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Thomas Tolli, MD, PA

Spine Consultant for Major League Baseball (MLB) Teams including:
Tampa Bay Rays New York Yankees
Philadelphia Phillies Baltimore Orioles
Toronto Blue Jays Boston Red Sox
Detroit Tigers Los Angeles Dodgers
Chicago Cubs Minnesota Twins
New York Mets
Spine Consultant Major League Baseball (MLB) Umpires
Spine Consultant World Wrestling Federation (WWF)
Professional Boxing Physician

Volunteer Activities
Seminole High School football games and physicals
Tampa Bay Rays baseball games and physicals
Professional boxing matches and physicals
Pinellas Park High School football games

Fellowship: Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic-Spine Service, Inglewood, California
Director:  Robert G. Watkins, M.D.
Spine consultants to the Los Angeles Dodgers, California Angels,
Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Mighty Ducks,
Professional Golf Association, National Football League, National Hockey League, NCAA

Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery
St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital Center
Columbia University Affiliate, New York, New York
Director:  Andrew H. Patterson, M.D.
Associate Director:  George L. Unis, M.D.
Director Emeritus:  J. William Fielding, M.D.

Internship: General Surgery
St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, New York
Director:  Walter Wichern, M.D.

Post Graduate: Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
School of Medicine
Medical Degree

Undergraduate: Fordham University, Bronx, New York
Bachelor of Science Degree
Cum Laude

Experience - Individual Residency Rotations
St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital Center-St. Luke’s Site
New York, New York
Director:  George L. Unis, M.D.

St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital Center-Roosevelt Site
New York, New York
Director:  Andrew H. Patterson, M.D.

St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital Center-Hand Service
New York, New York
Director:  Richard G. Eaton, M.D.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, New York
Director:  Joseph M. Lane, M.D.

Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic-Spine Service
Inglewood, California
Director:  Robert G. Watkins, M.D.

Alfred L. DuPont Institute-Pediatric Orthopaedics
Wilmington, Delaware
Director:  J. Richard Bowen, M.D.

California, 1992; Georgia, 1994; Florida, 1995
Florida State Athletic Commission, 1998

Board Certification
National Board of Medical Examiners, Diplomate-1989
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Part I, Passed 1992 (first attempt)
Part II, Passed 1995 (first attempt)
Re-certification 2007 (first attempt)

ABIME – American Board of Independent Medical Examiners
Certified – 2009 (first attempt)

"Spine Pain: Solutions to Get You Back to an Active Lifestyle"
HCA - Tampa Bay Women's Expo
"Physical Examination of the Cervical and Lumbar Spine"
"Differential Diagnosis of Neck and Back Injuries"
Oklahoma University
Spine and Sports

"Neck and Low Back Injuries in Baseball Players"
Baseball Team Medicine Conference

"Evaluation of the Cervical Spine"
American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine
Sports Medicine & Baseball:  A Comprehensive Approach

“Evaluation of Spine Injuries in Professional Baseball
“Treatment of Spine Injuries in Professional Baseball”
“Physical Examination of the Spine”
“Video demonstration of Spinal Surgery”
"Lumbar Spine: Issues in Baseball"
American Sports Medicine Institute, Dr. James Andrews
1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2011

“Evaluation of Spine Injuries in Professional Baseball”
“Treatment of Spine Injuries in Professional Baseball” “
“Spine Anatomy - Cadaver Dissection”
Cervical Spine Surgery
"Lumbar Spine Injuries in Baseball"
"Cervical Spine Injuries in Baseball"
Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society
2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008

“The Spine in Professional Baseball – Evaluation and Treatment of Spinal Injuries"
Kerlan – Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, Dr. Louis Yocum

“Motion Preservation Surgery of the Lumbar Spine”
Zimmer Spine

International Performance Institute
“The Spine in Sports: Evaluation and Treatment of Spine Injuries”

“Spine Anatomy and Pathology”
Saint Petersburg Catholic High School – Medical Program
2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

“Spine Injuries in Sports”
North American Trainers Association


Tolli, T.C.: Spine Injuries in Wrestling.  In: Watkins, Robert G.:  The Spine in Sports.  St. Louis: Mosby, 1996.

Cammisa, F.P., Eismont, F., Tolli, T.C.:  Penetrating Injuries of the Cervical Spine.  In:  Camins, Martin B., O’Leary, Patrick F.:  Disorders of the Cervical Spine.  Philadelphia:  Williams and Wilkins, 1992.

Tolli, T.C., Fielding, J.W.:  Spinal Infections and Spondyloarthropathies.  Current Opinion in ORTHOPAEDICS.  2:181-185, Apr. 1992.

Tolli, T.C., Cammisa, F.P., Lane, J.M.:  Metastatic Disease of the Spine.  Seminars in Spine Surgery.  3:181-196, Sept. 1990.

Fielding, J.W., Tolli, T.C.:  Surgical Management of Postlaminectomy Kyphosis.  Seminars in Spine Surgery.  4:271-275, Dec. 1989.


What Our Patients
Are Saying

"Dr. Tolli and his staff provided me with a first class experience through major cervical fusion surgery from start to finish. The care and attention to detail I received during this time was exceptional.

I have had a quick recovery and have returned to my normal activities feeling better than ever!"

James Rawson
Pro Baseball Coach & Neck Surgery Patient


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