- MD, West Virginia University
About Aaron Thomas
Hometown: Culpeper, Virginia
Undergraduate institution: West Virginia University
Medical school: West Virginia University
Why did you choose WVU?
Simple answer: The people. From the residency program all the way to the patients, the people of this state mean a great deal to me. The program made me feel supported and welcome at every step of my journey over the years. On top of that, this patient population is one that is full of culture and passion, many of whom have poor access to care. It drives me to be a better person and a better physician.
I grew up in northern Virginia and am the oldest of three siblings. I was originally drawn to WVU in order to study Forensic Science as an undergraduate. I learned over that time that I needed something different in my life and was drawn to medicine for its challenges and deep rewards. After completing a Post-Baccalaureate at Drexel University, I returned to WVU for medical school, ultimately accepting a scholarship from the United States Air Force. After graduation I completed a Transitional Year internship at WVU before moving on to serve as an active duty Flight Surgeon with the Air Force Special Operations Command. After 4 years on active duty with 3 overseas tours, I was privileged enough to return to this great state to complete Emergency Medicine Residency training and continue to serve the people of West Virginia. My hobbies include triathlon, backpacking, camping, and the Mountaineers.