Antoine G. Tohmeh, M.D.

Dr. Tohmeh is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in back, neck, and spine surgery. He has special interest and expertise in minimally invasive spine surgery, motion preservation technology, and surgery for adult spinal deformity. Dr. Tohmeh began practicing at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists in 2009.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree at the American University of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon, Dr. Tohmeh went on to receive his medical degree at the same institution. Following medical school, he completed his general surgery internship at Saint Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Tohmeh then enrolled at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, where he underwent a residency program in orthopaedics. Upon completing his residency, he completed a surgery fellowship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and a spinal surgery fellowship at the University of Maryland in Baltimore.

Dr. Tohmeh is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

When he's not seeing patients for back, neck, spine, or trauma-related conditions, Dr. Tohmeh enjoys fishing, hunting, and skiing.

Qualifications

Undergraduate

American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, 1979

Medical School

American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, 1983

Internship

General Surgery, Saint Agnes Hospital, Baltimore, MD, 1984 - 1985

Residency

Orthopaedics, University of Maryland Hospital, Baltimore, MD, 1988 - 1992

Fellowship

Surgery, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, 1986 - 1988
Spine, University of Maryland Hospital, Baltimore, MD, 1997 - 1998

Certification

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1994, 2004, 2012

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Spokane County Medical Society
  • Washington State Medical Association
  • Washington State Orthopaedic Association
  • The Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Association
  • Founding Member, Society of Lateral Access Surgery (SOLAS)
  • North American Spine Society (NASS)

Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations

  • MultiCare Deaconess Hospital
  • Northwest Specialty Hospital
  • Pleasant View Outpatient Surgery Center
  • Providence Holy Family Hospital
  • Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center
  • The Orthopaedic Surgery Center

Medical Interests

  • Spine Surgery, Cervical & Lumbar
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Spine Trauma
  • Adult Spinal Deformity
  • Failed Back Surgery
  • General Orthopaedics

Completed Trials

  • Extreme Lateral Total Disc Replacement - XL TDR, ClinicalTrials.gov (disc replacement)
  • Procrit®, HEALOS, Oxiplex studies
  • ProFibrix /Fibrocaps Trial

Ongoing Trials

Available Upon Request

Appointments

  • Board of Directors, Society of Lateral Access Surgery (SOLAS), 2012 - Present
  • Clinical Advisor, NUVASIVE, Inc., 2005 - Present
  • Clinical Advisor, Medtronic SOFAMOR DANEK, 2005 - 2006
  • Chief of Orthopaedic Section, Holy Family Hospital, 2005 - 2006
  • Chief of Surgery, Holy Family Hospital, 2003 - 2005

Publications/Presentations

Publications:

  • Antoine Tohmeh, MD, Derek Khorsand, BS, Xavier Zielinski, MD. "Radiographic Effects of Cage Width and Fixation on Subsidence following XLIF." The Spine Journal, Volume 13, Number 9S, p. 120. September 2013.
  • Phillips, Frank M.; Isaacs, Robert E.; Rodgers, William Blake; Khajavi, Kaveh; Tohmeh, Antoine G.; Deviren, Vedat; Peterson, Mark D.; Hyde, Jonathan; Kurd, Mark. "Adult Degenerative Scoliosis Treated with XLIF: Clinical and Radiographical Results of a Prospective Multicenter Study with 24-Month Follow-up." The Spine Journal, Volume 38, Issue 21. October, 2013.
  • Tohmeh AG, Ryu SI. "Fixation Options in Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF)." In: Goodrich JA, Volcan IJ, eds. eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF), 2nd Edition. St. Louis, MO: Quality Medical Publishing, Inc., 2013.
  • Tohmeh AG, Huntsman KT. "Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF) with Lateral Plating." In: Goodrich JA, Volcan IJ, eds. eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF), 2nd Edition. St. Louis, MO: Quality Medical Publishing, Inc., 2013.
  • Isaacs RE, Phillips FM, Tohmeh AG, Rodgers WB. "Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF) for Degenerative Scoliosis." In: Goodrich JA, Volcan IJ, eds. eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF), 2nd Edition. St. Louis, MO: Quality Medical Publishing, Inc., 2013.
  • "Allograft cellular bone matrix in extreme lateral interbody fusion: preliminary radiographic and clinical outcomes." Tohmeh AG, Watson B, Tohmeh M, Zielinski XJ. Scientific World J 2012:Article ID 263637: 8 pages.
  • "Dynamically evoked, discrete-threshold electromyography in the extreme lateral interbody fusion approach." Tohmeh AG, Rodgers, WB, Peterson, MD. J Neurosurg Spine 2011;14:31-37.
  • "Traumatic Injuries of the Lower Lumbar Spine." Antoine G. Tohmeh, M.D., Charles Edwards, M.D. Surgery of Spinal Trauma, Chapter 12, Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA © 2000.
  • "Biomechanical Efficacy 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 Stephen M. Belkoff, PhD. SPINE, Vol. 24, Nov. 17, September 1, 1999.
  • "Comparison of Spin 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. Orth Trans Volume 16, pp 320, N2 Summer 1992.
  • "Nuclear Medicine Techniques in Septic Arthritis and Osteomyelitis." Sabah S. Tumeh, MD and Antoine G. Tohmeh, MD. Rheum Cli of North Am. Vol 17, No 3, pp 559-583, August 1991.
  • "Angiography in the Evaluation of Proximal Arterial Injury." Antoine G. Tohmeh, MD and Bruce A. Perler, MD, FACS. Surgery, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Volume 170, pp 117-220, February 1990.
  • "Inhibition of Compartment Syndrome in Post-Ischemic Skeletal Muscle by Free Radical Ablation at Reperfusion." Bruce A. Perler, MD, Antoine G. Tohmeh, MD and Gregory B. Bulkley, MD. Surgery Volume 108 pp 40-47, July 1990.
  • "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. April 1988.
  • "Tetralogy of Fallot with Pulmonary Atresia in Siblings", Dr. Vazken M. Der Kaloustian, Habib Ratl, Joe Malouf, Joe Hatem, Michel Slim, Antoine Tohmeh, Joseph Khouri, Farid Kutayli, John M. Opitz and James F. Reynolds. American Journal of Genetics, 21:110-122 (1985)

Presentations:

Clinical Research

Founder of Spine Research Institute of Spokane, PLLC

Honors and Awards

  • SpheRx® DBR® II Pioneer - 2007
  • XLIF Pioneer Award - September 2006
  • Surgical Research Resident Award by the Baltimore Academy of Surgery - May 1987
  • Dean's Honor List - February 1978, June 1978, June 1981