Dr. Thomas Schuler, MD

Dr. Thomas Schuler, MD

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Orthopedic Spine Surgery  |  
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57 y/o
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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 thousands nationwide. Over the past two decades, 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 breakthrough in treatment to overcome back or neck pain. Most recently he has expanded his practice to include regenerative therapy and stem cell therapy which utilizes a patient's own tissues to naturally stimulate healing.

Virginia Spine Institute

11800 Sunrise Valley Dr Fl 8

Reston, VA 20191
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Self Pay
  • UnitedHealthCare
  • Worker's Compensation

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Top Care Areas

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Osteoarthritis of Spine
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more than 81% of peers
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
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more than 77% of peers
Intervertebral Disc Disease
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more than 64% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Schuler "Dr. Schuler founded Virginia Spine Institute in 1992 to advance the development of contemporary neurological and orthopaedic spinal surgery. For nearly 25 years, Virginia Spine Institute has dramatically improved the lives of over 50,000 people suffering from back and/or neck pain. 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. Over the past two decades, he has grown this award-winning spinal health care practice into the largest multidisciplinary spine center in the region. Since 1993, he has been the spine consultant to the Washington Redskins. In 2002, Dr. Schuler founded the Spinal Research Foundation, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission to improve spinal health care through research, education, and patient advocacy. "

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Specialties

  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Non-Surgical Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Surgery
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Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
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Conditions Treated

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Ataxia
  • Back Injuries
  • Back Pain
  • Back Sprain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Cervical Disc Degeneration
  • Cervical Herniated Disc
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cervical Spondylitis
  • Cervical Spondylolisthesis
  • Chronic Back Pain
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lower Back Injuries
  • Lower Back Muscle Strain
  • Lower Back Sprain
  • Lumbar Disc Degeneration
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Pinched Nerve in Back
  • Pinched Nerve in Neck
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Thoracic Disc Disorders
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Whiplash

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Procedures

  • Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Bone Grafting
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Complex Spinal Instrumentation Procedure
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Disc Replacement
  • Endoscopic Thoracic Spine Surgery
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laser Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neuroplasty
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection (PRP)
  • Posterior Lumbar Fusion With Robotic Assistance
  • Robotic Surgery, Thoracic
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Surgery
  • Stem Cell Therapy
  • Steroid Injection

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Virginia.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • Notre Dame
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1982
  • Indiana University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1986
  • William Beaumont Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1986
  • Orthopaedic Surgery, William Beaumont Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1990
  • Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1992

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Schuler has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

Dr. Schuler does not have any memberships or affiliations listed. If you are Dr. Schuler and would like to add memberships or affiliations, please update your profile.

Reston Hospital Center

is a Recipient of a Healthgrades Excellence Award
Spine Surgery Excellence Award

Hospital Quality Award

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Dr. Schuler's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Schuler to family and friends
3.3
based on 15 total reviews (3 with comments)
Dr. Schuler's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    VERY GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well
    VERY GOOD
  • Answers Questions
    VERY GOOD
  • Time well spent
    VERY GOOD
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    VERY GOOD
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (3)
Beaverton, OR |
Dr Schuler convinced me to have an unnecessary spinal surgery. He was not honest about recovery time and the amount of pain and reduced Mobility involved in recovery . He and his office were consistently rude and disingenuous in dealing with me. James Downey in Billing lied through his teeth about the cost of the surgery. Do yourself a favor and find honest medical professionals.
Washington, DC |
I have been a patient of Dr. Schedule going on 12 years now. I wouldn't trust anyone else to operate on my spine other then him and his team at VSI.
in Winchester |
Dr. Schuler is an excellent doctor who did my repair work. It has been 20 years since he did my surgery and I'm still doing good. I highly recommend him
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Dr. Schuler accepts 8 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Self Pay
  • UnitedHealthCare
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  • Worker's Compensation
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Hospitals where Dr. Schuler has admitting privileges

Reston Hospital Center
1850 Town Center Pkwy
Reston, VA 20190
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