Physician Honored for Contributions as Compassionate Physician and Outstanding Mentor

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Ronald L. Thomas, MD,
Ronald L. Thomas, MD,

The Allegheny County Medical Society Foundation (ACMSF) will present Ronald L. Thomas, MD, with the 2014 Ralph C. Wilde Leadership Award during its annual community awards and fundraising gala, Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Heinz Field – East Club Lounge.

The Ralph C. Wilde Leadership Award recognizes a physician who demonstrates exceptional skill in their clinical care of patients and dedication to the ideals of the medical profession as a teacher or profession leader.

Dr. Thomas, who specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as Maternal and Fetal medicine, began his career as a high school teacher of physics and mathematics at McDowell High School near Erie. He became interested in medicine through tutoring hospitalized students. In 1981, he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  Dr. Thomas completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Naval Hospital, Bethesda, and was sponsored by the U.S. Navy for fellowship training at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Dr. Thomas served 14 years in the U.S. Navy. 

Since 1991 Dr. Thomas has been affiliated with Allegheny General Hospital and West Penn Hospital. He is currently the Director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine in the Allegheny Health Network. He is also Director of Ob/Gyn Ultrasound at the tertiary obstetric site at West Penn Hospital.

Dr. Thomas has special expertise in the use of prenatal ultrasound for both diagnostic and management purposes and is dedicated to the health of mothers and babies, and to helping women faced with high-risk pregnancies to achieve optimal outcomes.

Dr. Thomas is an Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Drexel University College of Medicine.  He serves as Clinical Vice-Chairman of the Department of Ob/Gyn at West Penn Hospital.  Throughout his entire medical career, Dr. Thomas has been involved in the training of medical students and residents.  He has received various teaching awards throughout his career including those from The Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

“Dr. Thomas never fails to go out of his way to care for his patients,” says Christine Gallis, MD, who nominated Dr. Thomas for this recognition. “He is generous with his time and goes above and beyond to share his vast fund of knowledge and experience with the entire health care team including medical students, nurses, residents and attendings. He is kind and compassionate and an outstanding physician.”

Dr. Thomas and his wife Cindy reside in Shadyside. They have two children and three grandchildren.

The Allegheny County Medical Society represents physician members from all specialties and is dedicated to providing leadership and advocacy for patients and physicians. The organization has been serving Allegheny County since 1865.