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INFORMATION FOR

Dominick Tuason, MD

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation; Associate Residency Program Director, Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

Contact Information

Dominick Tuason, MD

Patient Care Locations

Mailing Address

  • Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

    800 Howard Ave

    New Haven, CT 06510

    United States

Biography

Dr. Tuason is a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon with a subspecialty expertise in early onset, adolescent, neuromuscular, and complex spinal deformity. He offers a number of different treatments for children with spinal curvatures, including bracing, scoliosis-specific physical therapy, Mehta corrective casting for infantile scoliosis, magnetically controlled growing rods, vertical expandable prosthetic titanium rib (VEPTR), halo gravity traction, and spinal fusion.

Committed to ensuring the utmost safety and value of scoliosis care, Dr. Tuason believes in a multidisciplinary team approach to ensure that children undergoing scoliosis surgery at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital have reproducible outcomes of the highest quality.

As a part of improving safety and outcomes in scoliosis surgery, Dr. Tuason utilizes 3-Dnavigation techniques in complex spine surgery and was recently invited faculty at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting to discuss Emerging Technologies in Spine Surgery. He is also an active member of the Growing Spine Committee and Safety and Value Committee within the Scoliosis Research Society. His primary research interests are in quality improvement research.

A native of Bucks County, Pa., Dr. Tuason earned a bachelor of science in biomedical engineering from The Johns Hopkins University and his medical degree from The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Following this, he finished an orthopaedic residency at The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and completed a pediatric orthopaedic and scoliosis fellowship at The Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. He and his wife, Angie, enjoy being a part of the vibrant community in Trumbull, Conn., along with their children Alyvia and AJ

Education & Training

  • Fellowship
    The Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (2012)
  • Residency
    University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (2010)
  • Internship
    University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (2006)
  • MD
    University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (2005)
  • BS
    Johns Hopkins University, biomedical engineering (2001)

