Dr. Thomas has long held a passion for working with young persons, especially those who have ADHD and other related health challenges. After several years at the University of Alabama where he held a dual appointments in the Student Health Center (SHC) and in the University Medical Center (UMC) Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Thomas has now returned to private practice. In joining the Focus-MD network, he seeks to expand his ability to provide the highest quality care for ADHD to a broader array of patients including children from as young as 5 years of age to young adult up to 40 years of age.
During his time at the University, Dr. Thomas ran the ADHD Clinic within the SHC and was the attending physician of the Adolescent Medicine Clinic at UMC. He also maintained teaching responsibilities with medical students and residents from the University Of Alabama School Of Medicine. Prior to joining the university faculty, he had several years of previous experience in private practice of adolescent and young adult medicine.
Dr. Thomas is a Fellow of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. Within this organization, he has served as co-chairman of the ADHD Special Interest Group and the ADHD Clinical Services Subcommittee. He has been actively involved in the American College Health Association and CHADD, the international support group and professional organization for children and young adults with ADHD. He frequently speaks to professional audiences at national and regional meetings and to educators and lay persons at the local level to increase awareness of ADHD and ways to assist young persons with related problems. He has chaired the organizing committee for the Southeast Regional ADHD Conference hosted by the UA College of Continuing Studies. In addition to his clinical and educational pursuits, he has also been involved in research concerning ADHD in a college setting and diversion of stimulant medication.
A native of Geneva, Alabama and a graduate of Samford University, he is active within the community and has enjoyed serving on the boards of non-profit agencies addressing the health and wellbeing of young persons including the Edge Foundation which promotes ADHD coaching for young persons. He enjoys spending time with his children in activities that include tennis and water skiing. Dr. Thomas traces his passion and calling to work with young persons to his days as a summer youth worker in Hawaii (of all places!). He continues to be active within his church and enjoys involvement in short-term mission projects whenever the schedule allows.
When faced with long stretches at home, many rejoiced with all the projects they would be able to get done. Those loose photos can finally be organized into albums! Time to clean out all the closets! Homeschooling the kids? No…Read More
by James C. Wiley, MD, FAAP @adddoc ADHD brains get corrected, blamed, and shamed so often that they find ways to push back. One favorite strategy is blaming everything and everyone else. You’ve heard it…”The dog ate my homework.” During…Read More
It’s that time of year again, the most dreaded part of the semester for most college students, midterms. If you have ADHD, midterms can be even more stressful because lets face it, procrastination always finds its way into your study…Read More