February 16, 2014

Meet Dr. Thomas


Randal J. Thomas, M.D, member of the Mayo Clinic Rochester Healthy Living Committee


Dr. Thomas is an Associate Professor of Medicine, College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic. He is a consultant in the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases and Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic-Rochester. He is Medical Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Mayo-Rochester.

Dr. Thomas participated in the design committee that helped with construction of the DAHLC. His clinical and research interests have been aimed primarily at improving the effectiveness of preventive therapies in patients with cardiovascular diseases. “The exercise and nutrition programs are obviously essential programs with great benefits for DAHLC members.  In addition, the weight management and stress management services are extremely valuable, since these services help tackle two big challenges we face in society today—obesity and high stress lifestyles,” he says.  “I hope that the DAHLC experience will help serve as a springboard to employees and their families to establish exercise as a priority and regular part in their lives.”

Dr. Thomas is the director of Healthy Living Rochester, a community-based heart disease prevention program in the Rochester, MN community. “Because a large percentage of Olmsted County residents are employed by Mayo Clinic, or have a family member who is a Mayo Clinic employee, the DAHLC is a tremendous resource for improving the health of our community as well as the health of our employees.  In addition, the DAHLC has had a ripple effect on other groups in our community who are following many of the examples from the programs offered by the DAHLC.”  Dr. Thomas and his family take his recommendations to heart.  He explains, “My family and I have developed a habit of exercise throughout our lives.  We’ve made it a priority--partly because we enjoy it, and partly because we know that it’s good for us.”

Professional Background

  • M.D., George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
  • M.S., Medical Biophysics and Computing, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and Preventive Cardiology Fellow, Stanford University Medical School
  • Past President, American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, 2009-2010
  • Certified as a Diplomat by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the National Board of Medical Examiners
  • Certified by the American College of Physicians, American College of Cardiology (ECG), American Board of Sports Medicine (Cardiac Rehabilitation), and the American Heart Association (ACLS)
  • Grant Reviewer for the American Heart Association
  • Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention
  • Reviewer for 18 medical journals, including New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Circulation, Annals of Internal Medicine and Mayo Clinic Proceedings
  • Awarded 2009 Stratis Health Healthy Community Award for CardioVision 2020/Healthy Living Rochester
  • Received the Presidential Citation Award from the American Association of CardioVascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation in 2007
  • Author/Co-Author of more than 90 research articles for professional journals such as Circulation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, American Heart JournalAmerican Journal of Cardiology, Preventive CardiologyLancet and Mayo Clinic Proceedings

Current clinical and research activities related to wellness

  • Clinical practice focuses on lifestyle and medical therapies for reducing risk of cardiovascular disease and for treating patients with coronary heart disease. He has particular interest in cardiac rehabilitation, lipid disorders, exercise electrocardiography, and quality improvement.
  • Research activities focus on the delivery of preventive cardiovascular services, cardiac rehabilitation, secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease, hyperlipidemia, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  • Active in Healthy Living Rochester, a Mayo Clinic and local community initiative to promote healthy lifestyles in the Rochester, MN area.

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