Dr. C.Thomas Peter was born in India and attended the Medical School at the Benares Hindu University. He did his post graduate studies in Medicine and Cardiology in Mumbai at the GS Medical College and King Edward Memorial Hospital. Subsequently, he spent two and one half years at the Royal Melbourne Hospital with Dr. Graeme Sloman and simultaneously obtained an M.D. degree from the University of Melbourne. Thereafter, he was at the Green Lane Hospital, in Auckland, New Zealand working with Dr. Robin Norris for a year in the field of Infarct size reduction both in the experimental and clinical setting.
Dr. Peter came over to U.S. in Jan of 1977 and remained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for over 30 years until his retirement including over 25 years as head of the section of Electrocardiography and Electrophysiology. He was the holder of the Wasserman Foundation chair in Clinical Electrophysiology from 1997 until his retirement. In September, 2004, he was honored by the University of California, Los Angeles, with a named International Mentorship program in Electrophysiology. This mentorship is an educational and training program for practicing electrophysiologists from around the world and over the last 9 years, several physicians, especially, from the developing countries have had access to the teaching facilities of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia center under the leadership of Dr. Kalyanam Shivkumar. Dr. Peter was honored with the "Lifetime Achievement award" by UCSF in 2007 and as Teacher of the Year by UCLA Approximately 15 years ago, he started an intensive review of Complex Arrhythmia analysis course for Cardiology and Electrophysiology fellows with Dr. Mel Scheinman, and, this has become an annual feature for such fellows from this part of U.S. He is also the founder and first President of CARES-a non profit group dedicated to the support of research and education in the field of Cardiac Arrhythmias. He has conducted numerous Arrhythmia related Educational events at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and over 25 years ago founded GLAES, the Greater Los Angeles Electrophysiology Society, which has hosted multiple dinner meets annually for distinguished national and International leaders in Electrophysiology. Dr. Peter has also represented the ACC at the annual Cardiac Society meeting of Brazil and Argentina and was chose to lead a group of Cardiologists to Cuba in 2001.
Dr. Peter's research work has been in a variety of areas including Telephone transmission of Electrocardiograms, assessment of the anti arrhythmic drug Dilantin for the prevention of sudden death in the first two years after an MI, Intravenous Beta Blockers in the setting of acute MI to limit infarct size, assessment of the mechanism and significance of Signal averaged ECG in the post MI patient and the patient with Ventricular Tachycardia, Amiodarone as an antiarrhythmic drug for patients with life threatening Ventricular arrhythmias, Assessment of the optimal role of Automatic Implantable Defibrillators in the high risk population, Resynchronization therapy in patients with heart failure with or without a LBBB etc, etc,
Starting a few years before and more so after his retirement, Dr. Peter has focused on voluntary work in teaching Electrophysiology, ablation and analysis of Complex arrhythmias at a variety of Medical Centers in parts of the world where a specialty such as Electrophysiology was slow to grow roots, such as Kathmandu, Nepal, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and the Medical College at Thiruvananthapuram and the Christian Medical colleges in Vellore and Ludhiana in India.
In the future, Dr. Peter plans to continue his teaching efforts locally, Nationally and Internationally.
Outstanding Teacher award-UCLAWasserman Chair of Clinical Electrophysiology: 1997-2007Visiting Lecturer on behalf of ACC to Brazil, Argentina & Dominican epublicLeader of Doctor’s delegation to Cuba- People to People Ambassador Program: 2001Lifetime Achievement award—UCSF 2006E.P. mentorship program at UCLA named as CTP (C. THOMAS PETER. MD) award