Welcome Deepu Thomas, MD!

This August, MMC is thrilled to welcome Deepu Thomas, MD to the practice and to North Carolina. Dr. Thomas is moving from Massachusetts to lead a fourth physician team, drawn by the opportunity to spend more time with patients and caregivers. The addition of a fourth team will increase our capacity to accept new patients and shorten the waiting period for a first appointment. Dr. Thomas will begin seeing patients this fall - but first, we sat down to get to know him:

You’re moving across the country to join MMC! Tell us about yourself.
I’ve moved a lot! My wife and I were born in India, and we’ve known one another since we were children. We moved to Massachusetts 17 years ago for my medical residency and our children – ages 5 and 11 - were born in the United States. My wife has family in Charlotte, and we’re all eager to live closer to them.

Why did you become a doctor, and why geriatrics?
My father was a surgeon and my mother a gynecologist so I guess becoming a doctor was in my blood! I grew up seeing the way they both cared for their patients, and how appreciative so many people in our community were for their care.

I went into primary care because I wanted to develop longer relationships with patients. Many of my patients have been older, and completing a geriatrics fellowship was an easy decision. This specialty has been the highlight of my career.

What excites you most about joining the practice? 
So many things! I look forward to spending even more time with patients and caregivers and working with a multidisciplinary team to do it. I don’t have that now, but I can see the difference it makes to intentionally care for the caregivers. Also, there will soon be more treatment options and comprehensive care will be accessible to more people. I’m thrilled to be a part of this growth.

What do you like to do for fun?
That depends on the season – and the seasons are better in Charlotte! I work out indoors and outdoors, play games with my kids, listen to podcasts and I actually like mowing the lawn – it relaxes me. I look forward to learning to play pickleball in Charlotte.

Is there anything else you’d like MMC’s patients and families to know?
I’m excited to be a part of your lives. My grandmother had dementia, although it wasn’t well understood and was undiagnosed at the time. My father died very young and I stayed in India for medical school so my mother wouldn’t be alone. I see the importance of the caregiver’s role. It’s an adjustment for everyone – patient and caregiver – and it’s my privilege to walk beside you.

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