Dr. Thomas Flynn’s grandfather and great grandfather — who treated patients throughout Tennessee by horseback — were both general practitioners. So an interest and love for medicine was always in Dr. Flynn’s blood, even though the calling skipped his father who was a passionate and successful author.
Dr. Flynn thought he would continue the family tradition and become a general practitioner, but his interests in neuroscience lead him on his own path. Thomas graduated from Tulane University Medical School and began practicing in 1967. Within a few years he was the only board certified neurosurgeon between Baton Rouge and Shreveport and saw first hand how much Louisiana could benefit from other neurological specialists like himself working as a team.
Dr. Flynn always wanted to start a group practice because he felt that in order to be successful and offer patients the best and most comprehensive neurological care, a group of physicians needed to pool their resources in one place.
In the 1970’s, multidisciplinary group practices were becoming a successful trend around the country, but when Dr. Flynn expressed interest in forming a group practice that focused solely on the neurosciences, many people in town told him his idea would fail due to lack of patient referrals.
In 1978, Dr. Flynn disregarded his critics and joined forces with Dr. Sam Levert, a neurologist, and two neurosurgeons, Dr. John Clifford and Dr. Anthony Ioppolo. Together the three men formed The Baton Rouge Neurological and Neurosurgical Associates, located downtown on Peachtree Street. They proved to be so successful within the first five years that they had to expand their location to accommodate the growing patient load.
By 1986, Dr. Flynn and his partners were coordinating care for so many neurological patients he decided to rebrand his practice–giving birth to The NeuroMedical Center name you know so well today. Fifteen years later, Dr. Flynn decided to build a permanent home for neuroscience, in an open field at the corner of Bluebonnet Boulevard and Perkins Rowe, to give more specialists like himself a larger space to expand specialized care for the brain, spine and nervous system.
The NeuroMedical Center, that rises above Perkins Rowe today, is arguably Dr. Flynn’s greatest accomplishment. In 2004, this comprehensive campus for the neurosciences proudly opened its doors– the culmination of three years of construction and four decades of visionary thinking!
Dr. Flynn’s original Baton Rouge practice consisting of four tremendous neurological minds, has now grown to over thirty, including:
The NeuroMedical Center boasts the region’s largest group of experts for the brain, spine and nervous system. Their collective expertise greatly benefits those who seek diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation for neurological conditions and spinal complications. The building today houses The NeuroMedical Center Clinic, The Spine Hospital of Louisiana at The NeuroMedical Center and The NeuroMedical Center Rehabilitation Hospital.
While the size, look and makeup of his practice has changed over the years, Dr. Flynn’s founding principle of offering an unmatched level of care in the neurosciences has never wavered.
Dr. Flynn and his contributions to the neurosciences and South Louisiana are legendary. While he retired from medical practice in 2008, he remains an integral part of The NeuroMedical Center operations and his philosophy of providing the highest level of patient care has, and always will, impact NMC culture.