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Laura O. Thomas, MD

Breast Interventional, Abdominal Imaging, Nuclear Medicine Radiologist

Bachelor of Arts
Princeton University

Medical Doctorate
Duke University Medical School

Internship in Internal Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Duke University Medical Center

Fellowship in Women’s and Abdominal Imaging
Duke University Medical Center

Joined Raleigh Radiology in 2003
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Get to know Laura O. Thomas, MD

“The perfect day off,” according to Dr. Laura Thomas, “is an open water swim or a trail run, then an afternoon hike with my ‘not so well behaved’ dog and much better-behaved husband.” It’s her robust sense of humor, and honesty, that Dr. Thomas feels helps her connect so well with her patients. “I’m from the Midwest, so I give my patients the straight scoop. I don't use euphemisms or dance around hard news because it doesn’t help anyone.” She continues, “ I am a glass-half-full person and a ‘can-do” person. I’ll partner with the patient to break down what we need to accomplish into achievable goals.” She considers her strengths to be her clarity of message and the ability to develop clear plans for her patient’s care. 

This optimism and goal-setting make her approachable and empathetic as a provider. Participating in diagnosing and treating breast cancer, and being the first line to deliver news, can be difficult. But, there is a skill to it; constructively providing a diagnosis and plan while being compassionate and listening to the patient.” Her passion for her patient’s health is an impetus for ensuring Raleigh Radiology is cutting-edge. “Our flagship office is an American College of Radiology (ACR) Center of Excellence for the breast imaging program, and I want the Blue Ridge office to achieve the Diagnostic Center of Excellence designation in the next five years;” it is an indication of the quality of care Raleigh Radiology provides. Her advocacy in the field extends outside the practice as well. Dr. Thomas works with their hospital partners to ensure patient care access. “We do a lot for screening in October, during Breast Cancer Awareness month, but need to provide access to affordable care after the initial screening mammograms.” Providing expanded access to screening mammograms and any necessary additional imaging or biopsies to all who may need them is a driving passion; her optimism assures her it’s possible. 

Following an abnormal mammogram, women with certain types of abnormalities are typically referred for a stereotactic breast biopsy – an experience that may bring anxiety and uncertainty for many. Raleigh Radiology breast imaging expert Dr. Laura Thomas, who serves as head of Raleigh Radiology's Breast Imaging Department and is also Vice-Chair of WakeMed Cary Hospital’s […]
Breast radiologists - the physicians who specialize in screening and diagnosing women with breast cancer - are used to seeing shades of black, white, and grey all day long. But what does that mean when it comes to breast imaging? Color, or the absence of color, means everything in imaging studies. Breast abnormalities such as […]
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