Dominick A. Tuason, M.D.
Dr. Tuason is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon with a subspecialty interest and expertise in early onset and complex spinal deformity. He locally pioneered the use of halo gravity traction for severe kyphoscoliotic deformities as well as magnetically controlled growing rods for the treatment of early onset scoliosis at The Bristol Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson University. He also performs corrective casting for infantile scoliosis and Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib (VEPTR) procedures for children with severe spinal deformity leading to thoracic insufficiency. Committed to ensuring the utmost safety and value of scoliosis care at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson, he leads a bi-weekly multidisciplinary scoliosis conference that utilizes a team approach to ensure that children undergoing scoliosis surgery at the hospital have reproducible outcomes of the highest quality. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently recognized this team’s work in reducing narcotic consumption following scoliosis surgery and invited Dr. Tuason to present the research done on the hospital's recently instituted rapid recovery protocol after scoliosis surgery during the annual Academy meeting held in Orlando, Florida.
As a part of improving safety and outcomes in scoliosis surgery, Dr. Tuason has embraced the utilization of 3-dimensional navigation and was invited faculty at this year’s American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting, discussing Emerging Technologies in Spine Surgery. He also presented research on the use of 3D imaging to improve safety in scoliosis surgery at the 2018 Spine Masters Surgical Techniques meeting in St. Louis, Missouri.
A native of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Dr. Tuason earned a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University and completed medical school at The University of Pennysylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. He was an orthopedic resident at The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, then completed a fellowship in Pediatric Orthopedic and Scoliosis surgery at The Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, Texas. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons and a candidate member of the Scoliosis Research Society, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America. He and his wife, Angela, enjoy raising their two young children and being a part of the vibrant New Jersey community.
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