Dr. Thomas Sims was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He met his future wife, Pat, at UCLA where they both received degrees in Zoology and married after Tom’s first year of medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska where Tom received his MD degree.

Tom began his medical career in Oregon after leaving the wilds of the Alaskan Arctic where he, Pat, and their two children spent two life-changing years when Tom worked as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service as a frontier doctor in and around the city of Nome.

Working as a ‘bush doctor’ was an adventure that changed their lives as chronicled in Tom’s exciting award-winning Amazon #1 Bestseller memoir “On Call in the Arctic: A Doctor’s Pursuit of Life, Love and Miracles in the Alaskan Frontier” now being considered in Hollywood for a motion picture.

Following discharge from the service, Tom began his private medical career in remote Oregon where he worked until retirement so he could write fulltime.

During the two and a half decades Tom worked as a family doctor, he made time to write a book entitled “Heart Clogs and Other Things Along the Same Vein” and he and Pat participated in over fifteen first rate theatrical productions as actors.

Their combined performing credits include starring roles in “The King and I”, “Agatha Christi’s Ten Little Indians”, “Oliver”, “Up the Down Staircase” and “Dial M for Murder” with Pat starring in “Annie Get Your Gun”.

Tom didn’t slow down his acting career following retirement. Since then, he has played leading theatrical roles in both Palm Springs, California and Bend, Oregon. In Palm Springs, for his dual role in “Neil Simon’s California Suite” he was nominated by The Desert Theatre League for an award as “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy”. Since then, he was featured in a nationally broadcast Public Service Announcement, he starred in the famous play “Sordid Lives” and he played a part in the major Hollywood film “Next” starring Nicholas Cage and Julianne Moore. As an Executive Producer, Tom worked on two Independent Films – “Gunnar” and “Defiant”.

Tom still remains active in medicine even though he no longer practices fulltime. For several years he worked evaluating patients applying for a medical marijuana card in the state of Oregon and, in that capacity, certified, educated, and successfully managed medical cannabis use in over 6,000 people.

It is his personal experience working with a large population of cannabis users combined with his training and education on the use of cannabis as medicine, that led Tom to create his book “Medical Cannabis – Myth, Miracle, or Money Dump” and his presentation by the same name, as a way his expertise and knowledge could be available to the general public.

Tom and Pat live in the mountains outside of Bend, Oregon with a devilish little red Shin-Tzu boy named “Lucifer” and two midnight black kittens Mr. Mistoffelees and Mazikeen. Tom is currently working on a novel.