Dr. Joanna Thomas graduated from the University of Liverpool School of Medicine in 1984 and completed an internship in Medicine/Surgery at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital in 1985. She took her Vocational Training in General Practice from 1985-1989 at Liverpool University. Upon immigrating to the United States she subsequently completed her Family Medicine Residency at the AHEC-NW Family Medicine Program in 1992, serving as Chief Resident during her final year of residency training. In 1993 Dr. Thomas joined the faculty of the AHEC-NW Family Medicine Residency Program by becoming a Clinical Instructor in the UAMS Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. An Assistant Professor since 1994, Dr. Thomas was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in April 2000. Since 2008 she has served as Assistant Residency Director. Dr. Thomas also serves as the Director of Medical Student Programs for AHEC Northwest.
An active clinician, Dr. Thomas sees patients in the AHEC Northwest Family Medical Center in Fayetteville 4-5 half-days per week. The author of several papers in peer-reviewed medical journals, she has also written the chapter on "Norplant Insertion and Removal" for the first and second editions of Saunders Manual of Medical Practice edited by Dr. Robert E. Rakel. Dr. Thomas utilizes and teaches a broad repertoire of office-based procedures. Her hospital affiliations include Fayetteville City Hospital and Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, plus Northwest Medical Center in Springdale.
Born in Liverpool, England, Dr. Thomas is a naturalized citizen of the United States. Dr. Thomas and her husband Dave have two sons, Julian and Sebastian; she and her family live in Fayetteville.