Treatment & Services
- Back and Neck Pain Treatment
- Cervical, Thoracic And Lumbar Epidural Injections
- Cervical, Thoracic And Lumbar Radiofrequency Ablation
- Interventional Pain Management
- Interventional Spine Procedures
- Joint Injections
- Medical Acupuncture
- Medical Management Of Spinal Disorders
- Medical Orthopaedics
- Musculoskeletal Evaluation
- Musculoskeletal Medicine
- Nerve Blocks
- Non-Operative Spine Care
- Non-Surgical Treatment of Musculoskeletal Sports Injuries
- Peripheral Joint Injections
- Spinal Injections
- Sports Medicine
Specialty in Diseases & Conditions
- Back Disorders
- Back Pain in Athletes
- Cervical and Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease
- Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Spine Disorders
- Chronic Back Pain
- Chronic Myofascial Pain (CMP)
- Degenerative Spine Disease
- Facet Arthropathy
- Facet Joint Syndrome
- Herniated Disc
- Hip Pain
- Knee Injuries
- Knee Pain
- Leg Pain
- Lumbar Radiculopathy
- Musculoskeletal Impairments
- Musculoskeletal Pain
- Myofascial Pain Syndrome
- Neck Pain
- Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
- Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
- Spine Pain
- Stenosis - Spinal
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Education & Professional Highlights
Education & Fellowships
Graduate - Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management
Cleveland, OH USA
Fellowship - Florida Spine Institute
Clearwater, FL USA
Residency - New York University Medical Center
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
New York, NY USA
Internship - Massapequa General Hospital
Seaford, NY USA
Medical School - New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
New York, NY USA
Undergraduate - New York University
New York, NY USA
- Board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation
- Subspecialty certification in pain medicine
- Associate Medical Director, Richard E. Jacobs Medical Center
- Co-Director - Medical Spine Fellowship
- Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
- Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - Pain Medicine
Evaluation and Management of Back and Neck Pain, Interventional Pain Management, Musculoskeletal and Sports Medicine, Electromyography
- American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- North American Spine Society
- International Spine Intervention Society
Research & Publications
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Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.
To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.
As of 7/12/2018, Dr. Thomas has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.
Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Thomas receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:
- State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.
* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.
172 Patient Satisfaction Reviews
The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.
Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.
The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.
|Courtesy, Respect & Concern||4.8|
|Knows Medical History||4.4|
|Time Spent with Patient||4.7|
|Patient Rating of Doctor||4.7|
10 Patient Comments
Reviewed on Sep 21, 2018
Dr. Thomas wanted an x-ray of my back but didn't give specific instructions on whether a follow-up appointment was needed or not. I had to call for a follow-up.
Reviewed on Aug 22, 2018
No problems with scheduling or visit with doctor
Reviewed on Jul 16, 2018
I asked the physician about medication to ease some of the numbness in my hands. I asked him specifically about gabapentin, a medication I'm familiar with for neuropathy. He stated he thought about it but decided against it because it would make me drowsy. He never asked me if I would be interested in taking it he just decided himself that no I would not want that medicine. He also never said anything about follow up and never requested a follow up appointment for me. I felt as if he knew from the beginning of the appointment that he was not going to follow up with me. And I was correct.
Reviewed on May 16, 2018
An alternative treatment for my condition that I was not aware of never was brought up by care provider during my visit. I followed up with a question regarding this option through the Cleveland Clinic message system. As of this time, no response has been given.
Reviewed on May 16, 2018
Very happy with the dr. he was knowledgeable, concerned about my concerns, answered questions, researched prior records and asked what we thought. Very fortunate that my PCP recommended us to the practice
Reviewed on Apr 25, 2018
I am very thankful for Dr Thomas and his kindness. He takes time to explain what his opinions of my problems and what alternatives are for solution. For that I am grateful.sincerely
Reviewed on Apr 4, 2018
Dr. Thomas and the nurse were both very professional and helpful.
Reviewed on Mar 7, 2018
Regarding new medicine prescribed, would have liked to have some "warning signs" that medication should be stopped if I didn't react well to it (which I didn't).
Reviewed on Feb 26, 2018
As I said she was in and asked about list of meds and out of exam room.
Reviewed on Jan 29, 2018
I was upset and confused after this appt. The doctor seemed impatient with my questions concerning medications and pain management. I felt that he was for some reason displeased with me. In fact, at one point he said, "you might want another provider I don't know if I can help you." He didn't make it clear to me why this would be the case. And then he abruptly left the room and did not return. His nurse did return to the room and, I felt, just kind of "brushed me off." She did give me the card (at my request) of another doctor. When I left, I couldn't figure out what had just happened. Why the appointment went in the direction it did. Why he felt he could not help me. I just came away completely confused and unhappy.
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