Dr. Alan R. Thometz, MD

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Dr. Alan R. Thometz, MD

Cardiology | Male

Billings Clinic Cardiovascular 2800 10th Ave N # 400, Billings, MT 59101 Get Directions
(406) 238-2000

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I established cardiac electrophysiology (EP) here in 1991, and in 1993 moved to the Billings Clinic where support...
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Specialties

  • Cardiology
  • Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

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  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Internal Medicine

Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm of Heart
  • Arrhythmias
  • Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia, Familial, 1
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Bradycardia
  • Brugada Syndrome
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Chest Pain
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Heart Murmur
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Limb Swelling Caused by Fluid Overload
  • Long QT Syndrome
  • Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Syncope
  • Thrombosis
  • Ventricular Tachycardia (VT)
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White Pattern

Procedures Performed

  • Ablation for Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation
  • Ablation for Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Implantation
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiovascular Stress Test
  • Cardioversion, Elective
  • Cardioverter-Defibrillator or Pacemaker Insertion, Removal or Repair
  • Electrophysiological Study
  • Holter Monitoring
  • Impella Device
  • Insertion of Epicardial Lead for Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Insertion of Left Ventricular Lead for Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Pacemaker Insertion or Replacement
  • Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation
  • Removal or Revision of Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Tilt Testing or Cardiac Event Monitors

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Education

  • Medical School
    University Of Washington School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1984

  • Internship Hospital
    Kaiser Fdn Hosp

    Completed in 1985

  • Residency Hospital
    Kaiser Fdn Hospital

    Completed in 1987

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Kaiser Fdn Hosp-Sunset

    Completed in 1990

  • Undergraduate School
    Montana State University, Bozeman

    Graduated in 1980

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Specializes in Cardiology
  • Board certified in Cardiovascular Disease, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology and Internal Medicine
  • Malpractice claims in Montana not available
  • No sanctions found
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Dr. Thometz says...

 

I established cardiac electrophysiology (EP) here in 1991, and in 1993 moved to the Billings Clinic where support for the program has always been very high. This specialty is focused on treatment of heart rhythm problems rather than treatment of the vascular parts of the heart.

It takes a couple decades to develop such a substantial program. We provide all electrophysiology services. Since 1991 the specialty has evolved enormously. Defibrillators once requiring an open surgical procedure to implant are now done simply like a pacemaker. Radiofrequency ablation has conquered electrical short circuits causing fast heartbeats, one after another. We are highly experienced in ablation of all tachycardias, such as atrial fibrillation, SVT, Wolff-Parkinson-White, atrial and ventricular tachycardia. We are experienced with defibrillator and pacemaker implantation and follow around 1800 devices. We perform chronic device lead extraction. We have 4 pacemaker nurses, 2 mid-level providers (PA, Nurse Practitioner) all dedicated to EP, nurses, and extensive facilities newly built or being extensively remodeled and expanded. A service like this does not appear in a matter of a few years.

We are currently upgrading the hospital EP laboratories, doubling our capacity with more room space, due to heavy demand.

The Billings Clinic is focused on safety and was the #1 Hospital for Safety nationally in consumer reports in 2012. I am not pressured financially to do, or not to do procedures. I am not pressured to see too many patients in a short amount of time. The emphasis is on patient care rather than profits. Of course it's necessary for any business to stay solvent. But, unlike other hospitals run only by financial/managerial personnel, who's CEO is usually an MBA, our CEO is a physician and our board dominated by physicians. Therefore our "culture" is oriented towards patient care as a fact rather than a marketing slogan. This in turn attracts the right kinds of physicians to practice here.

We do not allow technicians to insert catheters or sheaths for procedures. We allow plenty of time for our procedures, and if necessary will spend more time than expected to finish the job, rather than bringing the patient back later for another one (although the nature of the EP practices is such that this is sometimes still necessary). These approaches are different than many other EP-providing hospitals.

In medical school at The University of Washington, an instructor once said "the secret to patient care is caring for the patient." While it can sound trite, it's actually the bedrock of a successful practice. Patients can tell that you are really trying to help them, and are then usually happy, whether or not you eventually can. If I'm hurried, distracted, unfocused, or otherwise unfriendly my practice will not thrive. But I can always learn whether practice patterns of mine are not appreciated by my patients. So I read my reviews on health grades and from elsewhere, and have in the past altered my practice as a result. It's likely I will do so again in the future.