Thomas Ems, MD

Hello! I am currently the oldest (and wisest, haha) EM resident at Prisma Health Upstate.  In a former life, I played the cello professionally for a lot of different groups including with Peter Gabriel, My Morning Jacket, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and quite a few symphony orchestras in the United States and Japan. I became interested in medicine after dating a physician and decided to change careers in my early 30s. It has been a humbling and rewarding change so far, and I'm so happy to be in Greenville for the next few years and beyond! In my free-time I like to be outside mountain-biking, surfing, and hiking. I have done some very-low budget traveling to Central America and Southeast Asia and I hope to continue that tradition after I graduate residency.  I look forward to being an excellent physician and I'm so happy to be a part of the residency-family that I've joined here in Greenville.

Fast Facts:

Hometown: Floyds Knobs, Indiana

College: Butler University, Indiana University, Purdue University

Medical School: University of Louisville

EM Interests: Wilderness Medicine, EMS (as you might have suspected from my last name), and Critical Care

When not at work you can find me: Riding my mountain bike or spending time with my family

Favorite Place in GVL: Walking along the Swamp Rabbit Trail downtown

Spirit Animal: Australian Shepherd that can fly

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