Clinical Professors

Phillip R. Thomas, DO

Clinical Assistant Professor
Clemson University School of Health Research

Core Faculty
Seneca Family Residency Program


  Who is Dr. Thomas?

Dr. Thomas was born in Parkersburg, WV, and did his undergraduate education at West Virginia Wesleyan College. He earned his medical degree at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Spartanburg, SC in 2016. He completed his residency at AnMed Health Medical Center where he was awarded the STFM Resident Teacher Award. His special medical clinical interests include addiction medicine, point-of-care ultrasound, and osteopathic manipulative treatment. He is also an assistant professor at the UofSc School of Medicine Greenville. He serves on the rural communities’ opioid response team and quality improvement committee. His current research interests include working with the Clemson University Department of Management to assess access and ED usage in a rural setting.

Additionally, he was recently awarded, through Clemson University, an HRSA grant fora project titled “Magdalene Clinic Expansion Project–A rural adaptation of a data-informed suburban care model for pregnant women with substance use disorder in the American South ” which will help increase access to high-risk obstetric care for women with substance use disorders in rural Oconee County, SC.

For more information, see his Curriculum Vitae.

How Dr. Thomas’ research is transforming health care

Dr. Thomas’ current work seeks to expand an existing prenatal clinic (Magdalene Clinic) for women with substance use disorder through an HRSA grant awarded through Clemson University is transforming healthcare by expanding available care options to high-risk obstetric patients in rural settings. This grant is giving Dr. Thomas and his team the ability to offer telehealth maternal-fetal medicine consults and social work as well as a peer support specialist (which the county does not currently have). Additionally, working with the Clemson University Department of Management will allow the team to assess their emergency room utilization before and following the establishment of a new primary care center in town, which will expand their knowledge on how to decrease ED utilization for other rural settings.


Key Health Research Interest Areas

Healthcare Utilization, Substance Use Disorder, Rural Healthcare, Obstetrics, Point of Care Ultrasound, Medical Student and Resident Education