Dr. Thomas Vater, DO

Dr. Thomas Vater, DO

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Orthopedic Surgery  ·  
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53 y/o
(25)

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Dr. Thomas Vater, DO is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Las Vegas, NV and has been practicing for 19 years. He specializes in orthopedic surgery, orthopedic trauma surgery, and more.Read his story

Nevada Orthopedic and Spine Center

7455 W Washington Ave Ste 160

Las Vegas, NV 89128
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Insurance Accepted

  • AARP
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Assurant Health
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Culinary Health Fund
  • Federal Employee Program (FEP)
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Health Plan of Nevada

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Vater performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Spondylosis
high
more than 85% of peers
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
high
more than 85% of peers
Spine Disorders
high
more than 81% of peers

Dr. Vater's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Dr. Vater's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Vater "Dr. Vater joined Nevada Orthopedic and Spine Center in the year 2015. He has been in private practice in Las Vegas, Nevada since the year 2000 as an orthopedic spine surgeon. Dr. Vater is also Fellowship trained in orthopedic trauma surgery and has managed trauma patients at the UMC Level I Trauma Center. Since 2000, Dr. Vater has been involved in the training of orthopedic students, residents and fellows. Dr. Vater was raised in Mexico City, Mexico. He grew up with a bilingual education in Spanish and German and ultimately moved to the United States in his teenage years. His upper education was completed at the University of Illinois with a Bachelor in biology and a minor in chemistry. Subsequently he entered medical school at the University of Health Sciences in Kansas City, Missouri and then completed in a rotating internship at Tulsa Regional Medical Center in Oklahoma. His residency in orthopedics was completed at Deaconess Medical Center with a pediatric externship at Children's Hospital in Denver, Colorado and trauma orthopedic surgery at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Vater entered a trauma orthopedic fellowship at University Medical Center in Las Vegas and subsequently completed a second fellowship in spine surgery, also at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Vater's practice currently consists in the management of traumatic injuries, chronic or postsurgical deformity problems, neurologic deficits, as well as industrial injury claims and personal injury cases. His patient base is international, as well as national, including tourism and local talent, such as Cirque du Soleil acrobats. Dr. Vater currently hold licensure in eight states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Missouri, Nevada, and Utah."
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3  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Non-Surgical Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Trauma Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery*

67  Conditions Treated

  • Ankle and Foot Instability or Derangement
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Hammer Toe
  • Herniated Disc
  • Injuries
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Orthopedic Trauma
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteopenia
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Sternum Fracture
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Vertebral Column Tumors
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33  Procedures

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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Nevada.

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

  • University of Illinois At Chicago / College of Medicine
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1988
  • University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine Kansas City, Missouri
    Medical School | Graduated 1993
  • Tulsa Regional Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1994
  • Deaconess Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1998
  • University Of Nevada School Of Medicine
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1999

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Vater has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Vater's Reviews

2.5
Likelihood of recommending Dr. Vater to family and friends
25 total reviews (8 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (25)

  • 5
    (9)
  • 4
    (0)
  • 3
    (0)
  • 2
    (1)
  • 1
    (15)

Dr. Vater's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

    FAIR
  • Explains condition(s) well

    GOOD
  • Answers questions

    GOOD
  • Time well spent

    FAIR

Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

    GOOD
  • Office environment

    VERY GOOD
  • Staff friendliness

    GOOD
  • Average wait time

    31 to 45 minutes

Patient Comments (8)

Made appointment for lower back pain related to arthritis. He spent 5 minutes with me & referred me for back injections without trying physical therapy or any other type of treatment first. He barely even entered the exam room, he stood in the doorway & spoke to his assistant more than me. I was...more
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There are not enough characters to express how much I would never recommend this physician. By far the worst experience with a physician. He is arrogant, sarcastic, condescending, explains nothing, spends no time in exam room responding to questions (2 minutes is it), and you will be disappointed...more
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Uncompassionate man. You will wait hours to see him because scheduled appointments take a back seat. Don't make the mistake I did. Pain management is crucial for your well being all of which not being offered by this strange man. Please for the love of god don't waste your time here like I did.
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Dr. Vater saved my life and continues to treat my numerous injuries cause by a MVA. He is truly one of the most compassionate and thorough physicians in Las Vegas
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Waited one hour in waiting room. Was called back to exam room and proceeded to wait two and a half hours. Was referred to pain clinic that has not called or recieved referral twelve days after this appointment. I believe I was not taken seriously for the injury my Neurologist deemed necessary to...more
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