R. Justin Thoms,


Dr. Thoms specializes in orthopedic treatment of arthritis for knees and hips.  This includes nonsurgical treatment modalities as well as a high volume of knee & hip replacements.

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Dr Thoms

Dr. Thoms graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in chemistry and philosophy.  After receiving his medical degree from Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, he did his internship and residency at North Shore-LIJ in New York.  He completed the Aufranc Fellowship in adult reconstructive surgery at the New England Baptist Hospital in Boston.  He is the Co-Director of the Joint Replacement Center at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London.

Dr. Thoms specializes in orthopedic treatment of arthritis for knees and hips.  This includes nonsurgical treatment modalities as well as a high volume of knee & hip replacements.  His experience enables his patients to have better outcomes after joint replacements with lower complication rates and less pain.  “The goal is to get people enjoying their life without pain from arthritis.  For some patients, surgery is the best option.”  he also performs revision surgery for patients who have had previous surgery, including joint replacements that have worn out or failed.

Dr. Thoms was awarded Top Doctor by Connecticut Magazine.

Behind The White Coat

Physician Assistant

Austin Renaud, PA-C

Austin received his Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Meyers. He received his B.S. in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Austin works with Justin Thoms, M.D in the Niantic office, & in surgery.

Working with us

Our Process



At your first rehabilitation evaluation, your therapist will assess your movement quality, pain levels, and lifestyle needs  to get started on your orthopedic recovery.


Identify Goals

Depending on your unique lifestyle factors and movement needs, your therapist will help you break down the recovery journey into attainable milestones to reach your long-term movement goals.



Your therapist will customize your home exercise program, guide you through rehab exercises, administer pain-relieving therapies, and be your ultimate resource to track and support your progress.

our team of experts are here for you

Our Physical and Occupational therapists communicate with our Fellowship-Trained Surgeons and Orthopedic PAs daily to improve patient care and outcomes. This regular communication between our surgical and rehabilitation teams helps all our providers stay current with the latest research and best practices to optimize your recovery.

Patient Testimonials

Dr. Thoms was recommended to me for a TKR. The day of my surgery when I got home, my knee began bleeding. Dr. Thoms came to my home, checked my incision, and rebandaged my knee. He has been accessible to me throughout my healing. I am very grateful for the care of the entire team. I will be having my right knee done by them, too!
– Leslie Rice
Hip replacement. very impressed with Dr Thoms and his entire organization. I was fully prepared for what to expect every step of the way. His attention to detail is unmet by any other physicians I have. Bravo! Thanks for giving me the ultimate in care from start to end.
– Joann Martin
Just had left knee replaced Dec 20, 2016. Knee is now fully functional, Feb 2017, and planning on getting second knee done this summer. All nurses and PT raved about how precise and careful Dr Thoms is.
– John Schmidt
Dr Thoms performed hip surgery on me a while back and it turned out very well. I have recommended him to everybody I meet who has an orthopedic problem.
– Slickster Hall
Dr Thoms is the best. This is my husband's second total knee.
– Diane Secchiaroli
Thorough. Excellent in every way. From start to finish. I had a partial knee replacement. Very satisfied.
– Jill Corr
Did great work on my husband's surgeries.The best the very best in this area.
– Lisa Brown

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