Athanasios Thomaides, MD, FACC, Joins MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center
Athanasios Thomaides, MD, FACC, joins MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital as an electrophysiologist, a specialist who manages cardiac rhythm abnormalities.
September 23, 2015
“Now is a great time to be a cardiologist,” says Athanasios Thomaides, MD, FACC.
“We have improved tools and technology available that have revolutionized therapy of cardiac arrhythmias. Ablative procedures for treatment of serious rhythm abnormalities have become increasingly successful, safer for patients, and more rapid than ever before.”
“Patients are also improving their own odds for a long and healthy life by seeing their cardiologist earlier in the disease course,” he adds. “The earlier patients are referred to a heart rhythm specialist, the better chance they have for a cure.”
A physician within the MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, Dr. Thomaides is an electrophysiologist, a specialist who manages cardiac rhythm abnormalities with both non-invasive (medical) therapies as well as minimally invasive procedures. He performs catheter ablations for common cardiovascular disease conditions such as atrial flutter and atrial fibrillation and implants life-saving devices (pacemakers and defibrillators). Additionally, he is trained in laser-lead extraction and intra-cardiac echocardiography.
“What I like best about my job is taking care of patients,” Dr. Thomaides says. “My goal is to improve their quality of life and to help them live longer. Interacting with my patients, their families, and the members of our team in the hospital are the most gratifying aspects of my job.”
Although the number one cause of mortality in the developed world is cardiovascular disease, patients are living longer and with improved quality of life compared to the past. “Over the last 10 years, great advancements have occurred in the field of electrophysiology (EP). We now have better equipment and technology that have improved the efficiency and safety profile of EP interventions.”
Of course, there are still challenges. But Dr. Thomaides has seen remarkably good outcomes with some of his sickest patients, and attributes some of their success to the collaborative efforts of his team. “We work as a team, just like in football. We are all key players in helping the patient get better.”
“MedStar is vested in the success of its Heart & Vascular Institute,” he says. The purpose is to provide the Washington DC metropolitan area with the highest quality of cardiovascular care. We want to make it as easy and accessible as possible to the region’s entire population.
Dr. Thomaides received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio then moved to the Indiana University Hospital for residency in internal medicine. He completed a fellowship in clinical cardiology at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia and a subspecialty fellowship in cardiac electrophysiology at Georgetown University Hospital – Washington Hospital Center. He also holds a B.S. degree in mathematics and applied science from the University of California, Los Angeles.
He started working at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital in August 2015, joining Dr. Sung Lee and the eight other faculty electrophysiologists of MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute. He also sees patients at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
Dr. Thomaides was born in New Jersey, grew up in Greece, and returned to the U.S. for his education. He has now settled in the Washington, D.C. area, where he and his fiancée, a pediatrician, are planning their 2016 wedding. He enjoys tennis, racquetball, and travel.
“My association with MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital will be long-lasting,” he says. “My colleagues and I are working diligently to provide the community with first-class care for decades to come. We are here to stay.”
Athanasios Thomaides, MD, FACC
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