James A. Thomas, MD, FAAP


  • Texas Medical Center


Critical Care

Phone: 832-826-6230
Fax: 832-825-6229

Contact Information

6651 Main Street
MC E1420
Houston, TX 77030
United States
Texas US

Chief, Ethids

Texas Children's Hospital

Medical Director ECMO Service

Professor, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School fellowship Pediatric Critical Care 1995
Children's Hospital of Los Angeles residency Pediatrics 1992
Children's Hospital of Los Angeles internship Pediatrics 1990
Stanford University School of Medicine medical school Doctor of Medicine 1989


It is both an honor and a privilege to care for children and families both here in Houston and in resource-limited settings.

Clinical Interests:

Innovative approaches to treatment of cardiopulmonary failure. Clinical ethics at the limits of technology, viability, and resources. Designing culturally appropriate and ethically sound maternal-child care systems for vulnerable populations.

Research Interests:

Clinical applicability of advanced cardiopulmonary support strategies to improve outcomes.


Organization Name Role
American Academy of Pediatrics Fellow
Society of Critical Care Medicine Member

Selected Publications

Anton-Martin P, Thompson MT, Sheeran PD, Fischer A, Taylor D, Thomas JA. “Extubation during Pediatric Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO): a single center experience.”  Pediatric Critical Care Medicine 2014 Nov;15:861-9, Accession no. 25251516.

Thomas, JA, “Inflammation and Innate Immunity,” Chapter revision for Rogers’ Textbook of Pediatric Intensive Care, 5th Edition, 2015, Chapter 19, pages 225-39.

Bastero, P and Thomas, JA, “Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation in Pediatrics,” in Rudolph’s Textbook of Pediatrics, 23rd Edition, 2017.

Joffe A, Carcillo J, Anton N, deCaen A, Hong Y, Bell M, Maffei F, Sullivan J, Thomas J, Guerra G. “Donation after cardiac death: a call for a moratorium pending full public disclosure and fully informed consent.” Philos Ethics Humanities in Medicine 2011 Dec;6(1):11. PMID:2220661.

Greely, HT, TE Hamm, R Johnson, CR Price, R Weingarten, TA Raffin, and The Stanford University Medical Center Committee on Ethics, “The Ethical Use of Human Fetal Tissue in Medicine,” The New England Journal of Medicine 1989, 320(16):1093-1096, PMID 2535632.

Thomas, JA, TE Hamm, PE Perkins, TA Raffin, and the Stanford University Medical Center Committee on Ethics, “Animal Research at Stanford University: Principles, Policies and Practices,” The New England Journal of Medicine 1988, 318(24):1630-1632, PMID 3374537.

Ruark, JE, TA Raffin, and the Stanford University Medical Center Committee on Ethics, “Initiating and Withdrawing Life Support: Principles and Practice in Adult Medicine,” The New England Journal of Medicine 1988, 318(1):25-30, PMID 3275889.