Thomas J. Thornton

Thomas J. Thornton, M.D.

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  • General Surgery
  • Wound Treatment
  • General Surgery
  • Hyperbaric Medicine

Provider Type: Physician

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Thomas Thornton, M.D., is a general surgeon with advanced training in surgical treatment of conditions and diseases of the esophagus, stomach, colon, gallbladder, hernia repairs and treats disease involving the skin, breast and soft tissue.

Dr. Thornton is the only surgeon in the area to offer endoscopic pre-peritoneal inguinal hernia repairs, also known as TEP inguinal hernia repair. This involves going between the muscle layers in the lower abdomen to repair inguinal hernias, and is especially advantageous in bilateral or recurrent hernias. He also has an interest in thyroid and parathyroid surgery, and can treat patients with thyroid nodules or cancer without the need for them to leave the area for their surgical care.

“I’ve always been interested in activities involving a hands-on approach, and while in medical school, the ability to operate on a given problem with the intent of solving the patients’ problems drew me to the field of surgery,” said Dr. Thornton. “General surgery in particular appealed to me because of the diversity of the field, and the ability to operate on a wide variety of organ systems in patients of all ages.”

Philosophy of Care

“My philosophy of care revolves around personalizing surgical care to the patient I’m dealing with,” he said. “There are many surgical procedures for a condition and often several ways to complete it. By getting to know my patients, finding out their overall health, activity level and expectations moving forward, I can help my patients choose the best approach.”

Dr. Thornton looks at each patient interaction as an opportunity to get to know them, and put them at ease. He believes that you can be the best technical surgeon in the world, but if you cannot establish a good relationship with your patient, you cannot deliver the best care.

Special Interests and Procedures

In addition to the standard general surgery procedures and endoscopic pre-peritoneal inguinal hernia repairs, Dr. Thornton enjoys thyroid and parathyroid surgery, and can treat patients with thyroid nodules or cancer.

He lives in Alpena with his wife and children. In his free time, Dr. Thornton likes getting outside on the water when the Michigan weather permits, scuba diving to discover all the underwater opportunities of the Thunder Bay, as well as running, hunting, and playing hockey.


  • Male

Employed By

MyMichigan Medical Group

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Board Certified

  • General Surgery


  • English


Medical School

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, East Lansing, MI, DOCTOR OF MEDICINE


St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, MI, GENERAL SURGERY

Year Began Practicing

  • 2015

Clinical Interests & Special Procedures

  • Stomach Surgery
  • Endoscopic Pre-Peritoneal Inguinal Heria Repair (TEP)
  • Cancer
  • Thyroid Nodules
  • Skin Disease
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colon Surgery
  • Parathyroid Surgery
  • Laparoscopic & Open Hernia Repair
  • Breast Surgery
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Esophageal Surgery

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow - American College of Surgeons


"My goal is for patients to feel at ease when they talk to me. I believe my job is to listen, review all necessary tests, images, historical factors, and explain their diagnosis and provide the next steps."

Participating Insurances*

  • United Healthcare Commercial
  • Optum VA Choice
  • TriCare WPS - Prime
  • TriCare Humana
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Trust PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Traditional
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare Plus Blue (Medicare Advantage)
  • Blue Care Network Medicare Advantage HMO
  • PACE Central Michigan (Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly)
  • Medicaid
  • Molina - Medicaid
  • Priority Health Medicare Advantage PPO
  • Medicare
  • Blue Care Network
  • Priority Health HMO
  • Priority Health PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage HMO/PPO
  • ConnectCare - Northwood University
  • ConnectCare - MyMichigan Health
  • McLaren Health Plan - Commercial
  • McLaren Health Plan - Medicaid
  • HAP - Preferred
  • HAP - PPO
  • Humana Gold Choice (PFFS)
  • MultiPlan (PHCS)
  • HAP Medicare Advantage HMO
  • HAP Medicare Advantage PPO
  • Aetna Better Health - Medicaid
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage
  • Cigna
  • Humana Choice Care
  • Aetna
  • Priority Health Medicare Advantage HMO
  • Cofinity
  • Medicare Railroad
  • Meridian Health Plan - Medicaid

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  • General Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine

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