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Thomas M Beaver, MD, MPH

Cardiovascular Surgeon

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About me

My name is Dr. Tom Beaver and I serve as the Grant and Shirle Herron Chair and as professor and chief of the division of cardiovascular surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine. My duties as chief of the division are diverse, but two of my favorite roles within the job are helping to educate the next generation of cardiac surgeons and helping patients achieve their health goals through surgical innovation.

I received my undergraduate and medical degrees with honors from the University of Wisconsin and completed general surgery training in Colorado. I moved to the warmer University of Florida to complete my cardiothoracic surgery training in 1998 and later a masters of public health with a focus on health policy. I am proud to have served our country as a member of The United States Army Reserve Medical Corps from 1991-2006. In 2004, I served in Tikrit, Iraq and Asadabad, Afghanistan and retired as a lieutenant colonel.

I was inspired to become a cardiovascular surgeon because of my family’s experiences with heart disease, beginning with my grandfather’s heart attack when I was a child, and my father and two uncles having coronary artery bypass surgery. I treat my patients like family and have devoted my career to making surgery safer and easier for patients through minimally invasive techniques and improved perioperative management. I specialize in minimally invasive surgery to treat atrial fibrillation, aortic aneurysm, and aortic and mitral valves – including transcatheter valve repair and replacement (TAVR) and thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR). I am currently the co-principal investigator in the U.S. for an international trial of hybrid ablation to manage inappropriate sinus tachycardia, or IST.

One aspect of being a surgeon in an academic medical center like UF Health is the opportunity to advance patient care through clinical research; I have more than 180 publications with research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the State of Florida and multiple industry trials evaluating valves, kidney protection and stent grafting for thoracic aneurysms.

One of my greatest accomplishments in life is being a father and husband. I love spending time with my lovely wife and two amazing kids on the weekends, often running as a family, including our Golden Doodle “Rocky.”

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Active clinical trials


Obtain safety and effectiveness data to support indication expansion for the Medtronic TAVR System to include patients with moderate, symptomatic AS.

Thomas M Beaver
Accepting Candidates
65 Years - N/A

This trial is a prospective, randomized, multicenter, multinational, blinded, superiority trial. The objective of this trial is to evaluate the effectiveness of left atrial appendage exclusion (LAAE) for the prevention of ischemic stroke or systemic…

Thomas M Beaver
Accepting Candidates
18 Years - N/A

Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia (IST) is a prevalent and debilitating condition in otherwise healthy younger patients, resulting in significant loss of quality of life, lacking effective treatment options or systematic clinical evidence to support a…

Thomas M Beaver
Accepting Candidates
18 Years - 75 Years
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My research

Top areas of exploration

  • Aortic Aneurysm, Thoracic , 35 publications
  • Blood Vessel Prosthesis Implantation , 29 publications
  • Postoperative Complications , 27 publications
  • Cardiac Surgical Procedures , 24 publications

Research activity

194 publications

2,922 citations

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