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1. Missouri Orthopaedic Institute

1100 Virginia Ave
Columbia, MO
Phone: 573-882-2663
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1 Hospital Dr
Columbia, MO
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Commercial Relationships and Collaborations

This faculty member or a member of his or her immediate family has a working relationship, such as providing consulting, research, or educational services, with the companies listed below. These relationships have been reported to the University of Missouri and, if appropriate, plans have been established to address potential conflicts. The following relationships were reported as of July 2017.

CTL Medical

Education & Training

Medical School

Eastern Virginia Medical School



  • Walter Reed Military Medical Center


Orthopaedic Surgery

  • Walter Reed Military Medical Center


Spine Fellowship

  • Twin Cities Spine Center


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


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Academic Information

J. Vernon Luck, Sr., Distinguished Professor and Vice Chairman of Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Director, Spine Surgery Division


1100 Virginia Ave.
Columbia, MO 65212
United States

P. 573-882-1440
F. 573-884-1235

Research Profile

Dr. Choma has participated in many clinical and basic science medical studies over his career. He was trained originally as a biomechanical engineer, with degrees from Lehigh University and Virginia Tech before receiving his MD from Eastern Virginia Medical School. He has published studies on the use of lasers to effect tissue welding, the mechanics of spinal fixation ( especially in the osteoporotic spine), the challenges of treating the aging spine, and the physiology of aging discs. He heads the Spine Division of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Missouri and directs the spine fellowship. He has given numerous invited lectures and teaches continuing education courses to spine surgeons internationally.

Research Interests

  • Aging spine
  • Intervertebral disc degeneration

Areas of Expertise

  • Adult spinal deformity
  • Degenerative spinal conditions
  • Spine Trauma

Awards & Honors

  • Alpha Omega Alpha, medical honor society inducted 1992
  • US Army, Europe Command, Flight Surgeon of the year, 1994
  • Named, “10 Spine Surgeon Leaders of Academic Medical Centers to Know,” by Becker’s Orthopaedic and Spine Review, Feb, 2011
  • Named, “20 Spine & Neurosurgeon Leaders at Large Academic Medical Centers,” by Becker’s Spine Review, Apr, 2012
  • Co- recipient, Louis A. Goldstein Award for best clinical poster presentation, Scoliosis Research Society, Lyon, France, 2013.
  • AOSpine Excellence in Education Award, North America Regional Faculty, Dec, 2014
  • Certificate of Recognition for an Entrepreneurial Spirit. University of Missouri, 2014.
  • Co-recipient, Vice Chancellor’s Award for UMHS Innovation and Improvement Sharing Days, 2014.


Selections from more than 50 peer-reviewed publications:

  • Goldstein CL, Pashuck TD, Ingalls KL, Billings LL, Agha MT, Drymalski MW, Choma TJ, Jeffries JT, James CR. Dispersal pattern of injectate after cervical epidural steroid injection evaluated with magnetic resonance imaging. Global Spine J. 2019. DOI: 10.1177/2192568218811141
  • Bateman AH, Larouche J, Goldstein CL, Sciubba DM, Choma TJ, Lawrence B, Cheng J, Fehlings MG, Paquette SJ, Yee AJM. The importance of determining trainee perspectives on procedural competencies during spine surgery clinical fellowship. Global Spine J. 2019;9(1):18-24.
  • Choma TJ. What’s new in spine surgery. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2018;100(12):1071-1074.
  • Choma TJ, Mroz TE, Goldstein CL, Arnold P, Shamji MF. Emerging techniques in thoracic and lumbar spine surgery. Neurosurgery. 2017;80(3S):S55-S60.
  • Smith MJ, Choma TJ. Patient satisfaction in musculoskeletal medicine. Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 2017;10(2):207-211.
  • Stannard JT, Edamura K, Stoker AM, O’Connell GD, Kuroki K, Hung CT, Choma TJ, Jeffries JT, Reinsel T, Cook JL. Development of a whole organ culture for Intervertebral Disc Disease. J Orthop Translat (2016) 5, 1-8.
  • Choma TJ, Rechtine GR, McGuire RA, Brodke DS. Treating the aging spine. Instr Course Lect. 2016; 65:269-79.
  • Smith MJ, Reiter MJ, Crist BD, Schultz L, Choma TJ. Improving patient satisfaction through computer-based questionnaires. Orthopedics. 2016;39(1):e31-5.
  • Fehlings MG, Tetrault L, Nater A, Choma T, Harrop J, Mroz T, Santaguida C, Smith JS. The Aging of the global population: The changing epidemiology of disease and spinal disorders. Neurosurgery 77Suppl4:S1-5, Oct 2015.
  • Pfeiffer, F, Choma T, Kueny R. Finite element analysis of pedicle screw in artificial bone samples with and without supplemental cement augmentation. Comput Methods Biomech Biomed Engin. 2015;18(13):1459-1467.

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