ST. PETERSBURG — Dr. J. Cedric Thornton, MD, the first black dermatologist in St. Petersburg, closes his private practice. For 28 years he served the community with the best dermatological medicines and expert professional medical skin care.
Since August, the office at 6499 38 Ave. S has sat empty, but a closed office doesn’t mean retirement. Thornton is now employed at the VA Hospital.
Before closing his private practice, he and his wife Joyce, did a lot of soul searching and gave the idea a considerable amount of thought. Leaving his patients and staff, many of whom had been with him since he opened his practice in 1987, was not an easy thing to do.
Thornton will always cherish all the fond, wonderful, memories from his patients, who have shared their lives with him, both personal and professional, and especially the “fish chat” stories.
After serving nine years in the United States Air Force, achieving the best dermatological medical training and becoming a flight surgeon for four years, Thornton decided to move to St. Petersburg with the influence of longtime friends, Drs. Ken and Nancy Bryant.
Once a month, Thornton volunteered his services to the Greenwood Community in Clearwater at the Willa Carson Health Center for many years.
On behalf of Thornton and his office staff, they would like to thank all of their patients for their valued loyalty. He will be eternally grateful that he had the opportunity to know and serve you.