Richard J. Thomas, M.D. completed his undergraduate education at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia and completed his orthopaedic residency at the University of Virginia Health Systems in Charlottesville. Following residency Dr. Thomas spent a year at Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center completing a Sports Medicine Fellowship.
Dr. Thomas is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, a member and Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Medical Association of Georgia, Bibb County Medical Society, Southern Orthopaedic Association, and the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), where he has achieved the designation "Master Instructor". He also serves on AANA's communications committee and is a Facilitator for AANA's Knee Section. Dr. Thomas serves as the Medical Director for CareSouth Home Healthcare Systems, a national home health corporation.
Dr. Thomas has authored multiple book chapters and medical journal articles on the knee, shoulder, and elbow.
Dr. Thomas enjoys spending time with family, weight training, golf, racquetball, and team sports. He is a team physician for the Mercer University men's and women's soccer programs and several high schools in the Central Georgia. In the past has acted as a team physician for James Madison University, Alcorn State, Delta State, Mississippi College, Jackson State, and University of Virginia.