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Tony Schnuerer, PA
Consultant - Medical Devices
Tall Forest Consulting, LLC
Memphis, TN

About Tony Schnuerer, PA

Tony completed the Primary Care Physician Assistant program at the Cleveland Clinic Educational Foundation in 1974 after serving three years as a corpsman in the United States Navy. In 1974, Tony completed the National Certifying Examination for Assistants to the Primary Care Physician and became a certified Primary Care Physician's Assistant in 1975. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Cleveland State University.

Active in the establishment of the PA profession in Ohio, Tony served on the Board of Directors of the Ohio Association of Physician Assistants for four years. He was president of the organization in 1978 when the PA medical practice act was passed by the Ohio State Legislature. He practiced as a PA for more than 13 years in Northeast Ohio, with significant experience in orthopedics and spine surgery.

In 1987, Tony left the clinical side of medicine to join the medical device industry. He began his industry career as a sales representative for US Surgical Corporation in general surgery. Later, Tony migrated back to the orthopedics field when he joined Zimmer Corporation as a Field Marketing Specialist. From 1993 to 1995, he was instrumental in the start-up and initial operations of DePuy Motech, a specialized spine company.

In 1995, he joined Sofamor Danek as Director of Marketing for Deformity Products. Tony held a number of executive level positions at Sofamor Danek, and later Medtronic Sofamor Danek. His last position was as Vice President, Global Training and Development. While at Sofamor Danek, Tony was the primary author of the text, Basic Anatomy and Pathology of the Spine. He received several awards while at Medtronic Sofamor Danek, including the Eagle Award for field sales support in 2002 and the International Division's "Simply the Best" award in 2003. Tony retired from Medtronic Sofamor Danek in 2007 after 12 years of service.

Tony now owns his own consulting company specializing in medical devices. He is an Associate Fellow in the Scoliosis Research Society.

Articles Written by Tony Schnuerer, PA

Cervical (Neck) Implants used in Spine Surgery

Cervical implants are devices surgeons use to decompress (remove pressure from nerves) and to stabilize the neck. These procedures are performed to reduce neck pain.

Lumbar (Low Back) Implants Stabilize the Spine

New lumbar (low back) spinal implants, such as artificial discs, are designed to help preserve motion.

Lumbar Spine Surgery: Will You Need Surgery for Your Lower Back Pain?

You have lower back pain: Will you need surgery? Detailed article to help you understand spinal anatomy, lower back pain treatment options, including surgical procedures.

Posterior Cervical Implants used in Spine Survery

Cervical implants, such as plates, rods and screws, are different types of spinal instrumentation spine surgeons may use during surgery to stabilize the neck and reduce pain.

Cervical Spine Surgery: Will You Need Surgery for Your Neck Pain?

You may require cervical spine surgery to address your neck pain. Expert-written article explaining all surgical techniques in clear language.

Lumbar (Low Back) Surgical Implants

Implants are devices (such as cages, rods, screws) that, when combined with bone graft, stabilize the low back.

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