Dr Martin Thomas

Dr Martin ThomasTel: 020 3456 6235
Fax: 020 3456 6247
Email: martin.thomas5@nhs.net

University College Hospital

Heart failure service, Cardiology outpatients

Professional background

Dr Thomas graduated in 1988 from University College Cardiff with an honours degree in pharmacology and then went on to study medicine at the University of Southampton Medical School, qualifying in 1992.  His postgraduate training in cardiology was undertaken at the Sussex Cardiac Centre Brighton, and St George’s Hospital London. He undertook a senior fellowship in advanced heart failure and cardiac transplantation at the Royal Perth Hospital in Western Australia.

During his training Dr Thomas undertook a period of research and was awarded a MD degree from Imperial College, London after completing his thesis on the clinical problem of heart failure with preserved systolic function. He was appointed as Consultant Cardiologist to the University College London Hospitals, including the Heart Hospital in 2009.

Dr Thomas has extensive experience in all aspects of adult cardiology. Dr Thomas is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure and specialises in advanced heart failure management including implantation of biventricular pacemakers and cardiac defibrillators and optimisation of these devices using transthoracic echocardiography and finger plethysmography. He is a certified cardiac device specialist of the Heart Rhythm Society, USA. He is also fully trained in the use of ultrafiltration for the management of a select group of heart failure patients who have significant fluid overload.

Research interests

Dr Thomas is continually engaged in research connected with his clinical interests. His current interests include the role of finger plethysmography in the optimisation of cardiac resynchronisation therapy and the role of palliative care services in the management of patients with advanced heart failure.


Thomas MD, Wood C, Lovett M, Dembo L, O’Driscoll G.  Successful treatment of rotary pump thrombus with the glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitor tirofiban. J Heart Lung Transplant 2008;27:925-927

Parle NM, Thomas MD, Dembo L, Best M, O’Driscoll G. Repeated Infusions of Levosimendan: Well Tolerated and Improves Functional Capacity in Decompensated Heart Failure - A Single-Centre Experience. Heart Lung Circ 2008;17:206-210

A Sirker, MD Thomas, S Baker, J Shrimpton, et al. Cardiac resynchronization therapy: left or left-and-right for optimal symptomatic effect - the LOLA ROSE study. Europace 2007;9:862-868

Thomas MD, Hinds R, Walker C, Morgan F, Mason P, Hildick-Smith D. Safety of aeromedical repatriation following myocardial infarction: a retrospective study. Heart 2006;92:1864-1865

Thomas MD, Fox KF, Wood DA, Gibbs JSR, Coats AJS, Henein MY, Poole-Wilson PA, Sutton GC. Echocardiographic features and brain natriuretic peptides in patients presenting with heart failure and preserved systolic function. Heart 2006;92:603-608

Thomas MD, Fox KF, Coats AJS. Redefining heart failure. Int J Cardiol 2006;112:139-41

Thomas MD, Fox KF, Coats AJS, Sutton GC. The epidemiological enigma of heart failure with preserved systolic function. Eur J Heart Failure 2004;6:125-36

GMC/GDC number: 3659029