Dustin M Thomas


Major, Army

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Director, Cardiac CT Imaging & Cardiovascular Research
Location: San Antonio Military Medical Center, TX
Research Interests:
Cardiac CT
Preventive Cardiology
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BS - DePauw University 2002
MS - Indiana University 2005
MD - Indiana University School of Medicine 2008
Residency, Internal Medicine - Madigan Army Medical Center 2011
Fellowship, Cardiology - Brooke Army Medical Center 2015


Dr. Dustin Thomas completed an undergraduate degree in chemistry from DePauw University in 2002. He went on to graduate from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 2008 followed by an internal medicine residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington. He served as the chief of medical residents at Madigan for one year before accepting a cardiology fellowship position at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. After fellowship, he remained at BAMC as a cardiology staff were he assumed the duties of Director, Cardiac CT Imaging and Cardiovascular Research. He has published multiple manuscripts on coronary CTA and CAC scoring in symptomatic patients. His research interests include coronary CTA for emergency department, CT perfusion, coronary artery calcium (CAC) scoring in risk stratification, and cardiovascular disease manifestations in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Dr. Thomas deployed to Kuwait (Camp Arifjan) in Aug 2016 in support of Operation Spartan Shield. In 2017, he accepted the position of co-chair of the newly minted regional health command-central (RHC-C) institutional review board (IRB). In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Jennifer, and his 3 children, Joshua, Madelyn, and Jacob.

Career Highlights: Positions, Projects, Deployements, Awards and Additional Publications

Chief of Medical Residents - Madigan Army Medical Center 2011-2012

John McClure Outstanding Fellow Teacher - 2015

Commander's Award Quality Improvement - 2015

Chair, Fellow and Resident In Training Committee (FiRST) Society of Cardiovascular CT - 2015

Chair, Institutional Review Board RHC-C - 2017

Representative Bibliography

21. Cheezum MK, Kim A, Bittencourt MS, Kassop D, Thomas DM, Nguyen B, Glynn RJ, Shah NR, Villines TC. Association of Tobacco Use and Cessation with Coronary Atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis 2017;257:201-2016

19. Kelly FR, Hull RA, Arrey-Mbi TB, Williams MU, Lee JS, Slim AM, Thomas DM. Left Atrial Appendage Morphology and Risk of Stroke Following Pulmonary Vein Isolation for Drug-Refractory Atrial Fibrillation in Low CHA2DS2Vasc Risk Patients. BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017;17:70

18. Maliel KT, Furgerson JL, Thomas DM. Training in Cardiac CT: a Continuously Evolving Modality. Curr Cardiovasc Imaging Rep 2016;9:20

17. Goins BS, Henderson A, Lin CK, Charmforoush A, Arrey-Mbi TB, Prentice RL, Slim JN, Gore RS, Cury RC, Slim AM, Thomas DM. Total Effective Radiation Dose Attributable to Medical Imaging Following Emergency Department Evaluation for Acute Chest Pain Initially Evaluated with Coronary CT Angiography Compared with Usual Care. Arch Cardiovasc Imaging 2015;3(3):e34647

16. Thomas DM, Brank K, Cury RC. The PROMISE of Coronary CT Angiography: Precise and Accurate Diagnosis and Prognosis in Coronary Artery Disease. South Med J 2016;109(4):242-247

15. Thomas DM, Divakarn S, Villines TC, Nasir K, Shah NR, Slim AM, Blankstein R, Cheezum MK. Management of Coronary Artery Calcium and Coronary CTA Findings. Curr Cardiovasc Imaging Rep 2015;8:18

11. Jones RL, Thomas DM, Barnwell ML, Fentanes E, Young AN, Barnwell R, Foley AT, Hilliard M, Hulten EA, Villines TC, Cury RC, Slim AM. Safe and Rapid Disposition of Low to Intermediate Risk Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department with Chest Pain: A 1 Year High Volume Single-Center Experience. J Cardiovasc Comput Tomogr 2014;8:375-383

5. Thomas DM, Anderson D, McRae F, Ellis S, Slim AM. Open versus endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm: incidence of cardiovascular events in 8,314 subjects in a Department of Defence cohort over 6 year follow-up. Vascular 2015;23(3):234-9

3. Prentice RL, Barnwell ML, Thomas DM, Ahmadian HR, Jones RJ, Lin CK, McDonough RJ, Rubal B, Slim AM. Utility of per vessel coronary artery calcium (CAC) score in symptomatic patients undergoing coronary computed tomography in predicting major adversce cardiovascular events: Case series and literature review. British Journal of Medicine & Medical Research 2014;4(22):3933-3940

1. Thomas DM, Shaw DJ, Barnwell ML, Jones RJ, Ahmadian HR, Prentice RL, Lin Charles K, Triana Taylor, Cheezum MK, Cury RC, Slim AM. The Lack of Obstructive Coronary Artery Disease on Coronary CT Angiography Safely Reduces Downstream Cost and Resource Utilization during Subsequent Chest Pain Presentations. J Cardiovasc Comput Tomogr 2015;9(4):329-336