Joseph Thornton

Joseph Thornton, MD, FACS

Associate Professor, Department of Surgery



I started the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery 15 yrs ago as a part of UNR and now UNLV. I began private practice here as the first full time colon and rectal surgeon in Nevada in 1978 after relocating from Chicago. I completed my surgical training and colon and rectal surgery fellowship at Cook County Hospital in Chicago.

I am actively involved in the training of residents and two of my past residents have gone on to become colon and rectal surgeons and practice in Las Vegas. I travel to the Philippines every 1- 2 years as a part of a surgical team to do surgery in remote areas for some of the most under served people for which I feel is one of the best things I have ever done. We should all give back what we can.