Lt. Col. Theodore J. Choma, M.D. graduated from Lehigh’s Arts and Engineering program in 1985 with a B.A. in applied science and a B.S. in mechanical engineering.
Choma is currently an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Director of the Missouri Spine Center at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine.
From 2001 to 2005, he was the residency program director and chief of spine surgery at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, in Fort Gordon, Ga. He is a practicing surgeon, researcher and educator. His research focuses on procedures aimed at healing spinal injuries faster and more naturally. While at the Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Choma received a grant to research how to heal spine fractures using a titanium plate and screws just around the injured bones. In addition, he conducted extensive work with proteins used to help bones heal themselves in the event of an injury. He holds two medical patents.
Choma received his MD from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. From 1992-2005, he was an Active Duty Medical corps officer in the United States Army.