SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Voted NJ’s Favorite Kids Doc by New Jersey Family magazine, pediatrician, Dr. Antonio Thomas has always loved science, medicine and kids.
His private practice located at 1907 Park Ave., Suite 103 in South Plainfield reflects his dedication to providing medical care for his patients, from birth to college age.
“I want to maintain consistency of care for the children so parents feel comfortable,” said Dr. Thomas, noting how many parents feel he spends a lot of time with them addressing their children’s health concerns.
And while he is examining a patient he likes to ask about their families and what is going on in their lives. “I try to give that personal touch to find out what’s going on with them,” he said.
Originally, Dr. Thomas wanted to become an OG/GYN, but changed his mind when he was still doing his residency after medical school. He told the story of what drew him to pursue pediatrics instead.
“I remember doing my OB rotation at Jersey City Medical Center and during one of the deliveries I was very interested in seeing the baby come out and how I needed to attend to its needs medically,” he said. He was helping to resuscitate the baby even though he wasn’t on that rotation.
“I kind of drifted over to that section after the delivery, to the point that one of my attending (doctors) said ‘what are you doing, you’re not doing PEDs (pediatrics), you’re doing OB, remember?’ he recalled.
“I remember that at the time I said, ‘I think I really want to do pediatrics,’” he added. “That’s what really sparked my interest in pediatrics.”
Dr. Thomas graduated with his medical degree from UMDNJ in 1994 and finished his residency in 1997. He initially took positions treating children at a health clinic in Newark and as a pediatric emergency room physician at Hackensack University Medical Center.
He eventually began working with a pediatrician in the Plainfield area before deciding to open his own private practice in 2002, serving patients from Piscataway, South Plainfield and other areas.
“I’ve been in practice here in South Plainfield for 15 years and I’m seeing some of the products of all my labor from the other practice and now this one,” said Dr. Thomas, noting how many of his early patients are now in college or just finishing.
“It’s a real reward to see them grow while taking care of their medical needs,” he said. “It’s great how they have confidence in you as a doctor. They see you when they were a baby and now they are 21-year-old adults. It is encouraging.”
Dr. Thomas has received numerous patient care awards including “Favorite Kids Doc” and “NJ Top Docs” because of the relationships he has developed with his patients.
“This is going to be the 6th consecutive year that I’ll be one of the kids’ favorite docs,” he said. “I was chosen because children and their parents wrote testimonials in the New Jersey Family magazine about why they like me. The parents have said specifically that they can talk to me and that the kids love coming here, even when they are getting shots.”
In addition to his private practice, Dr. Thomas also remains an ER physician at Hackensack where for the last 10 years he has helped improve the hospital’s policies and address patient care concerns as the Associate Director of the Pediatric Emergency Department.
“A big part of what we do is patient satisfaction,” he said. “I’m on the committee for that and different committees throughout the hospital such as the asthma committee, and committees for diabetes and for disaster preparedness. That’s a big push for that now because of everything that’s going on in the world.”
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