Mastery. Merit. Distinction.

The Center for Cardiac Arrhythmias and Atrial Fibrillation is led by Barbara Thomas, RN, FHRS. Barbara brings years of cardiac electrophysiology experience to the position, and has been on staff since Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute was founded.

Barbara Thomas, RN, FHRS

Electrophysiology
Director of Electrophysiology Services

Barbara has more than 25 years of nursing experience, with 15 years specifically focused on electrophysiology. While at the Cleveland Clinic, she worked closely with Dr. Natale, first as an EP nurse and later in a nurse manager position. In 2008, Barbara was appointed to the directorship at St. David's Medical Center, where she works closely with the electrophysiologists and nursing staff in the world-class electrophysiology department. She was instrumental in establishing the Arrhythmia Center at Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute (TCAI), and her efforts resulted in the formation of a leading-edge patient education resource for TCAI patients. She assembled a team of specialized electrophysiology nurses who help patients before, during and after their treatments.

Since 2007, Barbara's strong interest in the continuous medical education of nurses in the field of cardiac electrophysiology has given her a major role as co-director of the program for allied professionals at Venice Arrhythmia, the most attended European international meeting.

Barbara's initial inspiration to pursue a career in electrophysiology (EP) stems from her mother, who had undiagnosed atrial fibrillation that resulted in a stroke at age 45. Barbara is passionate about EP services, and enjoys the excitement and challenge of this ever-changing field.

Barbara is an active member of the Heart Rhythm Society and has served in on the HRS Membership and Coding Committee.