Steven C. Thomas, M.D.

Steven C. Thomas, M.D., TPL Orthopedics and Sports MedicineSteven C. Thomas, M.D.

Dr. Thomas was born in 1955 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was brought up in Las Vegas and graduated from Ed. W. Clark High School in 1973. He attended The University of Utah and completed his premedical studies Magna Cum Laude and as Valedictorian of the College in 1979. He completed medical school and research at Johns Hopkins in 1984. Five years of orthopaedic residency training were completed in Seattle, Washington at the University of Washington and affiliated hospitals. After completion of residency, he stayed on with Dr. Frederick Matsen to continue fellowship training in surgery of the shoulder and elbow and to complete his research in cruciate ligament reconstruction and sports injuries of the knee. After completing his additional training, a traveling fellowship in arthroscopic treatment of knee and shoulder injuries was completed. Training was received from Dr. Russell Warren, team physician for the New York Giants professional football team among other teams, at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Dr. Thomas then trained in southern California with Dr. Stephen Snyder who is considered one of the most advanced and innovative shoulder arthroscopists of our time. Dr. Thomas has numerous publications in the orthopaedic literature including co-authorship of several chapters in the major orthopaedic text books.

While Dr. Thomas’s present practice does address general orthopaedic problems, its emphasis is on sports injuries and arthroscopic treatment of knee and shoulder problems. Dr. Thomas is an expert in the treatment of both knees and shoulders. His practice is equally divided between knees and shoulders. He is Board Certified in General Orthopaedic Surgery and also holds a Subspecialty Board Certification in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. To date, Dr. Thomas has performed over 30,000 surgeries. Dr. Thomas does all of his own surgeries and does not allow fellows, residents, or other surgeons in training to perform any of his surgeries.

Undergraduate Education: Bachelor of Arts Finance (Magna Cum Laude) : 1979 University of Utah 1973-1979 (2 year leave of absence)

  • Degree: B.A. Finance (Magna Cum Laude)
  • GPA: 3.98
  • Honors: Alpha Kappa Psi Scholarship Award for Highest Cumulative Scholastic Average
  • Other: Served in Lisbon, Portugal (1975-1977) as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (speak and write Portuguese).

Medical School:

Johns Hopkins Medical School: Doctor of Medicine Degree, 1979-1984.
Upper third of class.
Multiple published research projects with the Department of Orthopedics.


Orthopaedic Residency: 1989 University of Washington Department of Orthopaedics Seattle, Washington July 1984-July 1989


Shoulder & Elbow Service : 1989 University of Washington, July 1989-December 1989 Traveling Sports Fellowship Dr. Russell Warren Hospital for Special Surgery Team Doctor for the New York Giants New York Dr. Stephen Snyder Southern California Orthopedic Institute Van Nuys, California

Academic Appointments:

Acting Instructor in Orthopaedics : 1989 Department of Orthopaedics University of Washington Seattle, Washington

Board Certifications:

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Recertification Exam: January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2023 

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Recertification Exam: January 1, 2002 through December 31, 2023 

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery: 1991

Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Subspecialty Certification: Initially certified 11/04/2010 – 12/31/2023

Languages other than English:

Portuguese and some Spanish

In Practice Since:



Nevada State Medical Association : 1991 Clinical Study Group for DePuy Total Shoulder Arthroplasty System : 1991 Clark County Medical Society : 1991


  • Thomas SC; Schilling CW

Carbon Dioxide Effect on Mammalian Tissue – An Annotated Bibliography with Special Subject Analysis UMS Publication Number 43 (CO2) 12-1-80/B 1980

  • Krackow KA; Thomas SC; Jones LC

A new stitch or ligament-tendon fixation. Brief Note. J Bone Joint Surg [Am] 1986 Jun;68(5):764-6

  • Thomas SC; Jones LC; Hungerford DS

Hyaluronic acid and its effect on postoperative adhesions in the rabbit flexor tendon. A preliminary look. Clin Orthop 1986 May;(206):281-9

  • Thomas SC

Computer literature searching in orthopaedics. Surgical Rounds in Orthopaedics 1987 Oct.; Vol. 1; No.10:49-51

  • Krackow KA; Thomas SC; Jones LC

Ligament-Tendon Fixation: Analysis of a New Stitch and Comparison with Standard Techniques. Orthopaedics; June 1988 Vol. 11 No. 6:909-917

  • Thomas SC; North ER

Wrist Anatomy Inside-Out: An Arthroscopic Guide to the Capsular Ligaments The Journal of Hand Surgery; Vol. 13A, No. 6, pp.815-822

  • Thomas SC; Matsen FA

An Approach to the Repair of Avulsion of the Glenohumeral Ligaments in the Management of Traumatic Anterior Glenohumeral Instability J Bone Joint Surg [Am] 1989 Apr.;(71-A):506-512

  • Rockwood/Thomas/Matsen

Anterior Glenohumeral Instability A Chapter for “The Shoulder”. W.M. Saunders, Publisher; Chp. 14; pp.526-622

  • Matsen FA; Thomas SC

Glenohumeral Instability A Chapter for “The Surgery of the Musculoskeletal System” Dr. C.M. Evarts, 1987

  • Thomas SC; North ER

An Anatomic Guide for Arthroscopic Visualization of the Wrist Capsular Ligaments The Journal of Hand Surgery; pp.815-822; November 1988

  • Rockwood/Thomas/Matsen

A Chapter for Rockwood and Green’s Fractures in Adults Third Edition, Chp. 13; pp.1021-1180 J.B. Lippincott, Publisher, 1991

  • Thomas SC

Who’s Who in Medicine and HealthCare 1997-1998, First Edition