Dr. Thomas was born in the United Arab Emirates and attended Medical School in Moscow, Russian Federation. He then worked for several years in India as a General Practitioner before moving to the United States and undergoing his residency training in Internal Medicine as well as his fellowship in Nephrology and Hypertension at New York Hospital Queens – a teaching affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College.  Besides his clinical interests in the subjects of fluid and electrolyte balance, Dr. Thomas brings to UTSW firsthand knowledge of the healthcare systems in four different countries and experience working on hospital workflow/quality improvement projects especially in the fields of physician service handoffs and electronic medical records.  He has a keen interest in the evolving role of Hospitalists in the healthcare system and with special emphasis on their impact on efficient delivery of care and medical education.

Dr. Thomas is an avid foodie and traveler, loves tinkering with technology and likes to spend most of his time outside of work with his extended family and friends


Medical School
Russian State Medical University (1998)
New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens (2007), Internal Medicine
New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens (2011), Nephrology

Research Interest

  • Involuntary discharge from dialysis units
  • Physician handoff


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Web Exclusive. Annals Graphic Medicine - A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Thomas AK, Ann Intern Med 2021 Feb 174 2 W22-W23
Optimizing Discharge Summaries: A Multispecialty, Multicenter Survey of Primary Care Clinicians.
Silver AM, Goodman LA, Chadha R, Higdon J, Burton M, Palabindala V, Jonnalagadda N, Thomas A, O'Donnell C, J Patient Saf 2020 Dec Publish Ahead of Print
Saliva for use with a point of care assay for the rapid diagnosis of COVID-19.
SoRelle JA, Mahimainathan L, McCormick-Baw C, Cavuoti D, Lee F, Thomas A, Sarode R, Clark AE, Muthukumar A, Clinica chimica acta; international journal of clinical chemistry 2020 Sep
Choosing Unwisely.
Thomas AK, AMA J Ethics 2020 Sep 22 9 E816-817
Annals Graphic Medicine - Progress?
Thomas AK, Annals of internal medicine 2020 Sep 173 6 W120-W121
Game-Based Medicine.
Thomas AK, AMA journal of ethics 2020 Jul 22 7 E636-638
Web Exclusive. Annals Graphic Medicine - Modern Medicine.
Thomas AK, Annals of internal medicine 2020 Feb 172 4 W63


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Honors & Awards

  • Joe Dwek Teacher of the Year Award
    Senior resident teaching award at New York Hospital Queens (2007)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • National Kidney Foundation (2010)
  • American Society of Nephrology (2009)