Richard Thunder, MD

Member of Mammoth Hospital Team Since 2011


Orthopedic Surgery

Areas of Interest

Dr. Thunder specializes in treatment of spinal disorders with also an emphasis in general orthopedic care including trauma and joint replacement. His focus is on quality of life for patients through diagnosis, physical therapy and alternative treatments.

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Board Certification

American Board of Medical Specialties of Orthopedic Surgery


Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California - M.D. Doctor of Medicine

Medical Training

Stanford University Medical Center, Department of Orthopedic Surgery - Residency

Stanford University, Orthopedic Spine Center - Orthopedic Fellowship

Saint Mary's Fellow Stanford University - Orthopedic Fellowship 


Dr. Thunder trained at the Stanford School of Medicine, as well as completing his residency and fellowship in orthopedic spine surgery at the internationally recognized Stanford Orthopedic Spine Fellowship Program. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, a qualified medical examiner, and is a former Chief of Orthopaedics at Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, California.

Dr. Thunder has his pilot’s license and enjoys flying, mountain biking, and snowboarding. 


Fellow, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

California Orthopedic Association

San Diego County Medical Society

Qualified Medical Examiners