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Stephen L. Thorp MD
Specialties: Pain Medicine
Board Certified: Anesthesiology
Medical School/Degree: Doctor of Medicine - SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, Brooklyn, NY
Hospital Affiliations: Orange Regional Medical Center & Saint Anthony Community Hospital
Prior Experience: Anesthesiologist - Veterans Affairs Connecticut Healthcare System - West Haven Campus, CT
Residency: Anesthesiology - Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT
Internship: Internal Medicine - SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
Fellowship: Pain Medicine - New York Presbyterian Hospital/Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center/Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY
Undergraduate: B.S. Neural Science - New York University, New York, NY
Graduate: M.S. Physiology - Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Interventional Pain Management
Year Joined: 2016
What made you want to become a health care provider or what is your earliest memory of wanting to be one?
During grade school I was always involved in sports and whatever activity was going on in the neighborhood. Like most kids, I had my share of minor injuries, and had a number of great experiences with my doctors. I always wanted to work with people and help people in need, and with an interest in medicine wanting to become a physician was natural to me. After spending time in college volunteering at local hospitals, I knew that I wanted to become a physician.
What do you love most about your specialty? / Why did you choose your specialty?
Pain is a physical and emotional experience that impacts every aspect of a person's life. To be able to help people manage their pain through an individualized and unique approach is one of the most gratifying experiences one can have. My desire is always to help an individual reach their goals, whatever they may be.
How do you connect with your patients?
We are all far more similar then we are dissimilar. We have all experienced pain in our lives, and yet, each one of our experiences is unique. Listening to a patient to learn their experience and getting to know them as a person is the most important and first step. It is an honor to have an individual trust their health care to me, and I am always cognizant of that in every one of my interactions with a patient. I learn from all of my patients, they are all my teachers as well, and I am always grateful for that.
What are your interests outside of the office (hobbies, activities)?
Outside of the office I enjoy any challenge I can find! I am an avid triathlete, rock climber, and overall fun-seeker! I most enjoy spending time with family and friends, no matter the occasion.
What is your advice for your patients?
Your outlook is everything! Being positive and optimistic is always the best medicine for the body and mind. We will work together to first identify your goals, and then help you achieve them.