ABOUT OUR PRACTICE

Walter A. Thomas

Dr. Walter Thomas is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon specializing in sports medicine and general orthopaedics. Dr. Thomas completed his undergraduate studies at Pacific Union College and earned his medical degree from Loma Linda University. He performed his internship, residency and chief residency at Loma Linda University. He then completed a Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Fellowship at the University of California at San Diego.

Dr. Thomas’ sports medicine background includes serving as an orthopaedic consultant for Team USA Waterpolo, associate team physician for the San Diego Padres Baseball Club, San Diego Thunder, San Diego State Football Club, San Diego Gulls Hockey Club, and the San Diego State Women’s Soccer Club. He previously served as the orthopaedic surgeon to the San Diego State University Rugby Team and the San Diego Thunder Semi-Pro Football Club.

For more information on orthopaedic conditions and treatments, visit this site created by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons:  http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/main.cfm

Dr. Thomas is a Qualified Medical Examiner for the State of California. His surgical expertise includes arthroscopy of all joints, including the arthroscopic rotator cuff and ACL reconstruction, cartilage repair and total joint arthroplasty of the shoulder.

Dr. Thomas’ Curriculum Vitae

PERSONAL:

Date of Birth: September 20, 1971
Place of Birth: Somerset West, South Africa
Citizenship: U.S.A / Canada
Office Address: 696 Hampshire Rd., Ste. 200
Westlake Village, CA 91361

(Main Location for All Correspondence)

696 Hampshire Rd., Ste. 200
Westlake Village, CA 91361
Telephone: (805) 497-0817
Fax: (805) 497-8933

CERTIFICATIONS:

California Medical License
Controlled Substance Registration Certificate DEA
Board Certified, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Qualified Medical Examiner, State of California

WORK EXPERIENCE:

  • Walter A. Thomas, M.D. Inc.Westlake Village, CA
    2009 – Present
  • RMM Orthopaedics
    San Diego, CA
    August 2005 – July 2009
    Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • UCSD
    San Diego, CA
    June 2004 – Aug. 2005
    Fellowship Sports Medicine
  • Kaiser Permanente Hospital
    Riverside, CA
    September 2002 – June 2004
    Staff Physician

EDUCATION:

  • 2004 –2005 University of California, San Diego
    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    San Diego Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine Fellowship
    James P. Tasto, M.D. and Robert Pedowitz, M.D., PhD
  • 2001 – 2002 Loma Linda University
    Chief Resident
    Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
    Residency: Orthopedic Surgery
  • 1998 – 2001 Loma Linda University
    Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
    Residency: Orthopedic Surgery
  • 1997 – 1998 Loma Linda University
    Department of Surgery
    Internship: General Surgery
  • 1993 – 1997 Loma Linda University
    Loma Linda, CA
    M.D. Degree
  • 1989 – 1993 Pacific Union College
    Angwin, CA
    B.S., Business Administration

SPORTS MEDICINE EXPERIENCE:

  • 2009—Present Orthopaedic Consultant USA Waterpolo
  • 2006 –2007 Team Physician
    San Diego State Rugby Team
    San Diego, CA
  • 2006 –2008 Team Physician
    So Cal Scorpions Football Team
    San Diego, CA
  • 2004 –2005 Associate Team Physician
    San Diego Padres Baseball Club
    San Diego, CA
  • 2004 –2005 Associate Team Physician
    San Diego State Football Team
    San Diego, CA
  • 2004 –2005 Associate Team Physician
    San Diego Gulls Hockey Team
    San Diego, CA
  • 2004 –2005 Associate Team Physician
    Grossmont College Football Team
    San Diego, CA
  • 2004 –2005 Associate Team Physician
    La Jolla Country Day High School Football
    La Jolla, CA

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • Western Orthopaedic Association

HOSPITAL AFFILIATIONS / PRIVILEGES:

  • Westlake Specialty Surgery Center
  • Thousand Oaks Surgical Hospital
  • Los Robles Hospital
  • Los Robles Surgical Center

PUBLICATIONS / RESEARCH:

  • 2007 Thomas, W.A.., Hoenecke, H.R., Fronek, Jan
    “Throwing Injuries in the Athlete” Practical Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy, Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and
    Wilking, 2007. 309-321
  • 2007 “A Biomechanical Analysis of a Novel Arthroscopic Suture Method Compared to Standard Suture Knots and Material for Rotator Cuff Repair”
    Walter Thomas, Andrew Mahar, Tim Odell, Robert Pedowitz
  • Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery
    November 2007 (Vol. 23, Issue 11, Pages 1162-1166)
  • 2006 “Effects of Novel Sterilization Process on Soft Tissue Mechanical Properties for Anterior Cruciate LigamentRepair”
    Walter Thomas, Robert Pedowitz, Andrew Mahar, Aimee Schmizzi, Michelle Wedemeyrs, Tim Odell
  • Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery
    June 2006 (Vol. 22, Issue 6, Page e28)
  • 2006 “Glenoid neck perforation during Total Shoulder Arthroplasty”
    W Thomas MD, H Hoenecke MD
  • 2001 “The Zancolli Superficialis transfer an analysis of dynamic stability”
    W Thomas MD, K Mudge MD, Q Dai PhD
  • 2001 “Ulnar Styloid Fractures and Resultant Instability of the Distal Radioulnar Joint”
    W Thomas MD, K Mudge MD, Q Dai PhD

PRESENTATIONS:

  • 2007 “Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair”
    Donjoy CERF Laboratory
    Carlsbad, CA
  • 2007 DonJoy International Knee and Shoulder Cadaver Lab
    Clinical Instructor, Donjoy Cerf Laboratory
    Carlsbad, CA
  • 2007 “Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction”
    Donjoy CERF Laboratory
    Carlsbad, CA
  • 2006 “Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair”
    Donjoy CERF Laboratory
    Carlsbad, CA
  • 2006 DonJoy International Knee and Shoulder Cadaver Lab
    Clinical Instructor, Donjoy Cerf Laboratory
    Carlsbad, CA
  • 2006 “Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction”
    Donjoy CERF Laboratory
    Carlsbad, CA
  • 2005 “Throwing Injuries in the Athlete”
    UCSD Grand Rounds
    Scripps Mercy, San Diego, CA
  • 2005 San Diego Shoulder Meeting
    Clinical Instructor
    La Jolla, CA
  • 2005 “Upper Extremity Injuries in Athletes”
    San Diego Padres Spring Training
    Peoria, AZ

CLINICAL TRAINING COURSES:

  • 2004 Articular Cartilage Course for Fellows
    Carlsbad, CA
  • 2004 Arthroscopic Knot Tying Workshop
    Scottsdale, AZ
  • 2003 Hip Arthroscopy Course
    Naples, FL
  • 2001 Prosthetics and Orthotics Course
    Scottish Rite Hospital
    Dallas, TX