• Biography
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Scientific Papers

Dr. Tohmeh is an orthopedic surgeon. He is fellowship-trained in all aspects of spine surgery, including spine trauma, failed back surgery, and adult spinal deformity. He is part of a group of Spine Surgeons that make up The Spine Center at Northwest Orthopedic Specialists while also being one of the top surgeons for AIMIS spine. He is also the founder of the Spine Research Institute of Spokane located in Washington State.

Dr. Tohmeh received his undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry in 1979 from The American University Hospital in Beirut, Lebanon. In 1983 he obtained his Medical Degree and stayed in Beirut for a year where he started an internship in General Surgery at the American University Hospital. One year later he moved to Baltimore, Maryland where he spent two years working in General Surgery at Saint Agnes Hospital. In 1986, Dr Tohmeh found himself working as a research fellow in surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Two years later he started his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Maryland Medical System and in 1991 he became Chief Resident in Orthopedic Surgery at the University. Upon graduating the following year he rapidly became a full time orthopedic surgeon at the Veterans Affairs Medical Centre in Spokane, Washington. Dr Tohmeh spent two years working in Spokane and in 1997 he returned to the University of Maryland Medical System where he became a Fellow in Spinal Surgery and an Instructor in Orthopedics. The following year, Dr Tohmeh returned to Spokane, Washington where he spent the next ten years working at the Orthopedic Specialty Clinic. In 2009 he was invited to join the Northwest Orthopedic Specialists in Spokane Washington which is where he currently resides and practices medicine.

Dr. Tohmeh has been certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery since July 1994. He is a member of many other professional organizations including Washington State Orthopedic Association, Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Association and North American Spine Surgery (NASS). He is also one of the founding members of the Society of Lateral Access Surgery (SOLAS)

Appointments
Orthopaedic Spine surgeon in private practice
Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists (NWOS)
Spokane, Washington
11/14/2009—Present
Founder and Director
Spine Research Institute of Spokane
Spokane, Washington
05/06/2004—present
Clinical Advisor
Nuvasive,Inc
San Diego, California
February 2005—Present
Orthopaedic Spine surgeon in private practice
Orthopaedic Specialty Clinic of Spokane,PLLC
Spokane, Washington
09/09/1999—10/31/2009
Clinical Advisor
Medtronic
Memphis,Tennesse
February 2005—February 2006
Chief of Orthopaedic Section
Holy Family Hospital
Spokane, Washington
01/31/2005—01/31/2006
Chief of Surgery
Holy Family Hospital
Spokane,Washington
01/01/2003—1/31/2005
Orthopaedic Spine surgeon in private practice
Spokane Orthopaedic and Fracture Clinic
Spokane, Washington
09/09/1998—09/08/1999
Orthopaedic Surgeon in private practice
Orthopaedic and Hand Associates,
Baltimore, Maryland
12/04/1995—03/31/1997
Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon-Chief level
Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Spokane, Washington
08/17/1992—10/31/1995
Education
Fellowship
University of Maryland Hospital
Spine program, Clinical Instructor, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery
Baltimore, Maryland
07/14/1997—07/31/1998
Chief Residency
University of Maryland Hospital
Division of Orthopaedic Surgery
Baltimore, Maryland
07/01/1991—06/30/1992
Residency -PGY2-PGY4
University of Maryland Hospital
Division of Orthopaedic Surgery
Baltimore, Maryland
07/01/1988—06/30/1991
Fellowship-Research
The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
Department of Surgery
Baltimore, Maryland
07/01/1986—06/30/1988
Residency-PGY2
St Agnes Hospital, Department of Surgery
Baltimore, Maryland
07/01/1985—06/30/1986
Internship-PGY 1
St Agnes Hospital, Department of Surgery
Baltimore, Maryland
07/01/1984—06/30/1985
Residency- PGY 2
American University of Beirut Medical Center
Beirut,Lebanon
07/01/1983—06/30/1984
Internship-PGY1
American University of Beirut Medical Center(AUBMC)
Beirut, Lebanon
07/01/1982—06/30/1983
Doctor of Medicine
American University of Beirut School of Medicine
Beirut, Lebanon
09/01/1978—06/30/1983
Bachelor of Science
American University of Beirut School of Arts and Sciences
Beirut, Lebanon
10/01/1976—06/30/1978

