Meet Andrew Thomas, MD, MBA, FACP, Chief Medical Officer at Ohio State

My name’s Andrew Thomas. I’m a general internal medicine physician
here at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. My clinical work is mainly through our executive
health program and I also serve as chief medical officer for the medical center. I wanted to get into medicine pretty much
from the time I was about seven or eight years old. And frankly, I spent a lot of time with my
grandparents in hospitals when I was younger and I realized as these teams of people were
coming in in white coats how much my grandparents just revered them. I still remember the way my grandpa used to
talk about his family doctor, in a way that when you’re seven or eight years old and I
looked up to my grandpa and my grandma a lot, and just saying anyone who my grandparents
respect that much that must be a really great thing to do. And I loved science, I love people and it
was just a great combination of both things. One of the best things I like about working
at Ohio State are the people. I’ve been here now for twenty-four years and
I feel like I’ve spent probably the best years of my adult life working at Ohio State. It’s been terrific to know people as as an
intern or even a medical student and now later on to still be working with them or see them
in the hallway. And no matter whether it’s at the unit level,
or the hospital level or at the whole institutional level, it’s not the bricks and mortar of a
place like Ohio State that make it special, it’s the people that work in them. So whether it’s close friendships I have or
even just acquaintances; I might see someone two or three times a year but I’ve seen them
two or three times a year for twenty years and we really had built a rapport and I can
call on people for favors. And the good thing is the people here are
always looking to do what’s best for the patient, so as long as you keep that in mind you’re
always going to do well. I always tell young physicians who are looking
to get into an administrative part of their career that if you stop seeing patients you
pretty much become a guy in a suit writing memos. If I only saw patients I probably wouldn’t
be satisfied but if I didn’t see patients I would see no reason to be to be here.

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