Richard V. Chua, MD

Professor, Neurosurgery
Academic Professional Bio: 

Richard V. Chua, MD, FAANS, FACS, is a Professor of Neurosurgery and is a board-certified neurosurgeon and provides general neurosurgical care at Banner University Medical Center – Tucson.  He is an active teaching faculty member in the Neurosurgery Residency Program within the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson.  Dr. Chua is Director of Spine Minimally Invasive Surgery and Robotics, and serves as the Medical Director for the Comprehensive Spine Program.


Dr. Chua specializes in degenerative spine disease, motion preservation surgery of the cervical spine (arthroplasty), image-guided and robotic-assisted techniques for instrumented spinal fusions, and minimally invasive surgeries of the entire spine.  He is an active faculty member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeon (AANS) Goodman Oral Boards Review Course.  He has been an invited guest lecturer at many US and international spine meetings, and provides surgeon education both domestic and internationally.  He hosts visiting surgeons frequently in Tucson.  He is a founding member of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS).  He is a Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeon (AANS), and the American College of Surgeons (ACS), and is Board Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons (ABNS).

  1. MD: Indiana University School of Medicine – Indianapolis, 1992
  2. MS: Purdue University School of Science – Indianapolis, 1988
  • Indiana University School of Medicine, General Surgery, 1992-1993
  • Indiana University School of Medicine, Neurological Surgery, 1993-1998
Board Certifications:
  • American Board of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Board of Neurological Surgeons, Re-Certification 2014