Cardiac electrophysiologist Senthil Thambidorai, MD, has been named regional medical director of electrophysiology (EP) for Medical City Healthcare. His primary areas of responsibility are the cardiac electrophysiology programs at Medical City Fort Worth and Medical City Alliance.
“Dr. Thambidorai has been a strong leader of Medical City Fort Worth's EP program, which has one of the busiest atrial fibrillation (AFib) programs in the area,” Medical City Fort Worth CEO Clay Franklin said. “Our sister Fort Worth hospital, Medical City Alliance, is launching a new electrophysiology program, and we are pleased to have Dr. Thambidorai’s experience and expertise as electrophysiology medical director for both facilities.”
A multi-disciplinary approach is key to Medical City Fort Worth's AFib program, which includes electrophysiologists, cardiologists, pulmonologists, hospitalists and experienced EP lab clinical staff working together to manage care for patients.
“MCFW has been a leader in introducing high-level EP technology to the region, such as AFib ablation and the Watchman™ procedure,” Dr. Thambidorai said. “I look forward to continuing to advance our technology and clinical expertise with the construction of Medical City Fort Worth's new EP facility and to working with the Alliance team to help build their EP program.”
Construction is scheduled to begin in fall 2016 on Medical City Fort Worth's new EP lab, which will feature such leading edge technology as 3D mapping and 3D real-time intracardiac echocardiography (ICE), an ultrasound imaging tool with the power to visualize cardiac structures and blood flow from inside the body. These technologies contribute to increased safety, improved outcomes and reduced radiation exposure for patients in complex cardiac procedures, Dr. Thambidorai explained. New robotic equipment will also enable physicians to perform robotic heart ablations.
The Watchman™ procedure guards against stroke and blood clots for AFib patients and offers an alternative to long-term use of blood-thinner medications. Medical City Fort Worth's EP team is also performing zero fluoroscopy heart ablations, which eliminate X-ray radiation exposure for some patients during certain catheter ablation procedures to correct heart arrhythmias.
Dr. Thambidorai is a national proctor for many new technologies. He plans for the new EP lab at Medical City Fort Worth to be involved in innovative clinical trials and to serve as a teaching center for electrophysiologists and cardiologists.
Dr. Thambidorai trained at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, where he served as chief cardiac electrophysiology fellow. He then moved to Texas and joined the University of Texas Medical School at Houston as an assistant professor in cardiac electrophysiology. He also practiced at Memorial Hermann Heart and Vascular Institute, Texas Medical Center in Houston, prior to his move to Fort Worth, where he has been active in practicing electrophysiology for the past three years.