Publications

“Tetralogy of Fallot with Pulmonary Atresia in Siblings” American Journal of Genetics, 21:110-122 (1985)
“Inhibition of Compartment Syndrome in Post-Ischemic Skeletal Muscle by Free Radical Ablation at Reperfusion”. B.A. Perler, MD, A.G. Tohmeh, MD, G.B. Bulkley, MD, Federation Proceedings Spril 1988
“Angiography in the Evaluation of Proximal Arterial Injury.” Antoine G. Tohmeh, MD and Bruce A Perler, MD, FACS. Surgery, Genecology and Obstetrics, February 1990, Volume 170, pp 117-220
“Inhibition of Compartment Syndrome by the Ablation of Free Radical-Mediated at Reperfusion Injury.” Bruce A Perler, MD, Antoine G. Tohmeh, MD and George B. Bulkley, MD, Surgery Volume 108 pp 40-47, July 1990
“Nuclear Medicine Techniques in Septic Arthritis and Osteomyelitis.” Sabah S. Tumeh and Antoine G. Tohmeh, MD. Rheum Cli of North AM. Vol 17, No 3, pp 559-583, August 1991
“Comparison of Spine Echo to Gradient Echo MRI Imaging of the Knee and Correlation with Arthroscopy.” A.G. Tohmeh, MD, J Young D/McFee M. Ellis and K. Spence. Orht Trans Vol 16, pp 320, N2 Summer 1992
“Biomechanical Efficiency of Unipedicular Vertebroplasty for the Management of Osteoporotic Compression Fractures.” Antoine G. Tohmeh, MD, John M. Mathis, MD, David C. Fenton, MD, Alan M. Levine, MD and Stephern M. Belkoff, PhD. SPINE, vol. 24, Nov. 17, September 1, 1999
“Traumatic Injuries of the Lower Lumbar Spine.” Antoine G. Tohmeh, MD, Charles Edwards, MD. Surgery of Spinal Trauma, Chapter 12, Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA © 2000.
“Oxiplex Gel Reduces Neurological Sequelae Following Lumbar Surgury” Authors P.M Arnold; Oxiplex Study Group; Kansas City/US, AANS Annual Meeting April 26-May 1 2008
“PROCRIT ®: Clinical Study Report PR97-19-002
An Open-Label, Randomized, Parallel Group Study to Confirm the Safety and Efficiency of PROCRIT ® (Epoetin alfa) Administered Perioperatively Versus the Standard of Care in Blood Conversation in Subjects Undergoing Major Elective Spinal Surgery. April 13, 2007
Electronic Poster: The Utility of NeuroVision in the eXtreme Lateral interbody Fusion Approach. E-Poster Presentation at the 16th IMAST in Vienna, Austria, July 15-18, 2009
Electronic Poster: Prospective Non-Randomised, Multi-Center Clinical Evaluation of Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF) in the Treatment of Adult Scoliosis. NASS in San Francisco, CA, November 11-14, 2009- Clinical Outcome Evaluation
Electronic Poster: Prospective Non-Randomised, Multi-Center Clinical Evaluation of Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF) in the Treatment of Adult Scoliosis. NASS in San Francisco, CA, November 11-14, 2009- Radiological Evaluation

