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    James Thomas

    James Thomas, M.D.



    Offers My Health Online

    Palo Alto Center
    795 El Camino Real
    Palo Alto, California 94301
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    (650) 321-4121 

    Spoken Languages

    Spanish (Fair)

    Community Activities

    Preceptor at Clínica Martín-Baró Free Clinic, beach clean-up activities in San Francisco, Habitat for Humanity volunteer

    Personal Interests

    Dr. Thomas enjoys spending time with his family, running, triathlon, lacrosse, cooking and traveling.


    Murgai M, Thomas JA, Cherepanova O, Delviks-Frankenberry K, Deeble P, Pathak KV, Rekosh D, Owens GK. Xenotropic MLV envelope proteins induce tumor cells to secrete factors that promote the formation of immature blood vessels. Retrovirology. 2013, 10:34.

    Thomas JA, Deaton RA, Hastings NE, Shang Y, Moehle CW, Eriksson U, Topouzis S, Wamhoff BR, Blackman BR, and Owens GK. PDGF-DD, a Novel Mediator of Smooth Muscle Cell Phenotypic Modulation, is Upregulated in Endothelial Cells Exposed to Atherosclerotic-Prone Flow Patterns. American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology. 2009; 296(2): H442-52.

    Pidkovka NA, Cherepanova OA, Yoshida T, Alexander MR, Deaton RA, Thomas JA, Leitinger N, Owens GK. Oxidized phospholipids induce phenotypic switching of vascular smooth muscle cells in vivo and in vitro. Circ Res. 2007 Oct 12; 101(8):792-801.

    Hoofnagle MH, Thomas JA, Wamhoff BR and Owens GK. Origin of Neointimal Smooth Muscle: We’ve Come Full Circle. Arterioscler. Thromb. Vasc. Biol. 2006; 26:2579-2581.

    Sinha S, Wamhoff BR, Hoofnagle MH, Thomas JA, Neppl RL, Deering T, Helmke B, Bowles DK, Somlyo AV, Owens GK. Assessment of Contractility of Purified Smooth Muscle Cells Derived from Embryonic Stem Cells. Stem Cells. 2006; 24(7):1678-88.

    Philosophy of Care

    I take care of people when they are in the hospital, a time which is stressful, anxiety-provoking and potentially isolating. The most crucial person in the clinical team is the person in the hospital gown, and I strive to inform, consult, and discuss important care plans with my patients and with their family members regularly and often. My goal is always to provide the highest quality care, delivered in a personal and compassionate manner to maximize people's health and minimize their time of disability and illness. I strive to make complex medical decisions in the best interests of my patients and with their collaboration. I believe that if providers can keep the best interests of their patients in mind, they will provide the best care to the people and the communities they serve.

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