John T. Thomas is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Physicians Realty Trust (NYSE:DOC) and has served on the board of trustees since August 2013.
Prior to joining DOC, Thomas was the Executive Vice President-Medical Facilities Group for Welltower Inc. (NYSE:HCN) from January 2009 to July 2012 where his group was responsible for growing total net investments for HCN’s medical facilities division, including hospitals, medical office buildings and life science research facilities from $2.3 billion in assets to approximately $5 billion.
Thomas served as President, Chief Development Officer and Business Counsel of Cirrus Health from August 2005 to December 2008, where he led efforts to acquire and manage four hospitals and an endoscopy center, as well as efforts to develop other facilities. From October 2000 to July 2009, he served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Baylor Health Care System in Dallas, Texas. He was also co-founder and chairman of a national coalition to reform medical malpractice laws through federal legislation, through the Coalition for Affordable and Reliable Healthcare (CARH). From April 1997 to October 2000, he served as General Counsel and Secretary for Unity Health System, a five hospital division of the Sisters of Mercy Health System in St. Louis, MO where he oversaw legal affairs for the healthcare delivery system and its operating subsidiaries. Thomas began his career as a tax lawyer at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCoy in New York, NY in 1990 and was elected a partner at Sonnenschein, Nath and Rosenthal (now SNR Denton) in April 1997.
Thomas received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School and his B.S. in Economics from Jacksonville State University, where he was a scholarship letterman on the football team and a member of the Academic All-Conference Team. Thomas graduated with Distinction and Special Honors in Economics.