 2000.
  1. Virginia State Meeting of Rehabilitation Nurses, Understanding treatment protocols for spinal disorders. Richmond, Virginia; May 2000.
  1. Grand Rounds Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Advances in spinal care. Fairfax, Virginia; May 10, 2000.

12.  Interbody Study Group, Anterior lumbar interbody fusion Allograft vs. metal. West Palm Beach, Florida; March 2000.

  1. Department of Labor Workers Compensation Symposium, Surgical decision making. Washington, DC; February 2000.
  1. Total Spine Course, Anterior solutions for the challenges of interbody surgery and Anterior structural support for spondylolisthesis.  Cancun, Mexico; February 2000.
  1. A Contemporary Update on Disorders of the Spine, The management of axial neck pain, nonoperative and operative. Whistler, British Columbia; January 2000.
  1. Advances in Interbody Fusion Techniques, Transforaminal interbody fusion indications and techniques.  Knoxville, Tennessee; November 1999.
  1. Notre Dame Orthopaedic Society, Applications for bone morphogenetic protein in spinal surgery.  Notre Dame, Indiana; October 1999.
  1. Open and Minimally Invasive Surgery of the Lumbar Spine Conference, Anterior and posterior interbody fusion techniques. Memphis, Tennessee; September 1999.
  1. Interbody Fusion Think Tank Conference, Hybrid concepts in interbody fusion. Suuriver, Oregon; September 1999.
  1. Columbia HCA Reston Hospital OR Nurses, Decision making in spinal surgery.  Reston, Virginia; July 1999.
  2. Global Spine Conferences: Surgical Principles and the Latest Techniques, Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion for the treatment of spondylolisthesis. Maui, Hawaii; June 1999.
  1. Columbia HCA Reston Hospital Physical Therapy Conference "Bone morphogenetic protein: Applications in spinal surgery." Reston, Virginia; February 1999.
  1. Columbia HCA Reston Hospital Orthopaedic Department "Bone morphogenetic protein in spinal surgery."  Reston, Virginia; February 1999.
  1. Blue River Trauma Society, "Bone morphogenetic protein: A major advance in spinal surgery".  Blue River, British Columbia, Canada; January 1999.
  1. Sofamor Danek Training Seminar, "Indications and techniques for spinal fusion."  Memphis, Tennessee; November 1998.
  1. Grand Rounds Shenandoah Hospital, "Advances in non-operative and operative spinal care." Shenandoah, Virginia; June 1998.
  1. Sofamor Danek Training Seminar, "Indications and techniques for interbody fusion."  Memphis, Tennessee; June 1998.
  1. Sofamor Danek, "Infection prophylaxis in modern spinal surgery." Amelia Island, Florida; May 1998.
  1. Virginia Association of Orthopaedic Technologists, "Modern spinal care." Herndon, Virginia; March 1998.
  1. Interbody Fusion Study Group, "Indications for interbody fusion."  Memphis, Tennessee; March 1998.
  1. Blue River Trauma Society, "Transforaminal interbody fusion, A new technique in spinal surgery."  Blue River, British Columbia, Canada; January 1998.
  1. Prince William Hospital Grand Rounds, "Advances in spinal surgery." Manassas, Virginia; March 1997.
  1. Columbia Hospital Center Radiology Department Lecture, "Neuro Radiology." Reston, Virginia; November 1996.
  1. Prince William Hospital Physical Therapy Department Grand Rounds, "Advances in Spine Therapy." Manassas, Virginia; November 1996.
  1. Notre Dame Orthopaedic Society, Annual Conference "Management of the athlete's spinal injury." Notre Dame, Indiana; September 1996.
  1. Dallas Spine Symposium, "The far lateral disc herniation." Keystone, Colorado; January 1996.
  1. William Beaumont Hospital Annual Orthopaedic Conference, "Innovations in surgical infection control" and "Outpatient microdiscectomy."  Royal Oak, Michigan; June 1995.
  1. National Athletic Trainers National Conference, "The management of spinal disorders in the athlete."  Indianapolis, Indiana; June 1995.
  1. National Rehab Nurses Conference, Nonoperative and Operative Spinal Care Symposium; Palatka, Florida; January 1995.
  1. Reston Hospital Center Orthopaedic Nurses CEC Spinal Instrumentation Seminar; Reston, Virginia; December 1994.
  1. Television Special on Modern Advances in Spinal Surgery; Fall 1994.
  1. Surgical Ground Rounds, Prince William Hospital, "Spine Surgery: State of the Art." Manassas, Virginia; October 1994.
  1. Fairfax & INOVA Operating Room Nurses Symposium, "Modern spinal instrumentation." Fairfax, Virginia; October 1994.
  1. Orthopaedics for Lawyers Symposium, The nonoperative and operative treatment of spinal disorders. Crystal City, Virginia; May 1994.
  1. Northern Virginia Trainers' Association and Symposium, "Cervical spine injury in the athlete." April 1994.
  1. Orthopaedic Grand Rounds Lecture at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, "The Treatment of Disc Herniations in the Elite Athlete," March 1994.
  1. Northern Virginia Spinal Institute Symposium on Lumbar Stabilization; August 1993; November 1993; January 1994.
  1. Reston Hospital Center Medical Grand Rounds; "The management of spinal disorders,"  September 1993.
  1. Northern Virginia Emergency Room Nurses Association, "The management of cervical spine injuries in the athlete," September 1993.
  1. Northern Virginia Trainers' Association Symposium, "Cervical spine injury in the athlete," August 1993.
  1. Combined Armed Services Grand Rounds Lecture at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, "Nonoperative management of low back pain,"  July 1993.
  1. Fairfax Hospital Medical Grand Rounds, "The nonoperative and operative management of spinal disorders," June 1993.
  1. Virginia Physical Therapy Association, "The dynamic spinal stabilization Program,"  May 1993.
  1. Instructional Course Lecturer, Annual National Meeting of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine. Topics covered included:  spinal injuries in athletes, return play decisions, and rehabilitation of the athlete; San Diego, California; July 1992.
  1. Clinical Instructor, International Orthopaedic Meeting for "Pedicle Fixation of the Lumbar Spine," Nassau, Bahamas; October 1991.



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