About Dr Thomas
Dr Thomas completed his internship at the Pietersburg Tertiary Hospital and community service at Elim District Hospital, during which time he trained in multiple disciplines, including internal medicine, surgery, emergency medicine, anaesthesia, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatric medicine and psychiatry. He then worked as a medical officer in the UK (Portsmouth, Exeter and Brighton NHS Hospitals), covering specialities including emergency medicine, acute medicine, internal medicine and geriatric medicine.
When he returned to South Africa in 2007, he completed his specialisation in Internal Medicine (FCP SA) at the University of Cape Town (UCT). He subsequently completed his cardiology specialist training at Groote Schuur Hospital (UCT), obtaining his certificate of Cardiology for the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa in 2010.
Dr Thomas accepted a year-long fellowship position in cardiac electrophysiology at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital in the UK in 2012. He then furthered his sub-specialist electrophysiology training by completing a two-year fellowship at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute in Canada. Here he further honed his skills in diagnosis and catheter heart ablation of supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias, including complex arrhythmias (atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia ablation in structurally abnormal hearts (ischaemic and non-ischemic). In addition, he obtained invaluable experience in the conservative and interventional management of patients with adult congenital heart disease (GUCH), as well as device implantation and follow up of pacemaker implants, defibrillators (ICD's) and cardiac resynchronisation devices.
He won first prize for his presentation at the North American Medtronic Fellow Arrhythmia Symposium, as judged by Dr Mark Josephson, the "father of clinical cardiac electrophysiology" from Harvard Medical School. The Ottawa Heart Institute also awarded him "The Heart of Gold" for exemplary care toward his patients.
Dr Thomas has now returned to South Africa, where he works hard to blend the knowledge he acquired in South Africa, Europe and North America for the betterment of his patients.