Dr. Brad Thomas is a championship paddleboarder and world-renowned orthopedic surgeon who has enjoyed a lifelong obsession with sports—especially surfing, his passion since he was a young boy growing up in Southern California. He attended the University of California, San Diego, where he played water polo and was an NCAA All-American in swimming.
He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Southern California and went on to complete a fellowship in Orthopedic Sports Medicine. In 2008 Dr. Thomas cofounded Beach Cities Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, a practice in the South Bay region of California. Today he is a certified Sports Medicine Specialist who specializes in the treatment of knee, shoulder and elbow problems related to sports injuries, overuse and arthritic conditions, using minimally invasive surgical techniques. He is one of a select few orthopedic surgeons performing cartilage replacement.
The doctor/athlete continues to live life to the fullest and enjoy his time off work as a “weekend warrior.” In 2011 he won the Catalina Classic—a grueling, 32-mile paddleboard race. He placed second in the race in 2013. He donates time to local high school and college athletic teams, assisting with injuries that occur during games and offering free medical care for student athletes who can’t afford it otherwise.
Dr. Thomas is Chief of Sports Medicine for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Harbor/UCLA Medical Center and an Associate Professor at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. He teaches other surgeons knee and shoulder procedures for the Arthroscopy Association of North America.
He and his wife, Jill, have three young kids and reside happily close to the water in Redondo Beach.