Richard Thorp, MD, FACP, is the president of the California Medical Association, and has spent the past 38 years practicing General Internal Medicine in Paradise, Calif.
He is the President/CEO of Paradise Medical Group, Inc., a physician owned multi-specialty primary care group incorporated in 2001. Dr. Thorp is also on the active staff of Feather River Hospital, a community hospital in Paradise, Calif. and divides his time between a private General Internal Medicine practice, service as a Rural Health Clinic Medical Director and Private Practice Administration.
In 2009, Dr. Thorp was recognized as a fellow by the American College of Physicians (ACP) who recognized him as a Fellow in 2009. He also serves on the Governor’s Council for the Northern California Chapter (CANO) and he has served at the national level of ACP as a committee member.
Dr. Thorp developed an interest in health policy and health system reform while serving as president of his local county medical society in 1994, the year of Clinton health reform. In 1994 he was the incorporating agent of a county wide Management Service Organization (MSO) involving PPO, HMO physician groups and the area hospitals.
Dr. Thorp’s leadership role in organized medicine began in 1995, through CMA’s Committee on Managed Care, and subsequently on CMA’s Committee on Medical Service. He was the chair of the Committee for 10 years and since 2008 has served as Consultant to the Committee. He was elected to the CMA Board or Trustees in 2009 and is an Alternate Delegate to the AMA House of Delegates representing a portion of Northern California. He was the Chair of CALPAC, the political action arm of the California Medical Association for 2011 and 2012. Dr. Thorp was elected President-Elect of the CMA in October of 2012.
He and his wife Vicki enjoy cooking together, gardening, scuba diving and their blended family of four sons: Zach Thorp, his wife, Andy, and their two grandsons, Tyler and Cody; Aaron Thorp and his partner Michael; Cheyne Rogers; and Griffin Rogers.