R. Brian Thoma, M.D.
Dr. Brian Thoma is double board-certified in Pain Medicine and Anesthesiology. He grew up in Peachtree City, Georgia where he was inspired to become a physician by the compassionate care he received as a young, sports medicine patient. He went on to Georgia Tech for his undergraduate studies, graduating with highest honors in 2001. Four years later, he graduated from the Emory University School of Medicine where he served terms as class president and vice-president.
Feeling a strong desire to experience life outside of the Atlanta area, Dr. Thoma completed his anesthesiology residency at UAB where he cared for a multitude of patients suffering from both acute and chronic pain. He was awarded the annual J. Antonio Aldrete, M.D. Award for Excellence in Pain Medicine for his residency class as well as the Outstanding Graduating Resident Award in 2009. During this time, he grew to understand the difficulties that pain patients have not only in finding compassionate care but also maintaining their functionality. After residency, he went on to complete his pain fellowship at the University of Virginia under the excellent direction of the renowned pain faculty there.
Dr. Thoma’s passion is taking care of his patients. He believes that each patient deserves compassion and honesty from his/her physician. He attributes his success to the many mentors he has had during his training. At UAB, he learned the latest techniques in general and regional anesthesia, and published one of the first cases of successful resuscitation with intralipid following local anesthetic toxicity.
His commitment to the field of pain medicine led him to apply for and complete a pain fellowship. During his year at the University of Virginia, he was responsible for running an inpatient pain service as well as taking care of a multitude of patients at the UVA Pain Clinic. Dr. Thoma attributes his comfort with complex cases to his time in fellowship. Currently, he is one of the few pain physicians in Alabama who offer stellate ganglion blocks, celiac plexus blocks, lumbar sympathetic blocks, and brachial plexus blocks. His interests include managing post-surgical low back pain as well as complex regional pain syndrome and the use of spinal cord stimulation in the treatment of these conditions. He is frequently asked to review medical charts and is sought for his medical opinion on legal cases.
With more than eight years’ experience caring for patients in Alabama, Dr. Thoma founded Cahaba Pain and Spine Care in 2016 in order to provide a patient-centered experience for those suffering from chronic pain. He is currently accepting new patients and looks forward to helping you in any way that he can.