Dr. Craig Thorne is a visionary and nationally-recognized physician leader in integrated employee health, safety and well-being programs; an analytical and data-informed innovator and program implementer with a track record of success in engaging populations in positive wellness behaviors and health decision-making, while containing costs; and an adventurer and personal health and fitness enthusiast. He has over twenty years of experience with integrated on-site primary care and employer-sponsored clinics that deliver high-quality, coordinated care; optimize wellness and engagement; provide worker’s compensation injury prevention and clinical management services; and have a proven track record of positive value-on-investment.
Prior to joining Yale New Haven Health’s Occupational Medicine and Wellness Services as Chief Medical Director in February 2018, he served for over a decade as the Vice President and Medical Director, Employee Health and Well-Being for Erickson Living, a national leader in senior living communities, where he was responsible for creating and implementing on-site occupational health and wellness clinics and directing population health services for over 14,000 Erickson Living employees in 20 locations. He also provided oversight for Erickson Living’s self-insured health plan and self-insured workers’ compensation program. Under his leadership, Erickson Living was the 2016 recipient of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM’s) Corporate Health Achievement Award for excellence in integrated employee health, safety and well-being.
Dr. Thorne is a U.S. citizen who was born in Canada and received the Bachelor of Medical Science degree and M.D. in 1990 from Memorial University of Newfoundland, followed by the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health in Baltimore in 1995. He then completed fellowship training and the Chief Residency in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1997. He completed Internal Medicine training and the Chief Residency at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. in 1995. He received a M.B.A. degree in Medical Services Management from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in Baltimore in 2013. He is board-certified in both Internal Medicine (re-certified in 2016) and Preventive Medicine (with a focus in Occupational and Environmental Medicine).
Prior to joining Erickson Living, he directed clinical care, conducted research and lectured at the University of Maryland School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and served as the Medical Director, Employee Health and Safety at the University of Maryland Medical Center from 2001-2007. From 1997-2001, he was the Medical Director of the Police and Fire Clinic (PFC Associates) in Washington, D.C. where he provided and directed clinical care (for work related and non-work related conditions), medical surveillance and preventive services for Police Officers and Fire Fighters/EMTs, including the U.S. Secret Service. He co-authored the original International Association of Fire Fighters’ Wellness Fitness Initiative which outlines strategies to guide fire departments throughout North America to develop, enhance and measure their holistic wellness-fitness programs for career fire fighters. During his years at the University of Maryland’s Occupational Medicine Program, he also monitored and conducted clinical studies on veterans returning from the Iraq wars who were exposed to depleted uranium through friendly fire incidents. Beginning in November 2018, he now serves as a member of the Connecticut Firefighters Health and Safety Consortium where he is tasked with standardizing health assessments for recruits and active fire fighters throughout the state.
As a physician and health care administrator, his leading skills include: 1) Evidence and data-based decision making that relies on his data analytic skills as a means to study, implement, monitor and improve population health and well-being; 2) Functional/technical skills in health plan development, implementation and monitoring which includes incentives for wellness and fitness participation and outcomes, and in compliance with federal regulations; 3) Innovation in onsite clinical service delivery including new opportunities related to the Affordable Care Act, Patient-Centered Medical Home, valued-based population health and wellness; and chronic care management; 4) Ability to balance technology with high touch support to engage diverse populations in wellness activities and preventive healthcare; 5) Action-oriented leadership with strong peer and customer relationships and team-building skills; 6) Operating skills in the measurement of programs and services, and demonstration of return-on-investment to not only ensure the population is being served, but to optimize the financial benefits to both the payers and consumers of health care; 7) Continuous quality management and improvement; and 8) Strong communication skills and relations at all levels including with his teams, senior leaders, Board members and external stakeholders.
As a personal health and fitness enthusiast, Craig enjoys hiking, cycling, active travel and long distance running to maintain his own fitness and work-life balance. In October 2017, he completed his twelfth consecutive Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C.
Education & Training
- MBAThe Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School, Medical Service Management (2013)
- MPHJohn's Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (1997)
- MDMemorial University of Newfoundland (1990)