Dr. Tolo received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Zoology from Concordia College in 1964, and his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1968. He completed his surgical and orthopaedic training at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he also was Chief of Pediatric Orthopaedics for 11 years before coming to Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
In 2001, he was selected for the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars award. In addition, Dr. Tolo has been active in several orthopaedic associations. He has been president of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, the Scoliosis Research Society, and the Orthopaedic Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is also past president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, with a membership of over 25,000 orthopaedic surgeons. He was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery for nearly 5 years and is currently Editor Emeritus for this journal.
Spinal Deformities, skeletal dysplasia, cerebral palsy, and hips disorders
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Surgery
Johns Hopkins Hospital, General Surgery
Johns Hopkins Hospital, Orthopaedic Surgery
The Hospital for Sick Children inToronto, Pediatric Orthopedics
Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (Past President)
Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (Past President)
Scoliosis Research Society, Orthopaedic Section of American Academy of Pediatrics
Scoliosis Research Society (Past President)
Distinguished Achievement Award, 2009 Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
Distinguished Service Award, 2010
Orthopaedic Section, American Academy of Pediatrics
William Tipton Leadership Award, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2012
Lifetime Achievement Award, Scoliosis Research Society, 2012
Alumni Achievement Award, Concordia College (MN), 2014
Wright JG, Tolo VT: JBJS and evidence-based orthopaedics. J Pediatr Orthop Sep:32, Suppl 2:S101-103, 2012.
Andras L, Yamaguchi KT,Jr, Skaggs DL, Tolo VT: Surgical technique for balancing posterior spinal fusions to the pelvis using the T square of Tolo. J Pediatr Orthop. Dec;32(8):e63-6. 2012.
Swiontkowski MF, Tolo VT. The case report redefined with JBJS Case Connector. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2013 Jan 16;95(2):97.
Myung KS, Glassman DM, Tolo VT, Skaggs DL. Simple Steps to Minimize Spine Infections in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. J Pediatr Orthop. 2013 Jun 26. [Epub ahead of print]
Levin, DE; Speer, AL; Giuliani, S; Panossian, A; Arkader, A; Femino, JD; Tolo, V; Stanley, P; Anselmo, DM. Extremity Amputations for Vascular Anomalies: A Single-Center Experience Over 10 years. Curr Orthop Practice. November/December 2013. Vol 24:6(653-58).