The spine physicians at the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute treat people with spine deformities as well as painful back and neck conditions. We take great pride in giving world-class care to our patients, teaching the next generation of doctors, and advancing spine surgical research. Our mission is to ensure those with spinal disorders receive the most advanced care possible. We are focused on providing our patients with most appropriate treatment as well as the most up-to-date information to help you understand the course of treatment. Our spine team also investigates and conducts novel research that adds to the existing body of knowlege about spinal disorders.
We recognize that our patients are the most important members of our team, and we are committed to maintaining a dignified and compassionate atmosphere in which to care for them and build a partnership with them. To make an appointment with one of our spine physicians, please call (573) 884-BACK.
Our spine team:
Theodore J. Choma, MD
After obtaining bachelor's degrees in biology and mechanical engineering, and a master's degree in theoretical mechanics, Dr. Choma worked as a design analyst in the FDA Orthopedics group. After obtaining his medical degree in 1992 from Eastern Virginia Medical School, he performed his internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. His postgraduate training was interrupted for two years while he served as Brigade Flight Surgeon for the 1st Armored Division in Germany. He returned to Walter Reed and completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery in 2000. He completed a spine surgery fellowship at the Twin Cities Spine Center in 2001.
He became chief of the Spine Surgery Service at Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Augusta, Ga., in 2001 and was named assistant professor of surgery for the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in 2002. He became the orthopaedic residency director at Eisenhower AMC in 2003. He also held privileges as a military staff member at the Medical College of Georgia.
He has published articles on the medical effects of surgical lasers and on the biomechanics of spinal implants. His current research interests include the biomechanics of spinal fixation and the patient based clinical outcomes of spinal fusions, as well as the physiology of the aging spine.
Joel T. Jeffries, MD
Joel Jeffries, MD specializes in the diagnosis and non-operative treatment of patients with cervical, thoracic and spine conditions. Dr. Jeffries earned his medical degree from the Texas A & M College of Medicine in College Station, Texas. He completed his residency at the University of Missouri Health Care and a spine fellowship at the Texas Back Institute in Plano, Texas. He serves the Department of Orthopaedics as both Assistant Professor - Clinical and Residency Program Director and is highly involved in Orthopaedic Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Jeffries is involved nationally with programs to improve the educational experience of orthopaedic surgery residents.
Craig A. Kuhns, MD
Dr. Kuhns earned his medical degree from the University of California-Los Angeles, where he also completed his residency training. He completed his spine fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. He served as a clinical instructor at Washington University before joining the Missouri Spine Center. His clinical and research interests include cervical disorders, minimally invasive spine surgery, and complex spinal deformity reconstruction.
Tom Reinsel, MD
Dr. Reinsel earned his medical degree from the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, and completed his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He completed spine fellowships at both Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago, and at the University of Vermont in Burlington.
Daniel Hoernschemeyer, MD
Dr.Hoernschemeyer treats pediatric spine patients. He earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and completed his residency at the San Francisco Orthopaedic Residency Program, St. Mary's Medical Center. He completed a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedics and spinal deformity at Johns Hopkins University.