Get to know your Arkansas spine surgeon, Dr. Brad Thomas! Dr. Thomas specializes in the treatment of brain, spine, and peripheral nerve disorders.
Dr. Brad Thomas was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, completed his undergraduate degree at Baylor University, and then received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He returned to Baylor for his General Surgery Internship and five years of neurosurgery training.
Dr. Thomas is devoted to his family and his practice, where he constantly strives to provide quality, ethical surgery for each of his patients. Dr. Thomas was recently recognized by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette as Best of the Best in Central Arkansas for Neurosurgery.
Dr. Thomas is Board Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He is also a member of the American Medical Society, the Arkansas Medical Society, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and the North American Spine Society.
We interviewed Dr. Thomas to find out why he wanted to become a spine surgeon and what drives him both personally and professionally. Read more to learn about an award-winning Arkansas spine surgeon!
Q: When did you know you wanted to be a surgeon? What sealed the deal for you?
A: My dad was an eye doctor, and I worked for him a couple of summers during high school. I liked the surgery part of his job and seeing the patient outcomes. It is almost mechanical: you see a problem and fix it. It’s kind of like cutting the grass. It’s very satisfying to see the clean, neat results of your labor, and the satisfied patients who are restored to health.
Q: Why did you start to work for Arkansas Surgical Hospital? What path brought you here?
A: I really just wanted a better environment for my patients and for me. It’s about quality of life for me and for my patients. I felt like I was doing pretty good surgery, but I felt like the bigger hospitals had a big government feel. They didn’t really know or care about my patients or me. We were just a number. Before I came to Arkansas Surgical Hospital, I felt like I was a big school bus; when I came to ASH I felt like a sports car. It’s pleasant to work in a clean, nice environment where everybody generally is in a good mood.
Q: What are you good at professionally? What are you known for?
A: I have a knack for two things as a surgeon: good surgical skills and good results for my patients. I want to be known for being down to earth and relating well to my patients. Being from a small town myself, I understand the small town relationships. Most people aren’t very wealthy and it is a big deal to drive three hours from Mountain Home to see me, so I really try to make it obvious that I care about their time, their money, and their health issues.
I think a lot of reason for my success is people are comfortable with me. Even though I’m a neurosurgeon will all of this education, they want to see somebody that they feel is a kindred spirit.
Q: What is the one problem you are best at solving for your patients? What would your ideal patients say about you?
A: I hope they’d say that I cared about them and their medical problems, that I was able to give them some hope, and help them heal and find a cure.
Q: What are you most passionate about professionally?
A: I really pride myself in providing quality, ethical surgery. That’s my primary goal: to choose who can truly benefit from surgery and provide a good outcome to them.
Q: What are you most passionate about personally? What do you really enjoy doing?
A: I enjoy spending time with my family. There used to be other things I’d like to do like hunting. But now I am so busy with my practice that when I have spare time I want to spend it with my wife and our daughter. I want to maximize the time I have with my daughter.
Q: How do you want to be remembered?
A: I guess professionally as an honest, ethical Christian neurosurgeon, that people liked and that was honest. I would like for my family to remember me as a good husband and a good dad.
If you would like to make an appointment with Dr. Thomas, contact Arkansas Surgical Hospital at 877-452-8512.