Dr. James Thomas (USA)

Dr. James Thomas (USA)

He is an expert in cardiovascular imaging with a unique background in space medicine. The Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, is a place where heart valve surgery and other complex heart operations are performed. In Cleveland Clinic, he was the Charles and Lorriane Moore Chair in Cardiovascular Imaging, and, at Case Western Reserve University, a professor of medicine and biomedical engineering.He also serves as a lead scientist for ultrasound with NASA, researching the impact of space travel on the heart and the body's cardiovascular functions. His clinical interests include valvular heart disease and diastolic dysfunction, an abnormal filling of the heart. The author of more than 500 peer reviewed publications, his research focuses on cardiac mechanics, application of new echo technology and space physiology.A past-president of the American Society of Echocardiography, he is a recipient of the Richard Popp Excellence in Teaching Award from the American Society of Echocardiography and was honored as the Edler Lecturer at last year's ASE Scientific Sessions.