Dr. Thomas aims for the highest quality voice care possible. Each patient deserves the best treatment and each patient is a learning experience for the physician. Since 1999, Dr. Thomas has limited his medical and surgical practice to voice care. He maintains a highly ranked, informational web site on voice disorders – voicedoctor.net, teaches preceptorships for medical students in their first year at Oregon Health Sciences University, offers an international fellowship in laryngology as well as short observerships to physicians, speech therapists, voice teachers and interested students. He has commenced production of Laryngology 101, a series of information videos on YouTube. He published “Why is there a frog in my throat? a guide to hoarseness”. He frequently lectures internationally on laryngology and phonosurgery. He remains surprised at how much there is still to learn about the larynx.
James spent his early life in Michigan, the son of an anesthesiologist. He recalls seeing the inside of the operating room, everyone dressed in green, at an early age. His family moved to Pennsylvania both to enjoy and appreciate the aspects of hard work and reward that comes from maintaining farm buildings, planting crops and raising cattle. After 8 years, B.S and M.D. degree in hand from Pennsylvania State University, he studied otolaryngology at Southern Illinois University. He continued his migration westward to Portland, Oregon, opening an otorhinolaryngology practice for a brief time before further specializing. Traveling in Europe and the US, visiting established laryngologists, he designed his own fellowship in laryngology before embarking on his present career of teaching and practicing laryngology.
Dr. Thomas has taught at the university level and continues to offer preceptorships to medical students from Oregon Health Sciences University. Speech therapists, voice teachers and post graduate fellows from around the world study the subspecialty of laryngology with him. He frequently travels around the globe in order to teach surgical and diagnostic skills to established otolaryngologists.
Associations include: American Medical Association, American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery, Oregon Medical Association, Oregon Academy of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery, Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland, Pacific Voice and Speech Foundation, and the British Voice Association.
Dr. Thomas specializes in the highest quality voice care possible. Please visit his website.