Mr Thomas qualified MB BS from Kings College Hospital, London in 1980. Subsequently he obtained the FRCS(Edinburgh) in l984, FRCS(England) in 1986 and FRCS(Orth) in 1993. After completing general surgical training in 1984 he embarked on specialist orthopaedic training initially in the University of Cape Town, South Africa returning to England in 1986. Mr Thomas then completed Registrar and Senior Registrar rotations at Charing Cross and St Marys hospitals in London which involved Senior Registrar posts in shoulder surgery at Reading and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Stanmore.
He was appointed Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon to Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals Berkshire in 1994 with an interest in shoulder and elbow surgery. As the first consultant to be appointed with this interest in East Berkshire, he then established and developed this service both within the NHS and the private sector, working with specialist anaesthetists (performing specialised regional nerve blockade for post operative pain relief) and physiotherapists (specialising in this area to give the best post operative rehabilitation). Working in both sectors also allows me to direct the patients’ treatment to the most appropriate facility within this district for their condition.
Mr Thomas’s practice now consists 90% of shoulder and elbow surgery, both elective and trauma, and this involves both arthroscopic (keyhole surgery) and open procedures such as joint replacement. He has published articles on shoulder and elbow arthroplasty in both adult and in juvenile rheumatoid (idiopathic) arthritis, the latter being one of only two on this subject in the world.
Mr Thomas has also published results of surface replacement arthroplasty of the shoulder and has carried out in excess of 300 such replacements since 1998 as well as being involved in the teaching of this technique to many surgeons throughout the world. He has been invited to lecture on shoulder and elbow surgery in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, India, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, USA and extensively within the UK and am invited regularly as a visiting surgeon to a hospital in Cairo, Egypt.
Elected as a member of the council of the British Elbow and Shoulder Society (BESS) from 2008 to 2010, and then further elected to his current position of Treasurer of that society. He has also been a member of its Research Committee since 2008. He was also appointed secretary of the Rheumatoid Arthritis Surgical Society (RASS) in 2008. A member of both the European Shoulder and elbow society (SECEC) and the European Rheumatism and Arthritis Surgical Society (ERASS). And also a reviewer of articles for two leading international shoulder and elbow journals (Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and Shoulder and Elbow).