Dr. John Thomas, MD

Dr. John Thomas, MD

NeurosurgeryMaleAge 45

Neurosurgery

Dr. John Thomas, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Wilmington, NC and has over 19 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Thomas has extensive experience in Spine Disorders & Surgical Procedures. He graduated from GEORGETOWN UNIV SCH OF MED in 2004. He is affiliated with medical facilities Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center and Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center. His office accepts new patients.

Locations

Atlantic Neurosurgical and Spine Specialists

Atlantic Neurosurgical and Spine Specialists2208 S 17th St Fl 2 Wilmington, NC 28401
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Dr. Thomas' Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Thomas

4.6

Based on 65 ratings

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Excellent communication and diagnosis. His work is spot on and i was very happy with my operation. Explained what he was going ot do and what to expect. If i ever need a spinal surgeon he is the one.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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DANIEL F THOMPSON JR – Feb 09, 2021
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Regarding Dr. Alex Thomas: The staff of Atlantic Neurosurgical, from Dr. Thomas' PA Jack Bagley to all of the support staff, made my experience as pleasant and effective as could be. The nerve pain from an L3-4 cyst had been excruciating. With proper imaging, the diagnosis and day surgery to remedy it was performed quickly. The result: Pain gone almost instantly. Having recently moved here from the medical epicenter of Boston, MA, I will confidently say that the Wilmington area is quite lucky to have such a skilled and personable surgical specialist in Dr. Thomas.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
5 people found this helpful
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Jim Quaglia – Aug 21, 2020
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Dr. Thomas did major aggressive surgery on my back. It was a long recovery but is absolutely perfect. I would recommend him highly.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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Margaret Riano – Jul 20, 2020
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It's been exactly a year since my surgery. I wanted to wait till I was fully recover before doing a review. Let me say, I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Thomas and his entire staff. They were amazing through the whole process. From start to finish everyone was great. They all were very helpful, never rushed, and I always felt at ease. Any time I had a question they were there and spent as much time as I needed. Dr. Thomas & Jack Bagley spent a lot of time explaining the problem, the solution, and what to expect at every step along the way. This was a huge help post-op and through recovery. They were very honest with me and looking back, they were spot on. Long story short, 1 year later, I am so glad that I found them, and had the procedure. I have about 90% less pain, and can do pretty much anything I want to without worrying. Again, I can not say enough good things about Dr. Thomas, Jack, Crimson, the entire team, including Dr. medley, and all of the OR staff at NHRMC.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Mike – Apr 26, 2020
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Not only did I get wonderful recommendations for him, I found him to be compassionate and kind. He listened and took time to answer all concerns.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Jane McDermott – Mar 07, 2020
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My hero! Prior to my triple lumbar fusion I could only tolerate short distance walking before low back pain occurred and need to sit down. Post op 3 months my activity tolerance dramatically improved with minimal discomfort. Able to start PT including pool walking 1 hr daily. At 6 months I was able to go on a 17 day Italy trip walk over 50 miles hills stairs with no discomfort! This is why DrThomas is my hero I have my life back.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
5 people found this helpful
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Sep 23, 2019
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He took care of me very quickly, knowing the severity of my problem. He was very confident that he could take care of it and it put me at ease. Couldn't ask for a better doctor!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Michael Cioffi – Aug 01, 2019
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I struggled with severe pain in my buttocks, shot down my leg and caused my feet to go numb for many years. The last 2 years I was very sedentary due to the pain I experienced when walking or standing. I was referred to Dr. Thomas who recommended a double fusion. I had this surgery this past June, and was walking 3 miles/day 9 days after surgery! Dr. Thomas, Jack Bagley (PA), and Crimson (surgical scheduler) are a great team and were with me through every step of this process. THANK YOU!!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
9 people found this helpful
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Rhonda Turner in Wilmington, NC – Oct 15, 2018
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I never got to see Dr. Thomas after waiting 5 weeks to see him after making appt. 45 mins. after I arrived I was told he was not in the office. A phone call may have been prudent by the office staff. Met with a hostile MA who basically said it my ball my game my rules. The PA Was my only option or I could reschedule and the next appt was in mid October. SHE LIED. A very very poor experience for sure.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
7 people found this helpful
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Thomas Minichello in Leland, NC – Jul 12, 2018
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I had a fusion, and a discectomy. Both were done orthoscopic. Dr. Thomas does not rush you into surgery. Lets you know if your a candidate, thoroughly explains your particular situation and possible options. I was in pain management until it no longer work and then went to surgery. He explains well and thoroughly, his office and staff are very responsive, and I always felt important and well-cared-for. Highly recommend him
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
8 people found this helpful
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Maria Wheeler in bolivia, NC – Jun 13, 2018
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I had a cyst pressing on nerves in my lower back. After surgery I walked out of the hospital pain free.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
6 people found this helpful
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Ocean Isle Beach – Feb 02, 2018
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Have seen Dr Thomas for over a year for a herniated disk. Last year pain management helped-not this year. Just had Microdiskectomy surgery And everyone will ask "did it work?" It is more painful is that I expected and it may not work. But I believe he's a good doctor. I had cold feet 10 min before surgery and Dr Thomas gave me the option to cancel. I'm recovering and better on day 5. I'm recommending Dr Thomas based not on unknown results but on his outstanding knowledge and demeaner
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
12 people found this helpful
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Dennis S in Sunset Beach, NC – Sep 04, 2017
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He returned to me a quality of life I had not experienced in 12 very long years. Dr. Thomas is a true physician and wonderful human being.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
6 people found this helpful
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Russell S. Strader in Emerald Isle. N. C. – Jul 30, 2017
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My experience with Dr. Thomas was excellent! He went over and above to help me get my surgery scheduled when my insurance company was not cooperating. I checked him out before surgery, as I am in the medical field myself, and heard only extremely positive remarks. I was walking 3 miles 13 days post-op,when, before surgery, I could go about 2 blocks before having to sit due to pain. I had the lateral approach fusion L4-5, and I honestly could not have asked for a better result!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
9 people found this helpful
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Carrie in Southport, NC – Jul 10, 2017
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Dr. Thomas has given me a new lease on life. I had previously undergone three failed spine surgeries leaving me in constant pain and discomfort. Qualified, Caring and Compassionate describe his manner with honest and straightforward answers to my obvious concerns. I highly recommend Dr. Thomas and his staff. To his credit, I can honestly say that I have been pain and discomfort free since his corrective surgery and the healing process has been so much better.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
10 people found this helpful
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RMcKenna in North Myrtle Beach, SC – Dec 15, 2016
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Dr. Thomas and his entire clinical team are exceptional in their diagnosis and treatment.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
7 people found this helpful
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Colleen Richling in Ocean Isle Beach, NC – Oct 28, 2016
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Was very personable, listened to my concerns and was prompt to advise treatment. Entire staff from Medical assistant, physician assistant to scheduler was proficient and professional. Dr. Thomas was excellent in explaining the process and I had a good outcome. His blog is informative and easy to read and to understand.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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Donald Variot in Wilmington, NC – Oct 25, 2016
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Dr Thomas is a very good doctor who I feel has great concern for his patients. He always made me feel that he was determined to make me feel better and he did. I feel better than I have felt in 3 years. No more pain thank God. Thank you Dr. Thomas for a job well done!!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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Dr Alex Thomas in Wilmington, NC – Sep 09, 2016
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Dr. Thomas didn't seem to think my large brain tumor was worth operating on. Luckily, I am being referred to Duke.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
4 people found this helpful
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Unhappy in Jacksonville, NC – Aug 03, 2016
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You can't even get in to see the doctor because of the front staff!!! Horrible experience for someone who has back pain, they say they need a referral even if your insurance doesn't require one and you have been to another specialist in the north east. You can't even make an appointment which is ridiculous and very unprofessional and uncaring. We only wish we could have seen the doctor. They need to change their policies and staff.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
4 people found this helpful
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Richard in Wilmington, NC – Jul 13, 2016
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No malpractice claims found for North Carolina
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Frequently Treated by Dr. Thomas

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Thomas treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Thomas treats other conditions, please contact the office at (910) 763-3333.

Spine Disorders & Surgical Procedures

Spine specialists diagnose and treat conditions affecting the bones of the spine, including degenerative spine disease, herniated discs, stenosis, and fractured vertebrae, with treatments including medication, physical therapy, and surgery.Compare with other Spine Disorders & Surgical Procedures specialists.

Dr. Thomas is experienced in the area of Spine Disorders & Surgical Procedures. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

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Myelopathy
Osteoarthritis of Spine
Spondylolisthesis
Cervical Spine Myelopathy
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Dr. Thomas' conditions and procedures:

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Acrocephalosyndactyly
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Brain
  • Astrocytoma
  • Back Pain
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Tumor
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari Malformation Type 1
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Medulloblastoma
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Pain
  • Neurosurgical Procedures
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Posterior Lumbar Fusion With Robotic Assistance
  • Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Schwannoma
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Vertebral Column Tumors

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GEHA
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About Me

Care Philosophy

I am a neurosurgeon who specializes in advanced minimally-invasive techniques in cranial and spinal surgery. Patients who undergo minimally-invasive spinal...Read more

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery
  • Minimally Invasive Neurological Spine Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

2010
Georgetown University
Residency Hospital
2005
Georgetown University
Internship Hospital
2004
GEORGETOWN UNIV SCH OF MED
Medical School

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best way to schedule an appointment with Dr. John Thomas, MD?

Click here to schedule an appointment online. New patients may call (910) 507-1653 to make an appointment.

Does Dr. John Thomas, MD accept any insurance plans?

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Does Dr. John Thomas, MD accept new patients?

New patients are generally accepted by Dr. John Thomas, MD on Healthgrades. To arrange an appointment, call the number on Dr. Thomas's profile.

What are Dr. John Thomas, MD's top areas of expertise?

Dr. Thomas specializes in Spine Disorders & Surgical Procedures. See more on Healthgrades.

What conditions does Dr. John Thomas, MD treat?

Dr. Thomas frequently treats the following conditions: Myelopathy, Osteoarthritis of Spine, and Spondylolisthesis. See more on Healthgrades.

What is Dr. John Thomas, MD's office address?

Dr. Thomas' office is located at 2208 S 17th St Fl 2, Wilmington, NC 28401. You can find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages is Dr. John Thomas, MD fluent in?

Dr. Thomas is able to speak Spanish and English. View profile to see all.

Is Dr. John Thomas, MD affiliated with any hospitals?

Dr. John Thomas, MD is affiliated with Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center and Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Is Dr. John Thomas, MD a board-certified professional?

Yes, Dr. John Thomas, MD holds board certifications in Neurosurgery.

How much experience does Dr. John Thomas, MD have?

Dr. Thomas has over 18 years of healthcare experience.

Does Dr. John Thomas, MD receive good ratings from patients?

There is a star rating of 4.6/5 for Dr. John Thomas, MD. Patients say that they trusted the provider's decisions and the provider explained conditions well. See all patient feedback on Healthgrades.

Affiliated Hospitals

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Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center

Bolivia, NC

75% Patients that would definitely recommend, 5% higher than the national average

Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center

Wilmington, NC

74% Patients that would definitely recommend, 4% higher than the national average

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