derek "duke" thomas, md
Dr. Thomas returns to his roots, having grown up in Moon Township. He was Valedictorian of his high school class and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He obtained his medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia in 1999.
Moving further South, Dr. Thomas served his Internship and Residency in General and Orthopaedic Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina in 2004. While there he received the John Arthur Seigling Award for the Highest Orthopaedic In-training Exam Score.
Dr. Thomas accepted a fellowship in Spine Surgery at the Combined St. Mary’s Medical Center / Stanford University, Palo Alto, California. The fellowship was completed in July 2005.
General Orthopedics and the treatment of a broad range of spinal disorders is the focus of Dr. Thomas’ practice. Notably, he has participated in the FDA trials for new disc replacement products, including, Prodisc, Flexicore, and Charite.
Dr. Thomas was actively involved in the FDA trial and approval of X-Stop, which will significantly impact spinal stenosis patients who opt for minimally invasive out-patient surgery.
Dr. Thomas’ patients will also benefit from his training in and Kyphoplasty which are treatments for compression fractures in the elderly.
Dr. Thomas lives in Sewickley with his wife Annika and their three sons Ben, Dane, and Lars.
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Dr. Thomas's Hospitals
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA
Orthopaedic Surgery Residency
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
Spine Surgery Fellowship
St. Mary's Medical Center / Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA