Dr. H. Robert Tuten is a member of the Pediatric Team at Tuckahoe Orthopaedics. His undergraduate work was done at the University of Virginia where he did neurophysiology research and published papers in this field. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia, where he also served his internship and residency. Dr. Tuten was awarded a Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery fellowship at the world-renowned A.I. DuPont Institute Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE. (A fellowship is an extra year of specialized training that a physician chooses to pursue after completing medical school and residency training.)
Dr. Tuten and his medical staff treat children with injuries, diseases, and conditions of the musculoskeletal system. He devotes his practice entirely to children ranging in age from newborns to 21 years. When surgery is required, he offers expertise in the most up-to-date surgical procedures. Dr. Tuten is recognized as one of the top scoliosis surgeons in the country…performing more than 65 scoliosis surgeries each year. He is also the most experienced surgeon in Virginia at treating knee injuries in children with open growth plates. Dr. Tuten performs many other specialized surgeries, including VEPTR (vertical expandable prosthetic titanium rib devices), Shilla, and Magec rod procedures on patients with thoracic insufficiency and early onset scoliosis. Nevertheless, Dr. Tuten is judicious when it comes to surgical procedures and many of his patients benefit from conservative treatments and less invasive surgeries.
“As an avid surfer, former lacrosse player and father of two, I see orthopedics as the key to allowing children of all abilities to get more out of life, physically and emotionally. I think it’s especially important to include both the child and parents in the decisions being made, so that everyone has a voice and understands and supports our goal.”
Dr. Tuten’s ongoing, in-depth orthopedic research has resulted in numerous landmark improvements in scoliosis surgery. He holds two patents jointly with medical equipment innovators, and has two other patents designed to enhance the surgical care of patients. Working closely with medical device engineers, he has helped to design multiple implants that are being used in surgical patient care.
Dr. Tuten holds the honor of being named one of Richmond Magazine’s “Top Doctors” every year over the past eight years.
Dr. Tuten is an Active Fellow with the Scoliosis Research Society and currently serves on the Ethics Committee for the society. He recently traveled to Prague to participate in the “Current Concepts in Spine Deformity” course.
Dr. Tuten has been actively involved with World Pediatric Project for many years by volunteering his time to lead international surgical missions to the Eastern Caribbean. World Pediatric Project treats children suffering from birth defects, illness, and injury. Many of these conditions may be easily treated in the U.S, but can be life-threatening in developing countries due to the lack of medical care.
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