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Richard M. Thunder, MD

Orthopaedic Surgery


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Dr. Richard Thunder received his medical degree from the Stanford University School of Medicine. He then completed an Orthopaedic Surgery residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Thunder also completed an Orthopaedic Surgery, Spine fellowship at Stanford University Hospital.

Dr. Thunder specializes in Orthopaedic Surgery. He specializes in treatment of spinal disorders with an emphasis in general orthopaedic care including trauma and joint replacement. Dr. Thunder is a former Chief of Orthopaedics at Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla.

Dr. Thunder has over 16 years of medical experience and he is certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties of Orthopedic Surgery. He is currently welcoming new patients.

Practices at
Torrey Pines Orthopaedic Medical Group
Languages Spoken
  • › English
Board Certifications
  • › American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Hospital Affiliations
  • Stanford University Hospital, Orthopaedic Surgery, Spine, Fellowship - 2005

  • Stanford University Medical Center, Orthopaedic Surgery Residency - 2004

  • Stanford University School of Medicine, MD - 1999

Memberships & Associations
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Fellow

  • California Orthopedic Association

  • San Diego County Medical Society

  • Qualified Medical Examiners

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Christopher E. Urband, MD
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David J. Dalstrom, MD
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Stephen C. Shoemaker, MD
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9850 Genesee Avenue
Ste. 210
La Jolla, CA, 92037

Insurances Accepted
  • Arizona Foundation
  • Beech Street
  • Beech Street (Workers' Comp)
  • CorVel (Workers' Comp)
  • Coventry / First Health
  • Coventry / First Health (Workers' Comp)
  • Focus Healthcare
  • Fortified Provider Network
  • Galaxy Health Network
  • Great-West Healthcare
  • Health Management Network, Inc.
  • Humana ChoiceCare
  • Interplan / HealthSmart
  • Interplan / HealthSmart (Workers' Comp)
  • MultiPlan
  • MultiPlan (Workers' Comp)
  • Pacific Foundation SISC (Workers' Comp)
  • Pacific Foundation for Medical Care
  • Pacific Health Alliance
  • Prime Health Services
  • Prime Health Services (Workers' Comp)
  • Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS)
  • Scripps Employee Medical Plan
  • St. Paul's Eldercare
  • Three Rivers
  • Three Rivers (Workers' Comp)
  • USA MCO (Workers' Comp)

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