Dr. Thomas Perkins, DO

About Dr. Thomas Perkins, DO

Early Life and Athletic Background

Dr. Perkins is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes and is fellowship-trained in minimally invasive arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the knee and shoulder. His background and experience are unique and offers solutions and options that are unparalleled. His father is a member of the Michigan High School Athletic Association and Coaches Hall of Fame and is one of very few to be honored for 50 years of coaching experience. His father’s influence helped Dr. Perkins, and many of his siblings receive college scholarships for athletics in baseball and football. While at Oakland University, Dr. Perkins achieved All-State, All-Region, and 1st Team Academic All-American Honors and is one of the baseball team’s first recipients of Oakland University’s “Outstanding Alumnus” Award. Dr. Perkins now has six children of his own, all of whom are decorated club (gymnastic/competitive dance) and varsity-level athletes. This background offers a viewpoint few physicians can provide, that of a board-certified/fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon, elite-level athlete, coach, and parent. He uses this expertise and background to help his patients get back to an active lifestyle as quickly and safely as possible.

Education and Training

After receiving his degree from Oakland University, Dr. Perkins attended Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his internship and orthopedic residency through MSU at McLaren Regional Medical Center-Macomb. He then added an extra year of sub-specialty training at Michigan State University in advanced arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine. During this time, he was a team physician for Spartans Athletics as well as many local high school teams, the Chicago Cubs organization minor league baseball team “Lansing Lug-nuts”, and the Capital Centre Pride of the North American Junior Hockey League.

Professional Achievements and Academic Roles

Dr. Perkins continues to pursue the highest level of academic education. He is a “fellow” of the American Osteopathic Association of Orthopedic Surgeons, Assistant Clinical Professor at MSU-COM College of surgical specialties, former orthopedic residency director at McLaren Regional Medical Center-Macomb, and immediate past president of the Michigan Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Dr. Perkins continues to provide clinical and operative education to students, interns, and residents of MSU-COM. He has published research articles in the field of advanced arthroscopic shoulder and knee ligament reconstruction as well as minimally invasive partial knee replacement.

Community Involvement and Commitment

Dr. Perkins has practiced in the Macomb and Oakland County area his entire career and is happy to call it home. He is committed to serving the community and volunteers his time to over 20 local high school sports/travel and club teams. He has also treated and consulted with athletes from MSU, Oakland University, Wayne State, Oakland Community College, Macomb Community College, Grand Valley State, Saginaw Valley State, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, and Eastern Michigan University.

Dr. Perkins is committed to his patients and families. As a family man himself, he understands how important it is for parents and other family members to understand their or their child’s procedures when it comes to their health and wellness and oftentimes athletic careers. At Rochester Hills Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Dr.Perkins provides simple education and explanation of the “why” behind his and his team’s medical decisions, so you always feel comfortable and reassured.

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