James Thomas, MD

216.444.6697

James Thomas, MD

Appointed: 1992

James Thomas, MD
Department: Cardiovascular Medicine
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code J1-5
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.444.6697
DeskDesk:216.444.6805
WorkFax:216.445.6158
James Thomas, MD
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code J1-5
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.444.6697
DeskDesk:216.444.6805
WorkFax:216.445.6158
James Thomas, MD
Department: Diagnostic Radiology
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code J1-5
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.444.6697
DeskDesk:216.444.6805
WorkFax:216.445.6158
Surgeon:
No
Treats:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

James Thomas, MD, is a staff cardiologist in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, at  the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He is Lead Scientist for Ultrasound to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Dr. Thomas is board-certified as a Diplomate in the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Board of Internal Medicine, and the Cardiovascular Subspecialty Board. His specialty interest is echocardiography.

He received his Bachelor's Degree in applied mathematics from Harvard College, graduating summa cum laude. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society. Following medical school at Harvard, Dr. Thomas completed his internship and residency in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, followed by a fellowship in cardiology from the University of Vermont College of Medicine where he was named Clinical Fellow in Medicine (Cardiology Unit). Massachusetts General Hospital granted him a research fellowship for further study. He was appointed to Cleveland Clinic in 1992.

Dr. Thomas has had many academic appointments including several posts at Harvard Medical School. He was Professor of Medicine of the Cleveland Clinic Health Sciences Center of the Ohio State University School of Medicine and is a Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Engineering at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. In addition, he has been an invited visiting professor at numerous prestigious medical conferences around the world, including Japan, Korea, Thailand, India, Singapore, China, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Venezuela, and throughout Europe and the MIddle East.

Listed in Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare beginning in 1997-1998, Dr. Thomas has been an invited lecturer to more than 1,000 international and national symposia, conferences, meetings and clinical training classes. He has conducted more than 100 research studies on ultrasound, ultrasonography, and digital echocardiography, among many other heart-related studies, which have been funded by grants from the American Heart Association, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, the American College of Cardiology and NASA, to name a few.

He is on the editorial board of such prestigious publications as Circulation, Circulation Research, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography and Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine. He also serves as a peer reviewer for 21 professional journals.

Dr. Thomas has published more than 500 peer-viewed articles in professional journals, written seven books and contributed more than 100 book chapters to professional medical textbooks. He has published more than 700 abstracts.

He is a Fellow in the American College of Cardiology, the European Society of Cardiology and the Council on Clinical Cardiology of the American Heart Association. In addition, he is a member of the following professional societies: the American College of Physicians, American College of Cardiology, American Society of Echocardiography and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, among others.

In his free time, he enjoys cooking, skiing, scuba diving and what he calls "the occasional bungee jump."

Professional Highlights

  • Charles and Lorraine Moore Chair of Cardiovascular Imaging
  • NIH Cardiovascular Grant Review Study Section
  • Cardiovascular Board of Examiners, American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Lead Scientist for Ultrasound, NASA
  • Co-Chair of American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Sessions 2007

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Massachusetts General Hospital
Cardiology
Boston, MA USA
1988
Fellowship - Medical Center Hospital of Vermont
Cardiology
Burlington, VT USA
1986
Residency - Massachusetts General Hospital
Internal Medicine
Boston, MA USA
1984
Internship - Massachusetts General Hospital
Internal Medicine
Boston, MA USA
1982
Medical School - Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA USA
1981
Undergraduate - Harvard University
Cambridge, MA USA
1977

Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine- Cardiovascular Disease

Specialty Interests

Heart Valve Disease, Endocarditis, Cardiovascular Imaging, Echocardiogram, Transesophageal Echocardiogram

Awards & Honors

  • Excellence in Teaching Award, American Society of Echocardiography
  • Who's Who in Medicine
  • America's Top Doctors

Memberships

  • American College of Cardiology
  • American Heart Association
  • European Society of Cardiology
  • Executive Board, American Society of Echocardiography
  • Board of Directors, Computers in Cardiology

Treatment & Services

  • Cardiovascular Imaging
  • General Cardiology
  • Heart Imaging
  • Non-Invasive Diagnostic Testing
  • Stress Testing

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

Industry Relationships

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As of 6/10/2013, Dr. Thomas has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by the Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about the Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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Languages Spoken

  • English
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