About Chiari Medicine

Established in 2012, Chiari Medicine is a professional forum for the Chiari malformations, syringomyelia, and related disorders. 


The Chiari Medicine blog focuses on the latest research, reviews the current knowledge, and presents radiological and surgical images to provide a better understanding of these disorders. Professional comments on the posts are encouraged. If you would like to submit a post for consideration, learn about becoming a Contributor below.

The WorkFlow section focuses on tools and processes that facilitate the evaluation and care of persons with Chiari malformation, syringomyelia, and related disorders. Additions to the WorkFlow page can be submitted through the Contact page. 


About the Editor

John J. Oró, MD


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 went on to become 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. Together with Diane Mueller, NP, 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 Neurosurgery Center of Colorado and The Chiari Care Center.

Dr. Oró, along 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 foremost way professionals can contribute 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. Contributions, such as posts, images, and suggestions for improvement of the site can be submitted through the Contact page.


Become a Contributor

Professionals working in this field are encouraged to submit guest posts by inserting them into the large box on Contact page. Those contributing material will be listed on the site as Contributors and will be asked to submit a brief biography. (In order for Chiari Medicine to qualify for HON Code certification by the Health On the Net Foundation, the site must include the qualifications of the authors.)

The bio can be submitted in list or prose form. At minimum, please include training institution(s), degree(s), special interests, and current practice or institution. Optional items include advanced training, research, memberships, and honors and awards. 


Financial Disclosure

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