Dr. Paul Thomas is a board-certified family medicine physician practicing in Southwest Detroit. His practice, Plum Health DPC, is a Direct Primary Care service that is the first of its kind in Detroit and Wayne County. His mission is to deliver affordable, accessible health care services in Detroit and beyond. Additionally, he’s been a speaker at TEDxDetroit and currently serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor at his alma mater, Wayne State University School of Medicine.
In his own words:
1. What’s your most important career accomplishment to-date?
Providing affordable, accessible health care services for people in my community and region.
2. How have you redefined leadership through your professional success?
For me, leadership means taking on challenging tasks that when completed successfully, make the world a better place. This is one reason why I started my Direct Primary Care practice in Southwest Detroit.
3. Why is civic engagement (volunteerism) important to you?
Volunteerism is so important to me because it reconnects me with my 'why'. Sometimes, when falling into our routines of daily work, we can forget why we started in the first place. When I volunteer at places like the Student Run Free Clinic or the Cass Clinic, I am immediately reminded of why I do what I do.
4. How have you disrupted the idea of traditional leadership? How do you express leadership?
Traditional leadership is typically a top-down approach to getting things done. In my practice, I work with my patients and medical students to create a service that meets and exceeds the needs of those who use our facility. The services in our practice are dictated by the people who need and use them.
5. What is a blue sky goal that you would like to accomplish in your career?
To create a health care system that is compassionate, and that provides health care for individuals while also having an insurance system that is true insurance, i.e., one that includes coverage for unforeseen or catastrophic events.
6. Why did you choose to pursue your passion/profession in Metro-Detroit? How do you intend to impact the region through your work?
I started my practice here because I am from here. I've received many opportunities from Detroit and the surrounding communities. It's part of my ethos to give back to the best of my abilities. The way that I accomplish this is through my medical services at Plum Health.
7. What do you love most about owning your own business?
I love the agility of being able to meet people's needs when and how they need them met. In a corporate setting, it can take months or years to launch a new product or service successfully. As an owner of a business, I can quickly meet the needs of my patients and the greater community.
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