Clinical Research

Founder of Spine Research Institute of Spokane, PLLC



Presentations

Presenter at IMAST – 16th International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques. Prospective, Non-randomized, Multi-Center Clinical Evaluation of Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF) in the Treatment of Adult Scoliosis. 16th IMAST in Vienna, Austria, July 15-18 2009
Presenter: “MaXcess ® XLIF, XLPTM, Lateral Plane System And SpheRx® DBR®, Surgeon Procter at NuVasive, Inc. Cadaver Labs; San Diego, CA June 22 2009
Presenter: Advanced XLIF® Marquis Visit Course, Surgeon Proctor at NuVasive, Inc. Hands on cadaver Labs;
XLIF & XLP Surgical Technique Presentation; SpheRx® DBR® II, San Diego, CA May 1 2009
Presenter at the SOLAS 2nd Annual Research Meeting, 1. Instrumentation Options Following XLIF: Options, Justifications & Outcomes, 2. Prospective Data Analysis of XLIF Performed at the L4-5 Level, Estancia La Jolla, CA April 16-18 2009
Presenter at the 2009 NuVasive National Sales Meeting, Thoracolumar Breakouts; TLIF Mastery Training, La Costa, CA January 22-24 2009
Presenter: MaXcess® XLIF and SpheRx ® DBR ® II, Surgeon Procter at NuVasive, Inc. Cadaver Labs; San Diego, CA August 22 2008
Presenter: “MaXcess ® XLIF, Neurovision® JJB hands-on demonstration / update, Surgeon Proctor at NuVasive, Inc. Cadaver Labs; San Diego, CA June 13 2008
Presenter at the SOLAS First Annal Research Meeting, 1. Prospective Adult Scoliosis Study, 2. XLIF for Various Indications, La Costa, CA April 17-19 2008
Presenter: “MaXcess ® XLIF, XLPTM, Lateral Plate System and SpheRx ® DBR ®, Surgeon Proctor at NuVasive, Inc. Cadaver Labs; San Diego, CA February 1 2008
Presenter: “MaXcess ® XLIF, TLIF, XLPTM, Lateral Plate System and SpheRx ® DBR ®, Surgeon Proctor at NuVasive, Inc. Cadaver Labs; San Diego, CA December 7 2007
Presenter: “MaXcess ® XLIF TM With SpheRx ™ DBR ™ Overview” Surgeon Proctor at NuVasive, Inc. Cadaver Labs;
San Diego, CA September 28 2007
Presenter: “MaXcess ® XLIFTM With SpheRx ™ DBR ™ Overview” Surgeon Proctor at VISTA cadaver Labs; Baltimore, MD April 23 2007
Presenter: “MaXcess ® XLIFTM With SpheRx ™ DBR ™ Overview” Surgeon Proctor at NUVASIVE, Inc. training facility
San Diego, CA February 23 2007
Presenter: “MaXcess ® XLIFTM Indications, Techniques and Case Reviews” NASS 21st Annual Meeting Seattle, WA. September 28 2006
Presenter: “MaXcess ® TLIF, MaXcess ® XLIFTM with SpheRx TM DBR TM Overview” Surgeon Proctor at NUVASIVE, Inc. Cadaver Lab. training facility San Diego, CA July 7 2006
Presenter: “MaXcess ® TLIF, MaXcess ® XLIFTM with SpheRx TM DBR TM Overview” Surgeon Proctor at NUVASIVE, Inc. Cadaver Lab. training facility San Diego, CA May 19 2006
Presenter: “Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery” At the New Frontiers in Orthopaedic Symposium, Sponsored by the Inland Northwest Chapter of NAON. Spokane, WA April 21 2006
Presenter at SEN meeting. NUVASIVE, Inc. Las Vegas, Nevada February 4 2006
Presenter: “MaXcess ® TLIF TM, MaXcess ® XLIF TM With SpheRx TM DBR TM Overview” Surgeon Proctor at NUVASIVE, Inc. Cadaver Lab. training facility San Diego, CA June 3 2005
Presenter: 2Minimally Invasive Spinal Fusion and Instrumentation” MetRX TLIF/PLIF with Sextant System
Surgeon Proctor at MSD Cadaver Lab. Satellite training facility. Seattle, WA April 8 2005
Physician Guest at KSPS broadcasting “Health Matters, My Aching Back.” Spokane, WA March 25 2005
SEN “Train the Trainer”, NUVASIVE Inc. San Diego, CA February 18 2005
Presenter: “Spinal Instrumentation and Fusion”, at the Inland Northwest Health Information Management Association at the Orthopaedic Speciality Clinic in Spokane, WA on March 4 2004
Presenter: “Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery”, at the Inland Northwest Chapter of NAON at Holy Family Adult Care Center in Spokane, WA on November 18 2003
TSRH 3-D at Hot City meeting in Seattle, WA. Coordinated with Medtronic SOFAMOR DANEK. September 23 2003
Host/Presenter: “Degenerative Disc Disease, minimally Invasive Spinal Fusion and Instrumentation, Cadaver Lab Demonstrator” at MSD Satellite training facility in Spokane, WA. August 25 2003
Host/Presenter: “Minimal Access Spinal Technologies” at the Medtronic SOFAMOR DANEK Satellite Training Facility, Irvine, CA January 20 2003
Orthopaedic Research Society Meeting “Biomechanical Efficiency of Unipedicular vs Bipedicular Vertebroplasty in the Treatment of Osteoporotic Vertebral Compression Fractures”, Anaheim, CA, February 3 1999
UMMS Resident Disputation Conference – “Biomechanical Efficiency Unipedicular vs Bipedicular Vertebroplasty in the Treatment of Osteoporotic Vertebral Compression Fractures”, Baltimore, MD June 12 1998
“Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty” Presented at St George’s Hospital Beirut, Lebanon, May 26 1997
“Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty”, Orthopaedic Grand Rounds, Presented at the American University Hospital, Beirut, Lebanon, May 15 1997
Moderator-Correction of Limb Deformities-Resident Disputation Conference-University of Maryland Div. Of Orthopaedic Surgery, Baltimore, MD June 9 1996
UMMS Resident Disputation Conference- “Comparison of Spine Echo to Gradient Echo MRI Imaging of the knee and correlation with Arthroscopy”. Baltimore, MD June 1992
Comparison of Spine Echo to Gradient Echo MRI Imaging of the knee and correlation with Arthroscopy”. The American Orthopaedic Association, An Arbor, MI March 13 1992
Femoral Head Osteonecrosis, University of Maryland Grand Rounds December 1991
Shoulder Arthroplasty, University of Maryland Grand Rounds January 1991
Hip Fractures in Children, University of Maryland Grand Rounds January 1990
Compartment Syndrome, University of Maryland Grand Rounds April 1989
Inhibition of the Compartmental Syndrome by Ablation of Free Radical Mediated Reperfusion Injury-Presented at the Microcirculatory Society National Meeting, Las Vagas, NV April 30 1988
Inhibition of the Compartmental Syndrome by Ablation of Free Radical Mediated Reperfusion Injury-presented at the Baltimore Academy of Surgery, May 21 1987
The Role of NeuroVision in the eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion Approach: A report on neural Complications in 102 Patients. Journal of Neurosurgery.

Honors & Awards
“Best Doctors” 2014
“Best Doctors” 2013
SpheRX ® DBR ® II Pioneer 2007
XLIF Pioneer Award, September 28, 2006
Surgical Research Resident Award by the Baltimore Academy of Surgery, May 2 1987
Dean’s Honor List, June 1981
Dean’s Honor List, June 1978
Dean’s Honor List, February 1978

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