Activities

  • Prospective Analysis of Home Narcotic Consumption and Management of Excess Narcotic Prescription Following Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Surgery
    Vancouver, BC, Canada 2022
    Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America Annual Meeting
  • Effects of Extended Operative Time (EOT) on Surgical and Hospital Outcomes After Posterior Spinal Fusion for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
    Philadelphia, PA, United States 2022
    2022 American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting
  • Preoperative Erector Spinae Blocks: An Alternative to Intrathecal Morphine to Minimize Narcotic Consumption Following Pediatric Scoliosis Surgery
    Las Vegas, NV, United States 2022
    47th Annual Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Meeting
  • Pedicle Asymmetry in Idiopathic Scoliosis Correlates with Curve Magnitude, Deformity Angular Ratio, and Vertebral Body Rotation
    Salt Lake City, UT, United States 2021
    : 50th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • Three-Dimensional Printing versus Freehand Surgical Techniques in the Surgical Management of Adolescent Idiopathic Spinal Deformity
    Bristol, CT, United States 2021
    Connecticut Orthopaedic Society Annual Meeting
  • Racial Disparities in Healthcare Resource Utilization After Pediatric Cervical and/or Thoracic Spinal Injuries
    Austin, TX, United States 2021
    2021 Annual Meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • Shilla Growth Guidance Procedure
    Video demonstration for complex growth guidance procedure for early onset scoliosis 2021
    Shilla Growth Guidance Procedure
  • Sanders 3 with a 60 Degree Thoracic Curve: in 2021, Fusion is Still the Way to Go
    Dallas, TX, United States 2021
    Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
  • Rate, Reasons, and Cost of Emergency Department Visits Surrounding Lumbar Discectomy
    Chicago, IL, United States 2020
    13th Annual Lumbar Spine Research Society Meeting
  • Short-Term Outcomes after Common Pediatric Orthopedic Procedures: A Five-Year Comparison
    Virtual Annual Meeting held due to COVID 2020
    Southern Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting
  • Use of Intraoperative Navigation with Posterior Spinal Fusion for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Appears Safe to Consider
    Virtual annual meeting held due to COVID 2020
    Southern Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting
  • ICD-10 in Pediatric Spinal Deformity: Are We Taking Advantage of Increased Coding Granularity
    Virtual annual meeting held due to COVID 2020
    Southern Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting
  • “How to Accurately Diagnose Elbow Fractures That Are Not Supracondylar Fractures”
    Virtual presentation given as a part of POSNA resident education 2020
    Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America Virtual Resident Master Series
  • "Navigation Improves Teaching: Counterpoint”
    This was an invited expert opinion oral presentation that had to be given virtually, due to the cancelled in person POSNA annual meetiing 2020
    Pediatric
  • Long Term Results of Fusion in Early Onset Scoliosis
    Montreal, QC, Canada (2019-2022)
    54th Annual Scoliosis Research Society Meeting
  • A Two-Surgeon Approach Improves Performance for Young Surgeons in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
    New Brunswick, NJ, United States 2019
    New Jersey Orthopaedic Society Annual Meeting
  • The Value Proposition of Patient Specific Guides in Spinal Deformity Surgery
    Orlando, FL, United States 2019
    5th Annual International Children’s Spine Symposium
  • The Value Proposition of Patient Specific Guides in Spinal Deformity Surgery
    Orlando, FL, United States 2018
    15th Annual International Pediatric Orthopaedic Symposium
  • Retrospective Review of the Impact of a Rapid Recovery Pathway on Postoperative Narcotic Consumption, Pain Scores, and Length of Stay in AIS Surgery
    Orlando, FL, United States 2018
    2018 American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference
  • 3D Printed Patient Specific Drill Guides for Pedicle Screw Insertion: A Retrospective Cohort Study
    Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy 2018
    53rd Annual Scoliosis Research Society Meeting
  • 3D Printed Mechanical Guides Enhance Safety and Accuracy of Pedicle Screw Placement in Spine Surgery
    St. Louis, MO, United States 2018
    Spine Masters Surgical Techniques Annual Meeting
  • Emerging Technologies in Spine Surgery
    New Orleans, LA, United States 2018
    Annual Meeting American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Impact of a Rapid Recovery Pathway on Postoperative Narcotic Consumption, Pain Scores, and Length of Stay in AIS Surgery
    New York, NY, United States 2018
    3rd Annual Safety in Spine Surgery Annual Meeting
  • Advances in the Management of Scoliosis
    New Brunswick, NJ, United States 2018
    Pediatric Grand Rounds
  • Rod Link Reducer
    Orlando, FL, United States 2017
    14th Annual International Pediatric Orthopaedic Symposium
  • Infection After Spinal Fusion for Neuromuscular Scoliosis: 30 Year Experience at a Single Institution
    Vancouver, BC, Canada 2013
    International Meeting on Advanced Spinal Techniques
  • Incidence and Risk Factors For Deep Infection After Spinal Deformity Surgery in Neuromuscular Patients
    Toronto, ON, Canada 2013
    Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America Annual Meeting
  • Prediction of Surgical Intervention in Children with Osteomyelitis Based on Clinical and Laboratory Parameters
    Chicago, IL, United States 2013
    Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Effect on Lung Growth and Function of Serial Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib (VEPTR) Expansion Thoracoplasty in Children with Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome (TIS): A Longitudinal Study
    Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan 2010
    45th Annual Scoliosis Research Society Meeting
  • Changes in Joint Congruency Following Medial Meniscus Tear and Repair
    San Diego, CA, United States 2008
    Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Connecticut Top Doctors2022
FellowAmerican Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons2019
The Orthopaedic Surgery Faculty Teaching AwardRobert Wood Johnson University Hospital2019
MemberPediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America2019
MemberScoliosis Research Society2017
New Jersey Family Favorite Kids Doc Award2017
T. Boone Pickens Pediatric Spine Research AwardTexas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children2012

Professional Service

OrganizationRoleDate
Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North AmericaWellness Committee Member2021 - 2022
Yale New Haven Children's HospitalChildren's Hospital OR Quality and Safety Committee Member2020 - 2022
North American Spine Society JournalReviewer2020 - 2022
Trumbull Little LeagueBoard of Directors2020 - 2021
Scoliosis Research SocietyQuality Safety and Value Committee Member2019 - 2022
Trumbull Little LeagueVolunteer Baseball Coach for Little League and Trumbull Travel Baseball2019 - 2022
Scoliosis Research SocietyGrowing Spine Committee Member2018 - 2019
Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North AmericaAbstract Grader 2017 - 2020
Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North AmericaCore Curriculum Committee Member2017 - 2019
Frontiers in PediatricsReviewer2013 - 2022

Departments & Organizations