About Chiari Medicine

Chiari Medicine is a professional forum for the Chiari malformations,
syringomyelia, and related disorders. 


The mission of Chiari Medicine  is to enhance knowledge and understanding of the Chiari malformations, syringomyelia, and related disorders so that those affected receive quality care the first time. The website HOME page features the most recent additions to the site. The EDUCATION section will include summaries of current knowledge and image galleries presents featuring pertinent radiological and surgical images. The MANAGEMENT section contains guides and tools to facilitate the evaluation and care of persons with these disorders. The RESEARCH section contains links to selected abstracts on PubMed. Organized by topic, this section facilitates review of the latest research literature.  

Additions to Chiari Medicine  can be submitted through the Contact page. (More below on Becoming A Contributor.)

About the Editor

John J. Oró, MD, FAANS

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After receiving an MD degree and completing a surgical internship at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. Oró obtained neurosurgical training at the University of Missouri Health Sciences Center in Columbia, Missouri. He joined the neurosurgical faculty of MU in 1984, and in 1991 became the Director of the Neurological Surgery Residency Training Program and Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery.  

Dr. Oró has a special interest in the treatment of the adult Chiari malformation, syringomyelia, and related disorders. Together with Diane Mueller, NP, in 1998 he established The Chiari Clinic at the University of Missouri. In 2005, Dr. Oró moved to The Medical Center of Aurora in Aurora, Colorado and established The Chiari Care Center. In July 2017, a new center, the Colorado Chiari Institute, was established. 

Dr. Oró, together with Diane Mueller, ND, RN, FNP-BC, has published widely on these disorders. He is active in The American Syringomyelia & Chiari Alliance Project, The Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation, and Conquer Chiari.

Associate Editor

Diane M. Mueller, ND, RN, FNP-BC - Neurosurgery Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Mueller graduated with a BSN from St Louis University, a Masters degree in Nursing from California State University, and a Doctor of Nursing degree from Case Western Reserve University. She has over 25 years of clinical experience in Neurosurgery and extensive experience in Chiari, Syringomyelia and spine care.

In 1998, working with Dr. Oro’, Dr. Mueller helped establish a specialty clinic at the University of Missouri, in Columbia, Missouri for patients with Chiari I Malformation and Syringomyelia. She relocated to the Chiari Care Center in January 2011. Along with Dr. Oro,’ she has published research studies on Chiari I malformation and related disorders as well as co-authored “The Chiari Book”. Dr. Mueller is involved in clinical research and also serves as a member of the board of directors for Conquer Chiari, a nonprofit organization devoted to education/research regarding CM and related disorders.

Comment, comment, comment!

The best way to participate in the site is by commenting on the various posts. If a blog post triggers your interest and you want to add additional information or debate a point, please feel free to do so. Comments are moderated to keep the discussion focused on professional issues.

Become a Contributor

Professionals working in this field are encouraged to submit a news items or articles, image(s), and other related content. Submission length can vary depending on the material but generally not be longer that about 800 words. You can reach the Editor through Contact page or at chiarimedicine@icloud.com

Financial Disclosure

Chiari Medicine is a service of CyberMed, LCC, a medical online publishing company founded by Dr. John Oró. The site independent and does not receive outside financial support.