Thomas Erskine, MD
Internal Medicine,Wound Care
I wasn’t one of those kids who said they were going to be a doctor at age 5. In fact, I wasn’t sure I was going to be a doctor until later on in college. I always enjoyed science. Then in college, I volunteered in an emergency room and later, as an emergency medical technician (EMT). These experiences gave me the confidence that going to medical school was the right fit for me.
Currently, I’m the medical director and a practicing physician at the Wound Care Center at NorthBay. I see patients of all ages referred to us from primary care physicians. Common conditions I see are wounds from the complications of diabetes, pressure wounds and surgical wounds.
Before studying wound care, I was in private practice for 10 years. It’s an exciting time in wound care with so many new products out on the market to treat wounds. Now, it’s less likely for patients to need surgery to recover from a wound.
More than 6 million people in the U.S. are dealing with non-healing wounds. These wounds have failed to heal because the body’s immune system became comprised due to factors such as infection, trauma, malnutrition and diabetes. I want patients to know that when they make an appointment with our team, we can provide help.
I listen to my patients. I like to get a good sense of what the problem is and how we can work together as a team to solve it. It’s important to give patients choices when it comes to a treatment plan. I don’t like telling people what to do and how to do it. I genuinely care about helping each patient. They can see that when they meet me for the first time.
There’s nothing better than discharging a patient after they’ve healed. It’s bittersweet because we’ve gotten to know them over time, but saying goodbye under good circumstances is rewarding.
In my spare time, I enjoy mountain and dirt bike riding.
Medical Degree, University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA
Board Certified in Internal Medicine