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Achilleas Thoma, MD, MSc, FRCS(C), FACS
Clinical Professor, Division of Plastic Surgery
Office Address: 101-206 James Street South
Hamilton, ON L8P 3A9
Phone: (905) 523-0019
Fax: (905) 523-0229
Email:

athoma@mcmaster.ca



Areas of expertise

hand, Dupuytren's contracture, quality of life, systematic review, meta-analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis

Profile

Achilleas Thoma is Division Head of the Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, McMaster University. He is a Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery, an Associate Member of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Director of the Surgical Outcomes Research Center (SOURCE) McMaster University. He is the President of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons. Specific research interests include: cost-effectiveness (utility) analysis, evidence-based medicine, randomized controlled trials, systematic reviews, quality of life measurement/research, quality of life in Dupuytren's contracture patients, economic analysis of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Relevant Publications (from the last 5 years)

Thoma A, Haines T, Duku E, McKnight L, Goldsmith C. How to become a successful clinical investigator. Clin Plast Surg. 2008 Apr;35(2):305-11.

Thoma A, Strumas N, Rockwell G, McKnight L. The use of cost-effectiveness analysis in plastic surgery clinical research. Clin Plast Surg. 2008 Apr;35(2):285-96.

Thoma A, Sprague S, Temple C, Archibald S. The role of the randomized controlled trial in plastic surgery. Clin Plast Surg. 2008 Apr;35(2):275-84.

Ching S, Rockwell G, Thoma A, Antony MM. Clinical research in aesthetic surgery. Clin Plast Surg. 2008 Apr;35(2):269-73.

Haines T, McKnight L, Duku E, Perry L, Thoma A. The role of systematic reviews in clinical research and practice. Clin Plast Surg. 2008 Apr;35(2):207-14.

Sprague S, McKay P, Thoma A. Study design and hierarchy of evidence for surgical decision making. Clin Plast Surg. 2008 Apr;35(2):195-205.

Thoma A, McKnight L, McKay P, Haines T. Forming the research question. Clin Plast Surg. 2 008 Apr;35(2):189-93.

Mastracci TM, Thoma A, Farrokhyar F, Tandan VR, Cinà CS; Evidence-Based Surgery Working Group. Users' guide to the surgical literature: how to use a decision analysis. Can J Surg. 2007 Oct;50(5):403-9.

El-Sheikh Y, Thoma A, Wong I, Farrokhyar F. Diagnosis of finger flexor pulley injury in rock climbers: A systematic review. Can J Plast Surg. 2006;14(4):227-231.

Thoma A, Chew R, Sprague S, Veltri K. Application of the CONSORT statement to randomized controlled trials comparing endoscopic and open carpal tunnel release. Can J Plast Surg, 2006;14(4):205-210.

A Thoma, VH Wong, S Sprague, E Duku. A cost-utility analysis of open and endoscopic carpal tunnel release. Can J Plast Surg. 2006; 15:15 -20.

Ayeni O, Thoma A, Haines T, Sprague S. Analysis of the reporting of return to work in studies comparing open and endoscopic carpal tunnel release: A review of randomized controlled trials. Can J Plast Surg. 2005;13:117-179.

Thoma A, Clinics in Plastic Surgery. Chapter: Challenges in Creating a Good Randomized Controlled Trial in Hand Surgery. Clinics in Plastic Surgery. 2005;32:563-73.

Thoma A, Veltri K, Haines T, Duku E. A meta-analysis of RCTs comparing endoscopic and open CT decompression. Plast Reconstr Surg. 114: 1137, 2004.

Thoma A, Veltri K, Haines T, Duku E. A meta-analysis of RCTs comparing endoscopic and open CT decompression. Plast Reconstr Surg. 114: 1137, 2004.

Meathrel K, Thoma A. Abductor digiti minimi involvement in Dupuytren's contracture of the little finger. J Hand Surg. 29: 510, 2004.

Thoma A, Farrokhyar F, Bhandari M, Tandan V, for the Evidence-Based Surgery Working Group. Users guide to the surgical literature: How to assess a randomized controlled trial in surgery. Can J Surg. 47: 200, 2004.

Thoma A, Veltri K, Haines T, Duku E. A systematic review of reviews comparing endoscopic and open carpal tunnel decompression. Plast Reconstr Surg. 13: 1184, 2004.

Hew-Ming Wong S, Salama S, Thoma A . Synovial chondromatosis of the hand: 3 case reports and literature review. Can J Plast Surg. 11: 47, 2003.

Labs/Research Institutes

Microsurgery Laboratory, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton

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