Gregory S. Thomas MD, MPH’80 has been named the new medical director for the MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute at Long Beach Memorial. Thomas brings 25 years of clinical, research, and leadership experience to this position. He will oversee clinical and business operations of the MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute (MHVI).
Thomas has served as the principal investigator on more than 50 clinical trials and will help make tomorrow’s medicines a reality today as he builds on the tradition of landmark cardiac research performed at MHVI.
Thomas’s research accomplishments have included the development of a new type of stress test that combines exercise with a medication to simulate stress in those in whom extensive walking is challenging. His research contributions include 130 articles, abstracts and a textbook.
He is perhaps best known as the co-leader of a joint US-Egyptian team that discovered that ancient Egyptian mummies had atherosclerosis. Last year, his team discovered that an ancient Egyptian princess who lived 3,500 years ago—before King Tut and Moses—had blockages of her heart arteries. This finding represents the first person in human history to be diagnosed with heart disease. The team’s work challenges the conventional wisdom that atherosclerosis is a disease of contemporary humans. The team’s findings have been reported globally and in the Journal of the American Medical Association. On behalf of the team’s work, he received the Award of the First International Scientific Conference on Ancient Egyptian Culture awarded by the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities and Cairo University.