Full Name
Peter Thomas
Job Title
Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville, PC
Speaker Bio
Peter W. Thomas is a principal with the Washington, DC based law firm of Powers, Pyles, Sutter & Verville. He has been a legislative and regulatory advocate for over twenty five years on behalf of health care and post-acute care providers as well as consumers with injuries, illnesses, disabilities and chronic conditions. He represents a number of associations before Congress and the federal agencies including the rehabilitation hospitals, the physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, the Brain Injury Association of America, the Brain Injury Business and Professional Council, orthotic and prosthetic providers and consumers, and recreational therapists, among others. Mr. Thomas has personal experience with physical disability, wearing two prosthetic limbs below the knees since age ten.

Mr. Thomas helps coordinate multiple coalitions focused on health and disability advocacy, rehabilitation research policy and funding, and access to rehabilitation services and devices. He serves on the American Trauma Society board of directors where he chairs the Trauma Survivors Network Committee and serves as co-principal investigator on a PCORI funded project to study patient-centric improvements to trauma care. Mr. Thomas also serves on the National Quality Forum’s Patient Experience and Function Committee which evaluates and validates functional and quality of life quality measures. He also served on the President’s Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry, served three years on the Advisory Board for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and served five years on the Advisory Board for the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research at NIH. He has testified numerous times before Congress, authored hundreds of articles on health and disability policy, and is a co-author of a book on implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. He attended Georgetown University Law Center and Boston College, and is a member of the New York State and District of Columbia Bars.
Peter Thomas