Thelsa Thomas Weickert, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology
Service Line Lead for the Cardiology Inpatient Service

Specialty Areas: Advanced cardiac imaging- echocardiography and nuclear cardiology; valvular heart disease; advanced heart failure; preventive cardiology and women’s health.

Chronology: MD: University of Bombay/D.Y. Patil Medical College, 2002; Internship: Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital, Denver, CO, 2004-2005; Residency: Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital, Denver, CO, 2005-2007; Chief Resident, Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital, Denver, CO, 2007-2008; Fellow in Cardiovascular Medicine: University of North Carolina, 2008-2011; Chief Fellow in Cardiovascular Medicine: University of North Carolina, 2010-2011; Clinical Instructor in Cardiovascular Medicine/Senior Clinical Imaging Fellow: University of North Carolina, 2011-2012; Staff Cardiologist and Director of the Advanced Heart Failure clinic: The Southeast Permanente Medical Group, Atlanta, GA, 2012-2016; Assistant Professor of Medicine-Cardiology, December 2016-present.

Faculty award: Leonard Gettes Award in Cardiology: Outstanding Faculty Award, 2012.

Research award: NC TraCs Institute- UNC Translational and Clinical Science Award $50K Grant for “Familial Mitral Valve Prolapse Study.”

Selected bibliography: Buntaine AJ, Dangerfield C, Pulikottil T, Katz LM, Cook AM, Reed BN, Katz JN. Putting class IIb recommendations to the test: the influence of unwitnessed and Non-VT/VF arrests on resource consumption and outcomes in therapeutic hypothermia and targeted temperature management. Crit Pathw Cardiol. 2014 Jun;13(2):78-81. doi: 10.1097/HPC.0000000000000011.

Personal statement: “Doctors give drugs of which they know little, for diseases of which they know less, into bodies, of which they know nothing at all.” I have always tried to incorporate the cautionary wisdom of Voltaire’s words into my everyday practice. I believe that much healing is achieved by getting to know your patient and understanding their circumstances. I moved to North Carolina in 2008 for my cardiology fellowship at UNC-Chapel Hill. Having fallen in love with Tarheel country, I am thrilled at the opportunity to join the exceptional and growing team of cardiologists at UNC- Chapel Hill. I look forward to having a fulfilling career in academic cardiology and pursuing my lifelong dream of being a true patient advocate and also a thoughtful mentor to the next generation of physicians.