Dr. Danielle Thomas, orthopedic surgeon and foot and ankle specialist, graduated Cum Laude from Dartmouth College and then attended Northwestern Medical School where she graduated at the top of her class. She returned to her native California for residency at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. During her training, she worked at the Cedars Sinai Level 1 trauma center honing her fracture management skills, as well as her sports medicine abilities with time spent at the renowned Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic. She completed her fellowship in Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery at one of the oldest and most acclaimed fellowships in the country at Baylor University Medical Center with Dr. Jim Brodsky.
On the academic front, Dr. Thomas is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS). Her research has been published in the top orthopedic journals, including the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and Foot and Ankle International, as well as the Operative Techniques: Foot and Ankle Edition textbook. She received a prestigious Orthopedic Research Education Foundation grant for her biomechanical research endeavors and was elected to be an AOFAS Resident Scholar.
Dr. Thomas is committed to serving her community. In medical school she served as the Volunteer Coordinator for Community Health Clinic, the largest free medical clinic in Chicago. In residency, she was elected Chief Resident as well as the Orthopedic Surgery Representative for the Graduate Medical Education Committee and the Housestaff Executive Committee. She is delighted to be working with students at the UCSB Health Clinic.
Dr. Thomas’ commitment to providing compassionate, patient-focused care stems from her own dedication to her family as well as to her personal understanding as an athlete of the importance of maintaining the highest level of function and activity. When not in the office, OR or research lab, she enjoys hiking, biking, yoga, sailing, and trying out new seasonal recipes from the farmers’ market.